The twin resorts of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico 144 miles northwest of Acapulco along the coast known as La Costa Grande.
Ixtapa is a government-planned resort of high-rise hotels, designer shops, gourmet restaurants, golf courses, and popular nightclubs. Planned at the same time as Cancun, it never has reached the same popularity.
Zihuatanejo is a thriving community that has grown from a fishing village. It is composed of a natural bay surrounded by several beaches. Zihuatanejo has a more authentic Mexican flavor and a large selection of inexpensive restaurants.
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are covered together because they are complementary cities within minutes of each other. For your vacation in Mexico, you can get the best of both worlds by staying in the fabulous resort of Ixtapa and also experiencing the Mexican culture in nearby Zihuatanejo. Both cities are on the bay so you can go fishing, diving, and snorkeling or stay on the beach and watch the yachts and cruise ships in the harbor.
There are many activities and tours to keep you busy, and many restaurants and clubs to keep you happy. You will obviously want to do your shopping in the village of Zihuatanejo.