Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo: Two Destinations, Endless Possibilities

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Only 4.3 miles apart, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo boast miles of Pacific coastline dotted with beaches set against the dramatic Sierra Madre. Often referred to as a “dual destination,” part of their allure lies in their differences.

Ixtapa’s two-mile Playa El Palmar is lined with five-star hotels, mostly all-inclusive. The Hotel Zone meanders along Paseo Ixtapa, home to restaurants, shops and discos, as well as the championship Palma Real par 72 course and a 622-slip marina.

“Zihua,” meanwhile, has a reputation as a boutique destination, with a handful of exquisite hotels and a growing arts and gourmet scene. Low-key and laid-back, with great waves and fantastic diving, it’s the darling of water lovers.

The destination’s natural beauty and unrivaled hospitality have also attracted meeting planners in search of a unique destination for conventions and incentive travel. Add in modern event facilities plus an ample hotel infrastructure and it’s a winning combination every time.