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The town of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo<BR>
<b>Unique Quality : </b> Enchantingly dissimilar.<BR>
Ixtapa, a modern, glamourous resort with world-class beachfront hotels, championship golf courses and a yacht marine, pampers its guests with supreme luxuries.<BR>
Zihuatanejo (prounounced see-wa-tah-NEH-hoa), a quaint Mexican 'pueblo' where fishing has been a tradition for centuries, embraces a scenic, beachlined sheltered bay of the same name.<BR>
This unique 'double destination' fulfills every vacationer's yearnings.<BR>
<b>Location :</b> Mexico City is about 300 miles northeast and a 35 minute flight. Acapulco is 150 miles down the coast southeast via the Coastal Highway 200.<BR>
<b>Must do activities :</b> in Ixtapa : you will find all kind of stores and restaurants specially aimed at tourists... clean, diverse but expensive.<BR>
in Zihuatanejo : typical Mexican town, you will find stores, markets, libraries, town house, etc. aimed at Mexican people... more rundown, dirty, varied and pretty cheap. The downtown market is great if you are not too sensitive.<BR>
<b>Must do activities :</b> Ixtapa Island<BR>
Take a short boat ride across the bay to Ixtapa Island (10 minutes offshore) and spend the day sunbathing, swimming, snorkling, savoring super-fresh seafood in delightful cateries right of the beach.<BR>
<b>Getting around :</b> Taxis are well maintained, plentiful and inexpensive. Public minibuses run between Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo with intermediate stops.<BR>
<b>Nightlife :</b> Ixtapa has glittery 'high-tech' all-night discotheques, and there are plenty of lively nightspots in Zihuatanejo.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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