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There's a lot to do in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, from peeking into archaeological structures to enjoying the gorgeous bays, beaches and the best sandy views around. You'll have an awesome time discovering the beauty this place has in store for you!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

19 Places

3 City Tips

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19 Places

Day 1

Carmelitas Cafe

Restaurants

Playa Linda

Beaches

Bistro Soleiado

Restaurants

Zihuatanejo Bay

Bodies of Water

Paseo de Pescador

Piers & Boardwalks

Tentaciones Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 2

La Terracita

Restaurants

Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site

Natural History Museums

Playa Larga

Beaches

Deisy's Massage

Spas

Malecon

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Candela

Restaurants

Day 3

Patio Mexica

Restaurants

Zihuatanejo Cooking School

Cooking Classes

Playa Las Gatas

Beaches

La Vita 'e Bella

Restaurants

Playa Vista Hermosa

Beaches

La Zapoteca

Gift & Speciality Shops

Coconuts

Restaurants

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, since the weather is humid, and you may be walking around a lot.
  • To get around, you can take taxis or use buses (the less expensive option).
  • Tip 15-20% at restaurants, but check the bill to see whether a service charge has already been included.
    Day 1
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    Carmelitas Cafe
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Healthy)
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you want to try some typical food from this region, you'll find the best of the best at Carmelita's. The good food and kind staff ensure you start your day with a full tummy and a big smile!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You don't want to miss the "café de olla" (spiced Mexican coffee)!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family run exceptional in every way ! 04/12/2017
    • Good - but not wow! 03/12/2017
    • Carmelitas Cafe
    Address:
    Calle Heroico Colegio Militar S/N
    Next to Super El Cacahuate
    Zihuatanejo 40890
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 554 3885
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 15:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 04:30
    Other:
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    Playa Linda
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Playa Linda is a quiet and vast beach where you can rest, play, swim, and even practice some surfing. Since the waves are really calm, you can enjoy the water for hours. It's a great beach for kids as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the beach during low season for a more peaceful ambiance.
    • At the beach entrance, there is a crocodile sanctuary where you can watch these magnificent animals and learn more about them.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 34 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Neat day trip 29/09/2017
    • Catching the fishing boat 26/09/2017
    • Playa Linda
    Phone:
    +52 755 552 0323
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    Bistro Soleiado
    Restaurants (French, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Come to Soleiado to grab an afternoon bite and enjoy culinary delights with a delicious glass of wine or two! The atmosphere is really nice, and the team here will give you nothing but the best.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays! It's perfect for a romantic date.
    • It's hard to recommend just one of dish — everything is delicious!
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 93 restaurants in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding! 05/12/2017
    • Excellent 15/11/2017
    • Bistro Soleiado
    Address:
    Calle Paseo de Ixtapa S/N
    Plaza Ambiente
    Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 553 0420
    Price range:
    US$ 4 - US$ 18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Zihuatanejo Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Enrique A Says:

    A walk around the bay is an ideal way to follow up a delicious meal. Relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset, and perhaps even stop by the beach for a calm swim.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The 2-kilometer stretch from the Municipal Beach to Playa la Ropa is a great length for a stroll.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 63 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Picturesque 09/12/2017
    • Great safe beach for all 05/12/2017
    • Zihuatanejo Bay
    Other:
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    Paseo de Pescador
    Piers & Boardwalks
    Enrique A Says:

    After admiring the sea and beach on the bay, come to Paseo de Pescador to peek into the little stores and perhaps buy a knick-knack or two. Then enjoy grab a cup of coffee and watch night fall.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are lots of cute stores and coffee shops to choose from, so just shop around!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 63 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just average 08/11/2017
    • As close to indigenous Mexico as you'll get in this area. 05/11/2017
    • Paseo de Pescador
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    Tentaciones Restaurant
    Restaurants (International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    In the evening, there's nothing like Tentaciones, where peace and tranquility reign supreme. This is a lovely place to have a drink, enjoy quiet conversation, and enjoy the most spectacular views. The staff here are will treat you so well that you'll feel like Tentaciones is a home away from home.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The food, prices, and service are nothing but the best, so don't be shy when you tip!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • View and food were OUTSTANDING 06/12/2017
    • "whats all the hype about " 05/12/2017
    • Tentaciones Restaurant
    Address:
    Carretera Escenica a Playa La Ropa
    Lote 97-C, Col. La Ropa
    Zihuatanejo 40884
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 544 8383
    Price range:
    US$ 65 - US$ 120
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    La Terracita
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Breakfast (or lunch) at La Terracita is a great way to start the day in a really scrumptious way. The service and staff are as spectacular as the dishes!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a chance on the chef's suggestions — you won't regret it!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • over priced for what you get 05/12/2017
    • The new terracita 03/12/2017
    • La Terracita
    Address:
    Calle Adelitas 6
    Colonia La Madera
    Zihuatanejo 40894
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 101 7205
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Thu
    06:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Wed
    08:00 - 12:30
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site
    Natural History Museums
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    Enrique A Says:

    Come to Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site to check out the ancient side of Ixtapa/Zihuatenjo. The pyramids, which are still being restored, are stunning, and you'll learn all about the history of the place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring water and hats for the heat.
    • Come with a taxi driver, who can wait outside the zone to take you back.
    • While here, make a visit to the Church of Petatlán, an architectural beauty that you really must take some time to admire.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 34 things to do in Ixtapa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gem uncovered! 03/12/2017
    • Fascinating historical site with burgeoning archeological importance 14/08/2017
    • Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site
    Address:
    La Chole
    Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 222 222 2222
    Other:
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    Playa Larga
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    The best thing you can do with an afternoon is come to Playa Larga, or 'Long Beach' — where you don't need to worry about anything except having a great time! Take a swim, enjoy some drinks, and have fun at the beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be careful with the waves — check weather conditions.
    • Bring your own snacks if you want to have a little picnic.
    • This is a fantastic place to cool off after the long, hot trip to the Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological Site.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 63 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Empty and quite.... 30/05/2017
    • El Riscal Ranch, horseback riding 18/03/2017
    • Playa Larga
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    Deisy's Massage
    Spas
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    Enrique A Says:

    There's no better way to loosen the tension of a long, hot day than with a nice massage and facial. A trip to Deisy's Massage will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and ready for a nice evening.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The prices are excellent given the quality of each treatment.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Spas & Wellness in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Deep tissue massage 15/11/2017
    • I liked it! 20/09/2017
    • Deisy's Massage
    Address:
    Playa La Ropa
    Located Behind Rossy's Restaurant on la Ropa Beach
    Zihuatanejo 40880
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 131 9445
    Other:
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    Malecon
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    Before heading out for dinner, don't miss a chance to take a walk along the Malecón, a pretty walkway where you can enjoy beach views, take some photographs, and witness an amazing sunset.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't forget to visit this place during the day, too!
    • Buy some ice cream along the way to freshen up the night.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 63 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    • The views! 29/03/2017
    • Great beach walk 18/03/2017
    • Malecon
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    Candela
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, Fusion)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Candela is an intimate and cozy restaurant that serves up creative Mexican fare. The staff is friendly, the food delicious, and the margaritas huge.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Everything is excellent, so share dishes to try a few things.
    • Save room for one of the fantastic desserts!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely intimate spot for breakfast or dinner 30/03/2017
    • Hidden Treasure 26/03/2017
    • Candela
    Address:
    Calle Adelita
    Zihuatanejo
    Mexico
    Phone:
    54-465-51
  • Day 3
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    Patio Mexica
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    Enrique A Says:

    La Patio Mexica is another great spot where staff, service, and food are all wonderful! Think traditional Mexican with really incredible sauces. And try one of the delicious desserts with a nice cup of coffee.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Order the "chiles rellenos" if they are in season.
    • You can develop amazing Mexican cooking skills with a class at this restaurant! Book about a month ahead.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    • Excellent cooking class, a must do when visiting Zihuatanejo! 03/12/2017
    • May be overrated 10/03/2017
    • Patio Mexica
    Address:
    Calle Adelita
    Zihuatanejo 40880
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 554 3949
    Price range:
    US$ 3 - US$ 5
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 14:00
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Zihuatanejo Cooking School
    Cooking Classes
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    Enrique A Says:

    A real must when coming to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is learning how to prepare some of the best food in town. Try your hand at making 'mole,' and then delight everyone back home with what you've learned from the chef!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Definitely book your class in advance!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    • DONE EVEN TRY TO GO THERE! 25/01/2016
    • Mexican experience-learning how to cooking mexican food 27/07/2015
    • Zihuatanejo Cooking School
    Address:
    Calle Escenica La Ropa S/N
    La Ropa Beach
    Zihuatanejo 40880
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 101 9711
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 14:00
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    Playa Las Gatas
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Playa Las Gatas is great, and even better if you're coming to do some snorkeling or diving. You can bring your own equipment or purchase services and rent what you need from the facilities here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's better to visit this beach during low season.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 63 things to do in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Madhouse 09/12/2017
    • Must visit 08/12/2017
    • Playa Las Gatas
    Price range:
    US$ 1,800 - US$ 1,800
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    La Vita 'e Bella
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you're looking to switch it up with some authentic Italian, La Vita e'Bella has the best lunch! You'll be flabbergasted by the prices, which are really accessible given the high quality of every dish and beverage.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The menu is excellent, and there will always be something to please the kids.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Encore! 07/09/2017
    • Wasn't sure about this place... BUT 10/07/2017
    • La Vita 'e Bella
    Address:
    Calle Hermegildo Galeana 15
    Corner Nicolas Bravo
    Zihuatanejo 40890
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 112 2114
    Price range:
    US$ 6 - US$ 18
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    03:30 - 11:00
    15:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Playa Vista Hermosa
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    As its name implies, Vista Hermosa ('Beautiful View') is one of the best places to look out across the water. It's also a very nice, secluded beach, great for a walk or swim. But be careful — the waves may be too strong for the little ones!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring picnic supplies, or try something from one of the restaurants around here.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 34 things to do in Ixtapa
    • spring getaway 2016 31/03/2016
    • Incredible Value in a Beach front Hotel 26/03/2016
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    La Zapoteca
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Enrique A Says:

    If you want to shop, Zapoteca is a must — the beautiful handcrafted rugs and tablecloths you'll find here are like no other! The attentive owner and staff will help you choose the best item depending on what you're looking for. They'll also be happy to tell you more about how they create all these beauties!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Remember that you're buying handcrafted items, so it won't be cheap, but the quality is really worth it.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Shopping in Ixtapa
    • Amazing Customer Service 11/02/2017
    • La Zapoteca 09/12/2016
    • La Zapoteca
    Phone:
    +52 755 544 6308
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    Coconuts
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you are looking for a lovely place to spend the evening — with lots of laughs, awesome food, nice beverages, and a great ambiance — look no further than Coconuts. Whether you're with family or a loved one, this place has a really nice, romantic mood that makes for a delightful experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The prices are very good given the excellent quality of the food, wine, and service.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 285 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
    • Good food - but.... expensive 01/12/2017
    • Best Shrimp Ever 30/11/2017
    • Coconuts
    Address:
    Agustin Ramirez 1
    Colonia Centro
    Zihuatanejo
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 755 554 2518
    Price range:
    US$ 4 - US$ 29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 03:00
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