Our beautiful tourist destination is part of the well known Guerrero's Sun Triangle, together with Acapulco, a renown beach resort of Mexico and Taxco, a Colonial Town within our state.
Zihuatanejo is pronounce it as "zee-watt-a-NEH-ho" which means "place of woman" in the Nahuatl tongue. Ixtapa is pronounce it as "eeks-TAH-pa" which means "the white place" in the same tongue. They are hard to pronounce for sure, but they are beautiful to discover and enjoy. If you'll like to know more about our roots, visit "Our History" in menu.
Since inmemorable times natives of Zihuatanejo are called "Sanca" (SAN-kah) that means "Amigo" (Friend), so in some occasions when you talk to local people don't be surprised if they call you that way. Example: "Look Sanca, the church is three blocks ahead..."
In the international code of abbreviations such as in the case of airlines, weather and similar uses, Zihuatanejo is listed as ZIH and Ixtapa as IXT.
For telephones, our Area Code number is 52 (for Mexico) + 755 (for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo). All Zihuatanejo numbers, excluding cellular phones, begin with digits 554, 544 or 112 and Ixtapa with 553 or 552. Some numbers begin with 555 and they may be located either in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo because their are special digital lines.
Our Zip Codes (Postal Codes) goes from 40880 to 40897. If you are not sure what zip code to use, put 40880 and your mail will surely get to our towns for local distribution. The Zip Code must be preceded by the letters CP, as CP40880.
Unlike any other Mexican resort destinations, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo comprises two entirely different places with distinct lifestyles side by side. In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo you will visit TWO RESORTS for the price of one!
Our resort is great for families, singles, couples, honeymooners, old timers... and SPECIALLY FOR YOU! Once you discovered Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo you will return... and return... and return...
Zihuatanejo is a small town which nowadays still keeps its typical physiognomy and the friendly atmosphere of the old fishing village, that gives it that True Mexican Flavor.
The vivid downtown area has its traditional tejabanes (wood structures with terracotta tiles roofing) on all the sidewalks which continues giving the city an appearance and flavor of a very typical and old Mexican town.
Many of the buildings have preserved the traditional tropical coastal appearance which makes our downtown area a nice mixture of the old with the modern look.
There are many cozy restaurants, boutiques, jewelry and silver stores, bars, hotels from one star to special category, tourist markets, and much more. You won't see any tall buildings, five stories maximum, because they are not permitted by a City Law whose purpose is to conserve the traditional village look as much as possible.
Every year the picturesque and sheltered Zihuatanejo's bay, of only 1.8 miles wide, is visited by more than 50 Pleasure Cruise Ships as by sailboats and private yachts from many, many nations.
The downtown area known as El Centro is great for walking and browsing, as it is the Paseo del Pescador, a brick-paved beachfront promenade that goes along Playa La Madera and Playa Principal beaches up to the Pier with many restaurants on its way.
In spite of the progress and the inevitable and continuous modernization of the city but with the idea to try to preserve its origins and roots, up to now, Zihuatanejo has been able to retain most of its look, its charm, its traditions, its friendliness and those sincere smiles of our people... NO MANY TOURIST PLACES CAN SAY THAT!!!
Ixtapa is a modern world-class resort that was designed and created from the ground-up by Fonatur (National Tourism Development Fund, a federal bureau that is in charge of developing and urbanizing new tourist destinations) in an old coconut plantation that was expropriated and began its developing in 1968.
The city maintenance is still done by Fonatur with federal funds in contrast with Zihuatanejo where the City Government does all the chores.
Ixtapa has several colonial and modern style Malls interconnected by plazas and gardens which makes it very difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.
There, you'll find many restaurants, bars, boutiques, shops, grocery markets, drug stores, etc. On the other side of the boulevard from the malls are the beachfront hotels with their typical restaurants and bars.
Ixtapa has many high-rise hotels of four and five stars. Most hotels are of well known international and national chains. The main hotel strip known as "Hotel Zone I" is about 2 miles long and its beach is called El Palmar.
In Playa El Palmar beach you can partake on most water sports, including surfing in the area know as Las Escolleras.
Many people falls in love with Ixtapa... WE ARE SURE YOU'LL BE THE NEXT ONE!!
If this is your first trip to our destination, maybe the first question you should ask yourself before deciding in a hotel should be... What part of the destination do I think I would like the best for lodging? Ixtapa for its modern buildings, green areas and a prevailing international ambiance? or Zihuatanejo for its typical fishing village look, traditions and a mixture of international and Mexican atmosphere?. To help you decide, we give you a brief description of the lodging available in each part of our double destination:
Ixtapa has mostly high-rise hotels of renown national and international chains and a few independently operated with rating classifications of Grand Tourism, 5 stars and 4 stars, where first-class lodging services are in hand in some of them. Many offer ample gardens and great sea views from their rooms.
Other options for lodging in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo are the small family Inns, Bed & Breakfast little hotels, "Casas de Huespedes" (very basic house-type hotels), etc. You'll have a large selection to choose from. For lodging choices check menu.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is used as background for many international big screen movies and national television programs. It's not unusual to see a major movie or TV star working or vacationing in our area.
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