Ixtapa is located on the Pacific coast of southwestern Mexico, about 140 miles from Acapulco.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH) is small but has direct flights from the U.S. and Canada, as well as domestic flights from elsewhere in Mexico. The airport is only 8 miles from town. Rental cars and taxis provide transportation into town, with a collective taxi (shared service) the cheaper alternative.
Playa El Palmar is Ixtapa's main beach, a 1.5-mile long strip of white sand, and it is lined with hotels. Playa Quieta and Playa Linda are a little further removed, but quieter and less developed.
The area has two first-rate 18-hole golf courses in the Palma Real Golf Course and and Marina Ixtapa Golf Club.
The tropical waters off Ixtapa can reach a stunning 120 feet of visibility, and there are good rocks and reefs with plenty of fish.
Swim with Dolphins
Ixtapa has a two-tier "Swim with the Dolphins" program at its Dolphinarium, plus a program suitable for children ages 3 to 7. In 2009, the longest program cost $119 and lasted for roughly one hour.
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