Separated by just a few of miles of beaches, the twin resorts of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa are some of Mexico's most laid back vacation spots. The rainy season is from July to October, but the rains are less frequent here than at other resorts on Mexico's Pacific coast such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.
Ixtapa is a very well organized, purpose built resort with many high rise hotels and modern infrastructure. Zihuatanejo, on the other hand, is rather more hap-hazard, charming and authentically Mexican. These two neighbouring resorts make for an interesting contrast. Of the two resorts, Ixtapa is more luxurious, Zihuatanejo slightly more rustic and hippyish.
Popular activities in the area are deep sea fishing, scuba diving, boat tours to remote beaches or Ixtapa Island, as well as golfing holidays.
Like so many other resorts on Mexico's coast, Zihuatanejo used to be a sleepy fishing village until a couple of decades ago. Blessed with some of Mexico's most lovely beaches at Zihuatanejo Bay, this is now one of Mexico's most loved resorts for those in the know.
Zihuatanejo has a larger range of accommodation options than Ixtapa - everything from stylish boutique hotels to cheap budget places can be found.
Ixtapa is a relatively small resort, with only a few dozen places to stay, most of which are high-rise beach front hotels. It lacks overly luxurious hotels, making it a much better value beach vacation destination than many of the bigger resorts on this coast. Because of it's fine beaches, manageable size and reasonable price, Ixtapa is a popular choice for family vacations - take care with the dangerous currents though.
Luxury hotels in Ixtapa include the Las Brisas, Westin Resort, Dorado Pacifico, the NH Krystal Hotel, the Sheraton and the Sunspree Resort, to name just a few.