Welcome to Ixtapa

Ixtapa was nothing more than a coconut plantation until the late 1970s when Fonatur (the Mexican government’s tourism development group) decided that the Pacific coast needed a Cancún-like resort. In came the developers and up went the high-rises. The result is a long string of huge hotels backing a lovely beach, but little local community. Ixtapa’s appeal is best appreciated by families seeking a hassle-free... Read More

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$55 Water Sports

Las Gatas Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

You will be pickup at the lobby of your hotel, to be transfer to the Zihuatanejo Bay; the drive will take about 20 minutes. When you get to La Ropa beach you will get on a kayak and paddle to the sea wall of Las Gatas Beach, after 25 minutes on the kayak you will get to the shore. Once on the beach you will have a cold beer or water and will give ourselves a chance to relax for a few minutes. After the break you will have the chance to snorkel for about 1 hour starting from shore into the underwater sea wall where you will find hermit crabs, tropical fish, coral reef formations, different types of sea urchins, star fish, sea cucumbers and also an artificial coral in the shape of a bell. During the snorkeling you will also have the opportunity to see a statue of Jesus Crises Under water. While you snorkel there will be a tour guide showing you all of the beautiful under water marine life in Las Gatas Bay. Your tour also includes a great lunch that will be served after the snorkeling, the lunch will consist of one of the following choices: Fish filet on the grill with garlic or fish filet Breaded Chicken fajitas or chicken on the grill. Shrimp in garlic or shrimp breaded. Cheese quesadillas. All the dishes come with rice, salad and guacamole with chips. After you have lunch you will have time to relax for about 1 hour and 45 minutes and then we will kayak back to the starting point, from there you will transport back to your hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo. You will be picked up in you hotel in Ixtapa hotel district number 1 at 9:00 A.M or from the hotel district number 2 at 8:30am The tour will be over around 3:30 P.M.

$120 Private & Custom Tours

Private Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo City Tour

At 9am, meet your personal guide in the lobby of your Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo hotel. With just your private group, step into an air-conditioned luxury vehicle to begin your customized half-day exploration of the area. Drive down Playa Linda Boulevard to see the Ixtapa bicycle path, then cruise through the Punta Ixtapa residential area and the hotel district.Next, spot crocodiles, lagoon turtles, birds, and iguanas as you pass the Playa Linda animal preserve. Head to the yacht club and the Marina golf course for a photo-op, then continue to the only Catholic church in Ixtapa. Past that, stop at a lookout point for panoramic views of Ixtapa. In Zihuatanejo, visit the town square, the pier, and the church; then go to an authentic Mexican farmer's market. Get a cultural lesson on the way Mexicans do their market shopping, see the different vegetables grown in the area, and browse the colorful stalls. Stop for lunch if you like at a restaurant in Zihuatanejo (for an additional expense), and receive undivided attention from your guide during the entire tour. The tour concludes when you're dropped back off at your hotel around 1pm.

$55 Outdoor Activities

Nature Tour: Lagoon Boat Ride and Visit to El Refugio de Potosi Wildlife Refuge

After hotel pick up you will be taken to the wildlife refuge “El Refugio de Potosí” where you will find the biggest skeleton of a sperm whale ever put together, in the same place you will visit an iguana farm with about 200 green and black iguanas. Walk up to a watch tower for stunning views of the Costa Grande Coast Linea, the “Los Morros de Potosi” rock formations in the middle of the ocean, the wetlands down in the valley and the Mountain Range.  You will take a boat ride in a beautiful lagoon that flows into the ocean, the lagoon is surrounded by mangrove trees where we will see birds such as: egrets, cormorants, brown pelicans, frigatebirds & Herons.   You will have lunch on the beach where there is always a nice ocean breeze, the lunch will consist of one of the following choices: Shrimp on garlic sauce or breaded. Fish filet on garlic sauce or bread or on the grill. Chicken fajitas or chicken on the grill or chicken breaded. Cheese quesadillas. All of the dishes come with guacamole & chips, sope, salsa, hand made tortillas and beans. With lunch you get a beer or a soft drink or coconut water. The drive from your hotel in Ixtapa or Zihua to the El Refugio Park is approximately 45 minutes, you will spend about 25 minutes exploring and taking pictures of aerial view. The drive from the wild life refuge to the lagoon will take only 10 minutes. The boat ride will take about 25 minutes. The lunch will take place on the beach next to the lagoon. The transportation will be in a 14 passenger van, very comfortable, with very good air condition. After lunch you will be transport back to your hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo.

$36.99 Transfers & Ground Transport

Shared Arrival Transfer: Ixtapa Airport to Hotels

When you land at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport, bypass the taxi line and meet your professional driver for your shared transfer service. Take a seat in the comfortable air-conditioned minivan and relax during the ride. You’ll be dropped off right at your hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo. When making a booking, you will need to provide your flight and hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantly, and you will be given a travel voucher to present to the driver.Don’t forget to book transfer service back to the airport when your vacation ends!Note: Click on the 'View additional info' below to ensure your hotel is included in the drop-off zone.

$29.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Las Gatas Beach Tour

You will be pickup at the lobby of your hotel, to be transferred to the Zihuatanejo Bay; the drive will take about 20 minutes. When you get to the Zihuatanejo Main Pier you will get on the boat and ride for about 15 minutes to the Las Gatas Bay. Once you get to the beach you have a nice palapa shelter with lounge chairs where you cab relax, enjoy the view and the nice ocean breeze. At the Las Gatas Bay you can do water sports such as: Snorkeling, scuba diving, banana boat ride or maybe get a massage for an extra fee. The tour includes a great lunch that will consist of one of the following choices: Fish filet on the grill  Chicken fajitas or chicken on the grill. Cheese quesadillas. All of the dishes come with rice, salad and guacamole with chips. Lunch is served between 1-1:30pm. After lunch you will have time to relax or maybe take a 15 minute walk to the end of the beach. You will be taken back on the boat to the Zihuatanejo Main Pier around 3:30pm. Ffrom there you will be transported back to your hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo.

$36.99 Transfers & Ground Transport

Shared Departure Transfer: Hotels to Airport

When it's time for you to leave Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo, your professional driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport. Sit back in the comfortable air-conditioned minivan and relax. Rest assured you’ll be dropped off in time for your flight.When making a booking, you will need to provide your flight and hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantly, and you will be given a travel voucher to present to the driver.Note: Click on the 'View additional info' below to ensure your hotel is included in the pickup zone.