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Zihuatanejo

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The multihued ocean, the feel of sand between your toes, and a sip of your favorite cocktail are some of the luxuries waiting for you in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This paradisiacal haven entices its guests with a serene atmosphere reflected from its backdrops of pristine beaches lined with tall coconut trees. Spend the day carving your name in the sand and collecting seashells before diving among the ocean’s brightly colored coral reefs and fish. Or wander along the narrow streets painted with vibrant shops, boutiques and many other Spanish trinkets. Zihuatanejo is where tourists escape to experience the genuineness of the Mexican culture as well as life’s simplicities. With such an alluring ambiance, it is no wonder why shutterbugs, backpackers, and lovebirds wander onto Zihuatanejo’s natural playground.

Formally known as Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and known as “Zihua” by its inhabitants, Zihuatanejo offers its visitors a tale of two cities. Set in the state of Guerrero in Mexico, it's located only a few miles away from its fraternal twin, Ixtapa, making it quite easy for tourists to travel in between the two towns to enjoy their different adventures. Zihuatanejo’s alfresco atmosphere is filled with many rich treasures including fishing, swimming, and relaxing with the sun shining brightly. As the night approaches, this lackadaisical town showcases an impeccable display of orange sunsets leading to an amazing diamond-filled sky. Whether you take a couple’s stroll along the beaches and listen to the waves crash against the shore; move your hips to rhythmic Latin sounds under the stars; or sail the tranquil Pacific on a night cruise, there is no reason to not enjoy Zihuatanejo’s great outdoors.

The gastronomic experience of Zihuatanejo is delightful. What better way to explore the town’s mouthwatering dishes than with Mexico’s latest hits playing in the background. Seafood, tacos, and other Hispanic delicacies will have your taste buds tingling with pleasure. So satisfy your appetite on Zihuatanejo’s delicious specialties cooked to perfection just for you.

Zihuatanejo experiences a humid savanna climate. From July to September (warm season) the temperatures average a high within the 90s and low in the mid-70s. During the months of January to April (cold season) the weather fluctuates between a high in the 80s and a low in the mid-60s.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport is the town’s main doorway to the rest of the world. From the town’s bay you can travel to Ixtapa via water taxi or a panga (small boat). If you choose to navigate on land there are several public buses providing transportation through Zihuatanejo’s landscape as well as its neighboring cities. Taxis are also very accessible and you are expected to negotiate prices before beginning your trip. However, to experience Zihuatanejo‘s true authenticity you definitely should leave your footprints in the sand and take a leisurely stroll along its quaint cobblestone.

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