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Monday, March 28, 2011
By Waheeda Harris
This Pacific coast jewel lures travellers with its golden sand beaches, palm trees and plenty of endless sunshine. From water sports to shopping, there’s many distractions for girls who want to mix in a little activity with their beach time.
Where to Stay
Make tracks to the Dorado Pacifico Beach Resort with its signature white and turquoise decor and with rooms that have terraces that face the ocean. Guests have plenty of distractions including tennis, pools and four different restaurants on property. Travellers will appreciate the InterContinental Presidente Ixtapa Resort, also located on Playa El Palmar, with interconnected swimming pools, a lively disco and its popular swim-up bar.
What to Do
Beach-lovers can play in the waves, try fishing on the beach or be brave and go parasailing. For those who want another beach view, take the 10 minute ferry ride to La Isla Ixtapa, a small island offering snorkeling, hammock time and several spots to have cerveza and tacos. A shuttle can take you into the nearby town of Zihuatanejo, with its numerous shopping areas for silver, ceramics and tequila, a public market for everything from resort clothing to avocados and a beachfront promenade along the harbour. For those who want a short walk, the Ixtapa hotel zone features several outdoor shopping stalls filled with tempting arts and crafts. There’s also plenty of places to bust out your dirty dancing moves at Christine or El Alebrije.
Where to Eat
Mamma Rosa and Norma’s is a laid-back place for lunch or dinner in the heart of Ixtapa and offers up fresh seafood dishes as well as Mexican cuisine favourites. For those looking for a romantic spot, reserve a cosy booth at Bogart’s with its sultry Moroccan decor or wander to Ixtapa Marina and choose a table at El Galeon, offering spicy temptations and harbour views.
Hotel image: courtesy of InterContinental Presidente Ixtapa Resort; Parasailing image: Ricardo Espinosa Orozco, courtesy of Visit Mexico; Food image: Ricardo Espinosa Orozco, courtesy of Visit Mexico; Beach image: courtesy of Visit Mexico.