Cool ocean breezes and proximity to the Sierra Madres mountain range are the winning combinations in Ixtapa. They give this town moderate temperatures that are perfect for recreational sports like horseback riding or hiking those coastal trails. Take an eco-tour among the many coves dotting 15 miles of beach, or go snorkeling at nearby Isla Ixtapa. While there, make sure you visit a crocodile preserve and feed or admire them catching some sun. If you prefer less teethy water life, take a belly ride on a dolphin or a day fishing trip. Ixtapa hotels are only 4 miles from Zihua, a laid-back town where you can stroll cobblestone streets and buy handmade art amid colorful boutiques.
Fresh seafood is one benefit of staying in hotels in Ixtapa; check out the fish market on Paseo del Pescador, where you can eat the catch of the day. Try shrimp tacos or chili relleno in the downtown hotel strip; this same area is full of hotel bars where you can sip a cerveza or pina colada and listen to live music. If fine dining is what you want, head to five-star restaurants in the resorts for seared octopus and a mixology tequila.
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