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"Playa Las Gatas" Top 5 Page for this destination Mexico Things to Do Tip by madamx

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Not named after cats, but after the small long-whiskered nurse sharks that can be found off-shore here. This is the local beach for snorkelling. From our perch at our hotel high above the ocean, the water looked extremely turquoise and clear.

The beach is perfect for families with small children. The waves here are small, as there is a rocky breakwater that legend has it was made long ago by an ancient Tarascan king for his daughter, so she could swim safely. There are many beach restaurants where you can eat and lounge all day long, swimming and snorkelling. The palapa at the far right end in the picture belongs to a local character named Owen, who for many years worked with Jaques Cousteau. He runs a rustic hotel there, called Owen's Surf Club. Sort of a local legend, he has written a couple of books about life in the 60's in Zihuatanejo, but I do believe the first printing has sold out so far.

Address: Zihuatanejo, Guerrero
Directions: You can reach Playa Las Gatas by taking a shuttle boat from the pier in Zihuatanejo.

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2007
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