does non tourist Ixtapa exist?
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 8:18 PM Last Post By: zipolita
Nov 12, 2012 5:16 AM
does non tourist Ixtapa exist?Flight deal available to get down to Ixtapa over Christmas break - but don't want to stay in an expensive resort for expats? Are there local resort areas? not to commercial fishing communities etc near by? Our spanish is good, but not having enough exposure to Mexico don't know how to find the holiday experience we would like. A location closer to diving & snorkeling than surfing, would be ideal.
Nov 12, 2012 5:32 AM
1The airport for Ixtapa is located in Zihuatanejo, which is a far more "Mexican" resort town. I think you'll find staying there would meet your needs. Wide range of accomodation and plenty of restaurants.
The fishing boats come back to the beach every morning. Head to the mercado to see the catch and get a taste.
The Pacfic in that area, is fairly cold and lifeless. I'd skip diving. Lots of other stuff to do.
Nov 12, 2012 5:37 AM
2Agree with #1 - "Ixtapa" is just a short strip of 6 large hotels and not particularly attractive. Zihuatenejo lies the other side of a mountain and is a small fishing town with some pleasant beaches available. Ixtapa is showing its age and Zihua has been spruced up nicely so ironically the old town looks a lot cleaner than the new resort area of Ixtapa! There are lots of smaller hotels available and I am sure you will find something suitable.
Nov 12, 2012 6:51 AM
Nov 12, 2012 8:47 AM
4Zihuatanejo, as others have suggested ... is probably what will satisfy your needs. Regarding Ixtapa: It was a government-owned resport project ... same as Cancun, Huatulco, Cabo San Lucas and Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl.
A good resource - forum, hotel/restaurant guide ... is found at: http://www.zihuatanejo.net/
Nov 12, 2012 9:01 AM
Nov 12, 2012 12:30 PM
6"Flight deal available to get down to Ixtapa over Christmas break - but don't want to stay in an expensive resort for expats? Are there local resort areas? not to commercial fishing communities etc near by? "
If your dates include the week before Christmas or especially the week following, you will have lots of company. It's when families from the highlands all descend on their favorite beach. Book soon and be prepared for 'sticker shock' for accommodations. Other than Easter, it is the major national tourist holiday period.
Nov 12, 2012 3:13 PM
7Zihua of course but also near by is Barra de Potosi a most lovely dirt road Mexican Village with a 91/2 mile beach, great cafés, nice Inns, a wonderful Refuge, a lagoon perfect for kayaking, rentals for 100 pesos per hour.
Also Petetlan a unique small town with one of the few Gold markets in Mexico.
Nov 12, 2012 3:16 PM
Nov 12, 2012 4:57 PM
9There are some old guys with battered boats who come in with their catch to sell to the restaurants on the walk but that's the limit as far as I've seen of the fishing industry in Zihua. Actually Zihua is the service city for the region with the banks and retail stores. It's best to keep in mind that the real beach action is out at La Ropa, a very nice beach, but a good two miles from the the centre of Zihua. Having said that, I also would recommend Zihua for a good little vacation.
Nov 12, 2012 9:29 PM
Nov 17, 2012 8:28 AM
11I'm sorry to say that my time in Zihuatenjo was not the best. A taxi driver and hotel overcharged us. That said other people we met and spoke to were very kind and helpful. Especially the lady at the bus depot she was a real sweetie. You have to remember it is a cruiseship port or it was and that really changes a place.
I visited Zihua for the first time in 1996 for one day while working as a photographer on a cruiseship and I loved the place where the fisherman gather and sell the fish. When my daughter and I returned a few years ago, she enjoyed this alot too, but like I said we had issues with the taxi and hotel. I'm not sure why, some said it was because the economy was bad at that time.
If you want to catch a few buses, go to Acapulco and get a bus to Pochutla and come out to Zipolite or Mazunte. It's really beautiful and there's lots of sun, sand and surf. Remember though it's packed at Christmas, to try to reserve in advance but many places are first come first serve. Also the prices are higher during Christmas and Semana Santa but lower than any other resort I am sure.
Anything at Christmas will be packed as there are the foreigners but also all the people from Mexico City and Oaxaca come to the beach.
The markets in Zihua have all the touristy things and very beautiful artisans work, gorgeous rugs and stuff so you can definitely find a great selection here but I am not sure of any prices.
Question? Are the cruiseships still going there. Just watch this video I made, been a long time since I looked at it, you should check it out too! Zihuatanejo
Nov 18, 2012 8:33 PM
Nov 19, 2012 7:48 AM
13The war has probably been the principal reason cruise ships have pretty much stopped visiting Mexican Riviera ports of call ... or most of what had been visited in years earlier. Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Mazatlan ... in one way or another they're seeing fewer or no cruis ships calling. Acapulco gets the Panama Canal trips. Zihuanejo may bet one or two a year. Mazatlan, none or maybe one a year now. Stops at Acapulco were said to have stopped originally because the local government jacked-up the port use fees. There has never been much cruise ship passenger interest in Zihuatanejo, for it's own sake. Stops were interesting because they were coupled with ther ports and Acapulco. Mazatlan is avoided for security or perception of security problems. So the ships stop at Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas ... and maybe one or two at La Paz. An uninteresting itinerary for most people, it would seem.
Comparing Zihuatanejo with Zipolite is an apples to oranges exercise. Zihua would win hands-down in any contest, I'm thinking. They attract different sorts of people. I can't think of one reason to recommend that someone stop at Zipolite.
Nov 19, 2012 12:20 PM
14I have to agree that comparing Zihua to Zipolite is like comparing apples and oranges but I can think of 100's of reasons to visit Zipolite.
Here are a few. Enjoy Zihua. Have a great day :D
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