Ixtapa Zihuatanejo - Shopping and Browsing, Artisan markets, etc.
All prices are approximate and for reference purposes only
is a large choices for shopping or just browsing in both
Zihuatanejo. One thing you should be aware of, is that here most
store owners do a "lunch break" followed by a "siesta time". Usually
their business hours are from 9:00a.m. 'till 2:00p.m. and again from
4:00p.m. 'till 8:00p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays. During high
season many shops extend their business hours and open on Sundays too.
State of Guerrero is home to several craft traditions of our country,
including ceramics plates and whole dinner sets, carved hard-wood fish
sculptures, colorful wood or clay ceremonial masks, paintings on
tree-bark, handcrafted decorated boxes (in many sizes) and
the world famous "hamacas" (hammocks) in
single and double size, and you will find them at many local shops.
Zihuatanejo offers you a large variety of
little to medium size clothing shops, boutiques, jewelry stores and
souvenirs shops for you to enjoy and browse while walking around. Don't
forget to take advantage of theirs special offer merchandise that are
advertised with signs Oferta (on sale),
Rebaja (price reduced) and
has a boulevard with Shopping Centers and
stores alongside. There, you will find from famous name-brand national
and international clothing, leather goods, silver, etc. to the typical
Mexican merchandise such as hammocks, traditional clothing, crafts and
parts of our destination have a large and colorful artisan markets
(called Mercado Turistico de Artesanías)
with more than 100 stands for the one in
Zihuatanejo and more than 50 stands for the one in
Ixtapa. These markets have a large variety
of articles and it is very worthwhile to visit them for souvenir and
gift shopping. The one in Zihuatanejo is
located in Ave. Cinco de Mayo, in front of church and near main pier,
and the one in Ixtapa it's located at the
tend to be a little lower in the market in Zihuatanejo than in Ixtapa.
artisans markets were created in the year 1990 by the City Government
because a State Law was passed that prohibited all kind of "walking
salespersons" on the streets and beaches of any Guerrero's tourist
destination, but a few of this salespersons are still around even today
despite the strict enforcement of the law by our authorities.
you want to help in eradicating this bothersome way of selling, please
do not encourage them by buying their products or services.
both artisans markets you will find great souvenirs and decoration
articles at very reasonable prices. Bargaining is the fun part of
every transaction, so don't be afraid to do so, but take into
consideration that what they might say it's sterling silver it could be
"alpaca" which is silver with a high content of nickel, not
real silver as we know it.
(pewter) pieces look very nice and they are very reasonable priced
making them a good choice as souvenir for your friends back home.
articles offered in these markets are mostly hand-made by local artisans
or from around our area so every piece has a unique touch.
miss the chance to visit one of them, it is a lot of fun and very
colorful. Enjoy the real Mexican flavor and have a
good time while shopping or browsing.
old craftsmanship and very famous tradition of our State are the
huaraches (handmade leather sandals) and
if you like to wear them, check the shoe stores, there you'll find the
one just right for your taste.
boutiques, stores and jewelry shops in both of our towns have fixed
prices where bargaining is not very welcome unless you are buying a
large quantity of products or a very expensive one, in which case you
can ask for a discount. Some shops that honor credit cards might offer
you a discount if you pay for your purchase in cash, ask the
boutiques offer large selections of T-Shirts with decorations referring
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and local attractions.
T-Shirts could be great as presents to take back home to your relatives
and friends. They are priced from very cheap to expensive,
specially for those hand-painted on a fine cloth.
our towns you will find jewelry stores and "Platerias" (where they sell
silver jewelry only). They sell many beautiful hand-made pieces at
fair prices. Most of the sterling silver they work with .925 and .950,
comes from the mines in Taxco, a colonial city within our State. Some of
these shops have an in-house designer, so if you want something special,
bit of advice... not all that shine is gold or silver, the selling price
should tell you so. Nobody can sell something for less than its real
value. So, if you decide to buy a nice gold or silver piece, it's
recommended that you do it from a reputable shop that will guarantee
your purchase Don't take risks...
your are on vacation to enjoy!
Petatlan, a nearby town, just 25 min. away by
car, you'll find a gold-market located in front of their famous church.
Here, artisans sell nice gold pieces made of 12K, 14K and 18K and 24K
only on request at prices slightly below the market. Usually you'll save
10% to 15% on the cost of workmanship because you are dealing directly
with the manufacturer and not with a reseller or middle-man.
is a good idea to go in a tour offered by a tour operator agency and ask
the advice of the official guide for the shops having the best
reputation and service.
you will like to buy Gold Coins minted by the Mexican Government, check
at local banks. Centenario $50 gold coin approx. US$1900.00;
Azteca $20 gold coin approx. US$880.00;
Hidalgo $10 gold coin
approx. US$350.00; 1/2 Hidalgo $5 gold coin
approx. US$180.00; 1/4 Hidalgo $2.5 gold coin
approx. US$95.00 and 1/5 Hidalgo $2 gold coin
approx. US$78.00. Silver
Troy Ounce coin approx. US$30.00;
Liberty Ounce coin approx. US$35.00
not shown in actual size. Prices fluctuate up and down according to the
value of metals (gold or silver) so they may change daily. Check at bank for the day selling
price. Banks may not have a stock of all coins and it will require from
2 to 3 working days to get them. Some coins may not be available at the
prices listed in businesses should have 16% I.V.A. (Value Added
Tax) included as stated in our laws. If you so desire, you may
ask for an "Invoice" of the purchase not just a sales ticket.
To be an invoice it has to have the word "FACTURA" printed on it
and also the requirements set by the SAT (Tributary Administration
Services). If you're not sure that they gave a legal invoice, seek advise.
We hope you will have a great
shopping or just browsing around !!!
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