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Welcome to Ixtapa in Mexico!

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Ixtapa is a popular beach resort and tourist destination in the municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) to the northwest of the municipal seat, Zihuatanejo, and some 245 km (152 mi) northwest of Acapulco. Ixtapa is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Ixtapa you may wish to check out the Ixtapa hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Ixtapa? We also offer extensive day trips and shore excursions in Ixtapa. This unique place has simply amazing things to see. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Ixtapa Mexico.

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Ixtapa is beautiful tourist destination and is part of the well known Guerrero’s Sun Triangle, together with Acapulco, a renowned beach resort of Mexico and Taxco, a Colonial Town within our state. Ixtapa is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place. Despite being a major tourist destination the resident population of Ixtapa is only 6600 people, who mainly work in the tourism sector and supporting businesses.

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Whether you are visiting Ixtapa in Mexico for business, pleasure or both, we´re sure that Ixtapa will meet all of your expectations and that the people of Ixtapa will make you feel welcome while sampling some of the unique cuisine on offer in the Ixtapa Restaurant districts.

The birth of Ixtapa

Ixtapa yacht marina

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

The development of Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank and, 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 now infamous destinations were Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, and Ixtapa, next to the town of Zihuatanejo.

Ixtapa Aerial Photo

Ixtapa was initially developed by just two Mexican architects, Enrique and Agustín Landa Verdugo, the latter also decided on the choice of the site. Their project defined the tourist destination’s street layout and municipal zoning. The tourism project is configured using super-blocks with irregular shapes, with the express passage streets for motor vehicles separating these blocks, and cul-de-sacs within each of them. Other architects were also selected to build this city; some are still celebrity residents of this town. Architects like Concepción Rivera and Miguel Ángel Rojas still live and work in Ixtapa.

Telenovela Marimar Ixtapa

A little know fact is that the famous Mexican soap opera (Telenovela) ‘Marimar’ was filmed here between 1994 and 1995. Mexicans from all over the nation began a love affair with Ixtapa because of Marimar which presented Ixtapa as a chic and fashionable neighborhood with affluent residents.

Horse Back riding in Ixtapa

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Your Ixtapa horseback riding adventure starts as soon as our guide picks you up from the cruise ship port and takes you to Rancho El Palmar, where you’ll be paired with a horse that suits your riding skills. Designed for both beginners and experienced riders, this Zihuatanejo Ixtapa horseback riding shore excursion is exciting and fun activity for all, including children!

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The ride consists of two-hour ride along the beach then through the tropical jungle. Riding through coconut groves and small huts tucked beneath the trees, towering coconut palms with mango and banana trees growing under them.

We leave the forest and onto Playa Larga, which means “long beach.” Ride along the 9.5 miles (15km) of unspoiled beach lined with palm trees, and savor the picturesque view of Zihuatanejo Bay.

Cruises to Ixtapa Mexico

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Cruise

Throughout the year, the picturesque and sheltered Zihuatanejo’s bay, of only 1.8 miles wide, is visited by numerous Cruise Ships, motor yachts, sailboats and VIP private yachts from all over the world.

Luxury Yacht Ixtapa Mexico

Ixtapa is an extremely popular cruise port with 100s of shore excursions available for visitors.

The love boat Ixtapa

Ixtapa was a famous stop-over port for the late 70s and early 80s TV series “The Love Boat”. In real life, the well-known “Pacific Princess” of the Princess Cruises Line that docked in Zihuatanejo over many years and helped Ixtapa gain worldwide notoriety.

Ixtapa El Centro

The Ixtapa downtown area known as El Centro is a hive of activity both day and night and is great for walking and looking around the many shops on offer, as is the Paseo del Pescador, a brick-paved beachfront promenade that goes along Playa La Madera and Playa Principal Beaches right up to the Pier with many restaurants on its way.

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A romantic walk along this pacific promenade is a favorite with couples and lovers alike.

Ixtapa Accommodations & Hotels

Ixtapa Hotels

Ixtapa is a major Mexican tourist destination with over 6500 hotel rooms. Numerous large international hotel chains manage properties in Ixtapa, including Meliá, NH Hoteles, and the InterContinental Hotels Group. All-inclusive resort packages are widely available from North America and the Mexican national market, Ixtapa also being a favorite with Mexican tourists. Ritzier accommodations are available at luxury boutique hotels mostly in Zihuatanejo, and some cheaper small hotels and inns from 1 to 4 stars.

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Ixtapa also has a wide range of rental villas with pools, maid and chef services which cater to the large volume of jetsetters, Hollywood stars and fashion sector who visit Ixtapa to enjoy its year round weather.