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September 5, 2005
Playa las Gatas was named for the small, harmless cat shark. There are no sharks at Las Gatas today, though, so there is nothing to worry about. Water taxis run all day from the Municipal Pier in downtown Zihuatanejo. Round-trip is about $3. Be sure to check the schedule, as the last taxi home leaves around 5pm. A number of organized tours are available, so check at your hotel desk or with a local travel agent. There is also a walking path to Las Gatas from Playa la Ropa, just a 10-minute walk over the rocks and along the shore of the bay. Las Gatas is the most popular snorkeling beach in Zihuatanejo. Wave runners are available for rent, and banana boat rides, massages, and even fishing charters can be found here. Surfing is popular at the far end of the beach, near Owen's Beach Club. There is also a walking path to the lighthouse on the point of the bay. There are a dozen small, palapa-roofed seafood restaurants along the beach. Sample the fresh fish, lobster, and octopus caught fresh daily by the Las Gatas fishing fleet.
Overnight camping is permitted; ask around at the restaurants for permission.
From journal The Hidden Paradise
December 25, 2000
From journal Mid-December in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo