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Guide to Ixtapa for Families

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Ixtapa is a beautiful location that complements Zihuatanejo, and offers a great variety of attractions for families; from quiet, relaxing activities – such as spending the day enjoying the beaches – to water sports for families seeking adventure. No matter what you are looking for, Ixtapa is sure to have something to offer you and your family.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

9 Places

6 City Tips

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9 Places

Playa el Palmar

Beaches

Playa Linda

Beaches

Playa Quieta

Beaches

Playa Vista Hermosa

Beaches

Magic World Aquatic Park

Water Parks

Delfiniti

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)

Islands

Paseo de Pescador

Piers & Boardwalks

Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site

Natural History Museums

Nayz_Ftz's City Tips

  • You must visit the handcraft markets — there is one in Ixtapa and another in Zihuatanejo.
  • Don't hesitate to ask for suggestions from the locals to enhance your visit.
  • You can book tours or visit places on your own.
  • If you're staying in a hotel without a beach, there are public access points along the boulevard.
  • While in Ixtapa you must try the 'tiritas' (Ixtapas version of ceviche).
  • Transport within the area is very easy, either on foot or by bus or taxis.
  • Playa el Palmar
    Beaches
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    El Palmar beach is the most well known in Ixtapa. Great for water sports, para-sailing, a walk along the beach, or to sit and watch the sunset. El Palmar beach is home to many beach-front hotels and resorts, many of which have activities for kids.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Public entries are next to Barceló Hotel, Posada Real Hotel, and the beach club.
    • Being a semi-open bay, there may be strong waves.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Walking Beach 26/09/2018
    • Waves are too strong 22/07/2018
    • Playa el Palmar
  • Playa Linda
    Beaches
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    From the main street, you will need to cross a mangrove swamp to enjoy this beach. The kids will love the crocodile reserve and there is also horseback-riding available so you can explore the surrounding area. Playa Linda normally has medium-sized waves so you can try water sports here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Surf tournaments take place here when the waves become higher.
    • From the pier you can take a boat to Ixtapa island.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bike riding trip from Sunscape Dorado 07/09/2018
    • local cuisine 16/08/2018
    • Playa Linda
    Phone:
    +52 755 552 0323
  • Playa Quieta
    Beaches
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    Playa Quieta, as its name implies, has very 'quiet' or calm waves because Ixtapa Island is right in front of it, making it the perfect beach for families. Ideal for water sports, swimming, kayaking, or fishing; there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can enter through the hotel on the beach or there is a street next to it that connects with the road.
    • There is a small pier where you can rent boats for fishing (fishing is possible both on-shore and off-shore).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Name sums it up! 06/08/2018
    • Beautiful, clean but owned by hotels. 20/05/2018
    • Playa Quieta
  • Playa Vista Hermosa
    Beaches
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    Access to Vista Hermosa is controlled by the Las Brisas hotel, so you need to stay with them to experience this beach. It's relaxing here due to the absence of street vendors, who patrol many of the other beaches. There are life-guards here too — great to help you keep an eye on your most prized possessions!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Waves can be high at time but there will be signs to indicate this.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    • real water life and very interesting 11/05/2018
    • spring getaway 2016 31/03/2016
  • Magic World Aquatic Park
    Water Parks
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    This aquatic park has a pirate village, wave pool, water slides, and wading pool; all surrounded by a beautiful landscape full of trees and plant life. A great atmosphere for families who want a break from the beach while still enjoying the water in Ixtapa.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Schedules depend on the season, it is best to check before visiting.
    • Food and snacks are available within the park.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    • You need water to have a water park. 21/05/2016
    • A waste of water 24/01/2016
    • Magic World Aquatic Park
    Address:
    Blvd. de las Garzas s/n
    Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo de Azueta 40880
    Mexico
    Phone:
    01(55)919-5982
    Other:
  • Delfiniti
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    Delfiniti has several adorable dolphins that will guarantee you a memorable experience. You can choose from various packages depending on the age of your children and the activities you want to do.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Staff members take pictures and videos of your experience, which you can buy at the end if you wish.
    • You can make reservations on the website and see all of the services available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Swimming with Dolphins 12/09/2018
    • Increíble experiencia 18/08/2018
    • Delfiniti
    Address:
    Blvd Ixtapa
    Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo de Azueta
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 553 2735
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
    Islands
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    This island has four beaches — the most visited is Cuachalate beach; the others being Varadero, Coral, and Carey. You and your family can dive or snorkel here as there are many reefs surrounding the island. You can also swim, sunbathe, or dine at one of the local restaurants.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can easily tour the island on foot as it's not very big.
    • Carey Beach is the quieter beach and doesn't have any services.
    • Tours are available or you can take a water taxi to the island.
    • If you book a tour, ask the captain what time the return journey is so you can plan your day's activities.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A “Must do”. 08/10/2018
    • Fantastic snorkeling, good food, watersports. 15/09/2018
    • Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
    Phone:
    +52 442 202 4535
    Other:
  • Paseo de Pescador
    Piers & Boardwalks
    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    Paseo de Pescador (fishermans walk) is home to a pier and boardwalk along the beach, where you can find restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Relax and spend some quality time with your family while you watch local fisherman going about their daily life.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Nice place to take a walk either during the day or in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    • A Sight Worth Seeing in Ixtapa 18/06/2018
    • Fish market, restaurants, gift shops all along this boardwalk in front of Playa Principal! 10/04/2018
    • Paseo de Pescador
  • Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site
    Natural History Museums
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    Nayz_Ftz Says:

    If your family is looking to learn about local culture and history, this museum is a great place to do so. Although small, you'll find plenty of artifacts and treasures housed here. If you book a tour, you will also get to experience the archaeological site, and be transported back into the pre-Hispanic era.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Approximately 40 minutes from Ixtapa.
    • The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice recreation of what was there 02/10/2018
    • Unique opportunity to see a pyramid up close! 10/08/2018
    • Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site
    Address:
    La Chole
    Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo de Azueta
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 222 222 2222
    Other:
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