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Ixtapa, Mexico

Ixtapa is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero.

Ixtapa is a government-planned tourist resort that was begun in the early 1970s and constructed on what was once a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary.

In 1968, the Bank of Mexico created a special fund for the creation of new tourist destinations on the country's coastlines. The first two such destinations were Cancún, in the state of Quintana Roo, and Ixtapa, next to the town of Zihuatanejo. The development of Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank.

The master plan for Ixtapa was developed by architects Enrique and Agustín Landa Verdugo, who also participated in the choice of the site. Their project defined the tourist destination's street layout and zoning. The project is organized in super-blocks with irregular shapes, with the high-speed streets separating... Read more

Ixtapa, Mexico

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Ixtapa is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero.

Ixtapa is a government-planned tourist resort that was begun in the early 1970s and constructed on what was once a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary.

In 1968, the Bank of Mexico created a special fund for the creation of new tourist destinations on the country's coastlines. The first two such destinations were Cancún, in the state of Quintana Roo, and Ixtapa, next to the town of Zihuatanejo. The development of Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank.

The master plan for Ixtapa was developed by architects Enrique and Agustín Landa Verdugo, who also participated in the choice of the site. Their project defined the tourist destination's street layout and zoning. The project is organized in super-blocks with irregular shapes, with the high-speed streets separating these blocks, and cul-de-sacs within them. A couple of architects were selected to build this city, some are still residents of this town. Architects like Miguel Ángel Rojas and Concepción Rivera live and work in this town. The famous Mexican Telenovela 'Marimar' was filmed here in 1994.

Parts of the 1987 film Hot Pursuit with John Cusack, Wendy Gazelle, Robert Loggia, Jerry Stiller, and Ben Stiller (in his first starring role) were filmed in and around the area.


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Ixtapa, Mexico: Port Information


Ixtapa is a tender port. Your cruise ship will anchor in Zihuatanejo Bay, and passengers will be transported ashore by tender boats. 
You can explore Zihuatanejo on foot. Ixtapa is around three miles away. Buses and taxis are available. 

Get around Ixtapa, Mexico


There are many taxis everywhere, and it's considered the most convenient way to explore the port and its surroundings. 
Local buses are the cheapest option to get to  Zihuatanejo and beaches. 
Besides, you can rent a car.

What to see in Ixtapa, Mexico


  • Playa Las Gatas. Looking for a family friendly beach, try “Cats Beach” also known as Playa Las Gatas. The waters here are known for being calm, cool, and easy to swim. There are nice, secluded areas for snorkeling and scuba diving, and a small beach shop with fabulous bikini tops. Support local vendors from the comfort of your deck chair – they sell delicious home-made ice cream, snacks, crafts, and other refreshments. There are small boats that take you from the town pier to the beach, with a short commute of only 10-15 minutes. Check it out!
  • Playa La Ropa One of Ixtapa’s largest and most breathtaking beaches is known as Playa La Ropa. This beach is filled with delicious restaurants, palm trees, and gentle waves. Sand and water lovers, this place is for you.

What to do in Ixtapa, Mexico


  • Swim with Dolphins. Phone from the USA: 1-877-234-7469 Email: fleetvamonos@yahoo.com.mx Imagine hugging a dolphin? Here is your chance! These lovable sea wonders swim and play with you in the water. Did you know that they are the most intelligent mammals on earth? This interactive program is a wonderful opportunity for both families and couples. Give flipper a high five!
  • Museo de Arqueología de la Costa Grande. Are you a history buff? Or do you enjoy learning neat facts? Check out this fabulous collection of treasures, history, and culture. The museum has a large variety of pottery and intriguing stone relics from years ago. The museum is open during the week and on weekends, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Phone: 755-554-7552
  • Ixtapa Divers. Want to look at coral up close? Swim in schools of tropical fish? Check out Ixtapa’s underworld. With Ixtapa Divers, you have the pleasure of PADI certified divers and excellent instructors. Why spend time baking on the beach when you can explore the cool sea? Check it out. Email: ixtdivers@prodigy.net.mx
  • Ecological and Adventure Kayak Tours, ☎ +52 755-553-0496. On this special tour, you will discover different agricultural areas and charming local villages. This ecological tour offers the chance to see an array of birds and Ixtapa’s thriving plant life. The tour also takes you through mangrove channels and wetlands. The best part is you get to experience five distinct ecological zones all while paddling. Spot iguanas and crazy chattering tropical birds. For a work-out and a visual treat, try this tour.
  • Sportfishing Charters, e-mail: mexseafish@yahoo.com.mx. Phone: (USA) 1-877-234-7469 Sail with expert fishermen on the Pacific. These fishermen are not only experts but have an incredible passion for fishing and Mexico. They can tell you all about Ixtapa and teach you a lot about different fish and fishing practices. There are many different boats to charter. You get to pick a boat and fish for the day.
  • Iguana’s Wild Tours. Ready for some adventure? Bike around paradise with this fun tour. You can rent bicycles or motorcycles and cruise through the beautiful land of Ixtapa.

What to eat and drink in Ixtapa, Mexico


Eat

  • Casa Morelos, ☎ +52 755-553-0578. Centro Comercial La Puerta, Locales 9, 10 y 18, Ixtapa. This restaurant specializes in both good food and good service. Some unique and highly recommended dishes include the seafood casserole, shrimp in mustard sauce, and the crayfish in Ajillo (garlic) sauce.
  • El Galeón, ☎ +52 755-553-2150. Marina Ixtapa If you like tuna steak, this is the place to go. With an abundance of tasty seafood and delicious pastas, you won’t go hungry. You can choose whether to dine on the terrace or on “the ship.” The restaurant reproduced a boat that sits on land but overlooks the water. The food is excellent.
  • Elvira’s Playa la Ropa. If you are looking for casual, cheap, and of course cheerful, Elvira’s is your place. This restaurant is located on Playa La Ropa and is on the sand. Where else can you dine in your flip-flops or even barefoot if you prefer? The restaurant specializes in seafood, come hungry.
  • Villa De La Selva, ☎ +52 755-553-0362. Paseo de la Roca Lote. This Mediterranean – contemporary restaurant is a blend of fabulous fishes, meat, and the freshest vegetables around. The elegant ambiance of this restaurant is as grand as the ocean it overlooks. One of the best characteristics of this restaurant is its spectacular location.

Drink

  • Casa Bahia (Zihuatanejo Yacht Club), Col. Almacen (On the road to Puerto Mio), ☎ +52 755 554-8666. Noon-Midnight. Dine with spectacular views of Zihuatanejo Bay. A perfect place to catch a relaxing drink and dinner with a moon-rise over the hills. Consistently good seafood, meats and pastas, and the only place in town you can catch a real Salisbury Steak with gravy. mid-range.

Shopping in Ixtapa, Mexico


  • Zih Galería. Browse the rich art history of Mexico. Check out Zih Galería located nearby in Zihuatanejo. Here you will find a great collection of contemporary art and sculpture produced by many famous and well respected Mexican artists. Some of these artists include Marco A. Bustamante, José Coyote, and Manuel Gillén.

Safety in Ixtapa, Mexico


Mexico's emergency number is 066, call this number for any emergency service: such as police, medical, fire, etc.

Advice for the beach
  • Jellyfish stings: vinegar or mustard on the skin, take some to the beach with you.
  • Stingray stings: water as hot as you can bear - the heat deactivates the poison.
  • Sunburns: Bring sunscreen if going to beaches because you might not find it available in some areas.
  • Riptides: Very dangerous, particularly during and after storms. Try to swim parallel to the beach even as you are being dragged out; eventually, the tide will let go of you and then you can swim back to shore. Do not tire yourself out by trying to swim to shore as the tide is pulling you out, as you will not have the energy to swim back to shore after the tide has let go of you.

Language spoken in Ixtapa, Mexico


Spanish is the main language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

1:57 am
June 19, 2019
America/Mexico_City

CURRENT WEATHER

29.54 °C / 85.172 °F
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Wed

29.65 °C/85 °F
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Thu

29.32 °C/85 °F
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Fri

29.35 °C/85 °F
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Sat

29.47 °C/85 °F
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LOCAL CURRENCY

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