Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Travel Tips

For a Good Time, Head to Town Plaza

If you find yourself around Zihuantanejo on a Sunday night, be sure to hang out around the town plaza for a fun and exciting night that features the town's local talent.


With a barrage of talent, the town plaza will fill up with locals who come to enjoy singers, comedians, rappers, musicians and more. While you enjoy the show, splurge on tasty snacks expertly prepared by local vendors. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, do yourself a favor and try some fresh popcorn, cotton candy, tamales or tasty cocktails while you enjoy the show. 

Town Plaza in Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo
Mangrove Lagoon at Playa Linda in Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo

Sight-See at Mangrove Lagoon

If you're looking for a place to laze like a lizard and bask in the warm, Caribbean sun, then you need to set your sights on Playa Linda.


While you'll find plenty of beach-bums hanging out on the sugary, white-sand, real thrill-seekers will paddle over to the Mangrove Lagoon known as "El Cocodrilario" for a nice vantage point to see the local crocodile population. 

Rediscover Nature in Ixtapa

Ixtapa Island, otherwise known as Isla Grande, is a beautiful and laid-back spot to enjoy the natural landscape of the region. With sugary, white-sand beaches, lush natural vegetation and plenty of wildlife, you'll feel right at home in the wild of this natural preserve.


When you aren't catching some rays on the sand, stop and "smell the roses" as you enjoy views of beautiful orchids and acacias. If you’re lucky, you may even spot local deer and rabbit or two. If you find yourself below the surf, snorkeling at Ixtapa Island is a real treat as your check out hundres of multi-colored fish and sea turtles. 

Rediscover nature in Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo.
Troncones is a lovely beach town in Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo.

For Laid-Back Vibes, Head to Troncones

Looking for a quiet spot to "hang-ten?" For years, the quiet beachfront community of Troncones has been the best-kept secret for surfers due to its incredible, never-ending crests that have given it the notoriety of being the "wave machine."


Located north of Ixtapa, Troncones is definitely worth a day trip whether or not you're looking to hit the waves. If you're a nature lover, Troncones offers rare opportunities to see, handle and play with baby sea turtles before they are released into the sea. 

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