If you love stunning beaches, thrilling water sports, being surrounded by azure waters of the Pacific and flanked by the Sierra Madre Mountains at the background, then you should book your next trip to Ixtapa, Mexico. Ixtapa is a picturesque resort town which is rich in spectacular marine diversity, and is not jam packed with tourists as some other Mexican destinations of Cancun and Acapulco.
When visiting Ixtapa, the beach will be the favorite hang out spot for most visitors. Therefore, the recommended beach spot for those who want to try out kayaking or swimming then would be Playa Quieta. However, if you are looking for a beach that's full of sunbathers and surfers then your place to be would be Playa El Palmar. Playa Linda is also a popular beach among those who are looking for a more scenic jaunt, white sand and stunning sceneries. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can go horseback riding along the striking shoreline or visit the nearby El Cocodrilario to check out some crocodiles.
A few minutes from the resort town lays the laid back and gorgeous Zihuatanejo. It is home to Playa La Ropa and La Playa Principal where the beaches are not the only attractions but also the palapala style restaurants for fresh seafood. Check out El Museo Arcquelogico de la Costa Grande for an insightful glimpse into the region's history. Moreover, take a short and scenic boat ride to the nearby Playa Las Gatas for the best snorkeling sites. And, for a breathtaking view of the Zihuatanejo Bay, please don't miss a visit to the lighthouse.
If you love dolphins, and would like to swim with them then a visit to the Delfiniti is a must. Delfiniti is a special sanctuary for these amazing mammals. If you are looking for more animal encounter then visit El Refugio de Potosi where you can get up close and personal with iguanas, various species of birds and butterflies. You can also climb up its observation tower and gain a panoramic view of Ixtapa from 50 feet above ground. If you want to try zip lining then head to Parque Aventura for an entire day's fun and excitement. Your day there will be filled with zip lines, paintball games and rope ladders, among others.
Ixtapa is also home to world-class golf courses. For the golf lovers it is recommended that you visit Palma Real Golf Course. It is not only an outstanding Robert Trent Jones, Jr. creation but also serves as a verdant home for various species of wildlife, birds in particular. The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club is also worth a visit for its varied terrain of dunes and inlets. Also, as a side note, Ixtapa has great excursions in sports fishing. You might want to pick up a couple of brochures and choose the one that fits your needs best. Whether you are an angler or a deep sea fisherman, you are surely going to hit jackpot in the area. You can charter a boat for your fishing trip or you can always join a tour for fishing excursions. No matter what you choose, you will definitely enjoy your time in Ixtapa.