stretches along Playa Palmar and is just 230 kilometers up the coast
Ixtapa, is the most modern resort on Mexico's west coast.
Hotel offerings include a fine collection of deluxe properties. While
not bustling with things to see and do, Ixtapa keeps active guests on
the go with its world-class golf, excellent tennis facilities, some of
Mexico's best Pacific Coast diving, fishing and ocean swimming. The
restaurant, shopping and nightlife scene are a bit subdued compared to
other Pacific resorts, yet there is still enough diversity to make for
Marina Ixtapa is a new 440-acre mega-project just up the
beach from the Ixtapa hotel zone. It is comprised of nautical facilities
with 622 yacht slips, private villas, restaurants, shops, a beach club
(Club Playa) and tennis center. An 18-hole golf course, designed by
Robert Von Haggue is crisscrossed by recreational canals.
Nearby Zihuatanejo, is a pleasant contrast to the glitz of
Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo has comfortable, family- run inns, modestly
priced hotels and bungalows, and three very special deluxe properties.
With its seaside cafes, intriguing native markets, a pleasant malecon
(seaside promenade), and centuries of tradition, the city is one of
Mexico's most fun to explore.
The Weather: With a year-round semi-tropical climate and
average temperatures ranging from 23 to 33 degrees Celsius (73-93
degrees Fahrenheit), Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo enjoys approximately 300 days of
The rainy season generally starts in late May or June and carries
on through the end of September or into October. The rains usually fall
in the late afternoons or evenings and infuse the region with an intense
Light and casual clothing is recommended year-round - but remember
to also bring a sweater or light jacket for evenings as the sea breeze
at night can sometimes become unexpectedly chilly, particularly from
late December through March.
The water itself can be definitely balmy. The sea is generally at
its coolest in March and April. Average annual water temperature: 79F
(26C). Winter average: 70F-73F (21-23C), Summer average: 80F-82F