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Ixtapa Travel Guide

A popular port of call and destination for cruise passengers, the Mexican resort of Ixtapa is set on one of the Pacific coastline's most spectacular bays and is justly renowned for its beautiful beaches. It's located just three miles (5km) from the municipal seat of Zihuatanejo. Ixtapa was constructed in the 1970s on a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary and in recent years has given way to high-rise hotels and luxury villas, making it one of Mexico's most modern resorts with an energy and atmosphere that is reminiscent of Acapulco's earlier years. In fact, Ixtapa is only 152 miles (245km) northwest of Acapulco, so the attractions of that famous resort hub are accessible on daytrips and long excursions.Ixtapa is home to the all-inclusive luxury resorts, international restaurants, and upscale shopping most people associate with Mexican beach holidays. The neighbouring town of Zihuatanejo has a very different character, and has become known as a quaint backpackers' hotspot with picturesque winding streets, lots of art galleries and folk appeal, small boutique hotels, and traditional seafood restaurants. The proximity of this more bohemian beach hangout offers visitors a change of scene and mood and more options for dining and accommodation.With breathtaking views, sugary white beaches, offshore tropical islands, two world-class golf courses, exciting scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities, mouth-watering restaurants, and a pulsating nightlife, Ixtapa is fast becoming a popular choice for holidaymakers looking for the perfect beach holiday in Mexico.

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