Things to Do in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Things to Do in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Sitting in front of the Pacific Ocean and in the shadows of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo bestow a wealth of outdoor adventure opportunities awaiting discovery. These beach resort destinations may be neighbors, but they could not be more different in disposition. Modern and luxurious conveniences are abundant in Ixtapa while Zihuatanejo remains the quintessential Mexican beach community. Travelers can soak up the ocean breeze and take in adventure while experiencing all that both towns and surrounding lands have to offer.

Playa Las Gatas

Reachable by rock hopping on rugged shoreline or by boat from the town pier, Playa Las Gatas lies beneath the south end of the Punta El Faro headland. Generally calm and quiet, this secluded shoreline is a haven for snorkeling and scuba diving. Also known as "Nurse Shark Beach," this crystal water shoreline is home to the docile bottom dwelling members of the shark family.


Located along the white sands of Ixtapa, Delfiniti offers guests the opportunity to swim among the playful dolphins. Family members of all ages can have a once in a lifetime encounter with these strong and intelligent mammals of the sea by participating in any one of the five distinct programs.

Lote Anexo 6B, Zona Hotelera 1
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero México, C.P. 40880
+52 (755) 553-2736


With miles of shoreline, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo offer premier surfing destinations for beginners to experienced shredders. As the number of travelers visiting the warm waters of these beachfront towns increases so do the accommodating surf camps and shops. Surfers can frequently be found catching waves at Playa Madera and Las Gatas. More secluded spots are located just north of Zihuatanejo at Playa Linda and Troncones.

Offering their five-day progressive surf camp, Troncones Surf Camp will have newcomers to the sport surfing up and riding waves safely while enjoying a relaxing vacation at this very private resort.

Troncones Surf Camp
Troncones, Mexico
+52+755 103 0018
+52+755 558 3821 (November to June)
(541) 563-6944 (June to November)

Isla Ixtapa

From parasailing to snorkeling, Isla Ixtapa features exciting experiences set within a simple paradise. Visitors can catch a boat from Playa Linda to this primitive island where there is no running water or electricity. Purely a daytime excursion, Isla Ixtapa's calm waters and protected sea life make for a picturesque day of scuba diving or snorkeling. Taking a sunset hike up to Playa Carey, the most secluded beach on the island, to a small lighthouse will provide hikers spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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