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Mid-December in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

A December 2000 trip to Ixtapa by currywm

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Mid-December in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

Overview

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Find out about the exquisite beaches and outstanding restaurants in the Mexican resort of Ixtapa and neighboring town of Zihuatanejo.

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Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful, and busses are constantly circulating, making travel between the two areas and adjoining beaches very easy and cheap.

Krystal Ixtapa Hotel

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Hotel

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The Krystal is a very attractive hotel on the main strip, situated between the Continental Plaza and the Dorado Pacifico. The staff was helpful but certainly not the best I have come across. We only ate one meal at the hotel, so I can’t really comment too much on the quality. The pool is very nice, divided into three distinct areas, not including the separate children’s pool. Kyle had a great time jumping off the waterfall (explicitly posted as you may do it, but at your own risk). Rooms are quite nice, well sized with balconies for all. They do lack hair dryers, irons or coffee makers, but when we requested an iron they brought one up and left it with us for the entire week. Our maid did a grea...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Krystal Ixtapa Hotel
Bulevar Ixtapa
Ixtapa, Mexico
1(800) 231-9860

Beccofino

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Restaurant

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The Restaurante Beccofino is one of the few that Frommer’s mentions in the Ixtapa section of the Mexico 1999 guide. It certainly deserves mention. Like all of the restaurants we visited during the week, the prices are reasonable for resort areas, and in this case, the food is exceptional. Situated at Marina Ixtapa, Beccofino is one of four adjoining restaurants that straddle the promenade between the business strip and the luxury watercraft in their berths. Each of these eateries has a seating area on the inland side of the walkway, and each also has an over-water dining area across the pavement. We arrived as the first customers for dinner (without reservations), and were ushered to the be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Beccofino
Plaza Marina Ixtapa
Ixtapa, Mexico
553-1770

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We found J.J.’s while we looking for another restaurant for breakfast. As the place we were looking for seemed to have disappeared, we walked into J.J.’s for breakfast and were so pleased with the service, food and prices that we partook of desayuno there for five consecutive days. Breakfast for three was generally about $14, or what one buffet at the hotel would have cost. Especially good are the banana pancakes. Recommended for breakfast, certainly. We didn’t get around to having dinner there, but would expect it to be a winner on the same counts.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

J.J.'s Shrimp and Lobster
Paseo de Ixtapa
Ixtapa, Mexico
553-2494

Coconuts

Restaurant

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The reader may get the idea that we travel in the footsteps of the writers from Frommer’s, if they read our restaurant choices and compare them to the books, and in a sense they would be correct. My wife seldom goes off to any destination with some a priori research and she does prefer Frommer’s where current editions exist. Coconuts is a starred entry in the Mexico 1999 volume, and we concur. The pre-Christmas ambiance in the open air patio was enchanting, with lights sparkling from the trees and shrubbery. Apparently the mood was what got to Sue as she asked "What is the price on the lobster tonight?" Before I could bring her to here senses she had ordered a kilo serving of lobster for $360 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Coconuts
Augustin Ramirez 1
Ixtapa, Mexico
755/4-2518

Laura's Ruebens Hamburgers

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Restaurant

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Two floors of seating, no walls on two sides, this is alfresco cuisine at a minimum cost. Specializing in charcoal grilled burgers, the baked stuffed chayote and zucchini are wonderful, as is the plate of pickled peppers and carrots they bring to the table as a lagniappe. Mucho picante though, so eat them with care. Our visit was made very memorable by an extended chat with our waiter, Gregorio. The charming fellow was working on his English as I was trying to build Spanish skills. Since we were among the first diners to arrive, we had quite a bit of time to share words and phrases. Kyle was happy not to have to stay in his chair for once and hung out at the video games with some Mexican boys hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Laura's Ruebens Hamburgers
Bulevar Ixtapa
Ixtapa, Mexico

Ixtapa Divers

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Attraction

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Located directly across the road from the Radison, Ixtapa Divers is one of the two scuba providers located in the resort area. We had found the company by going through the PADI web site and had made an initial e-mail contact. We stopped in the first day there and scheduled a dive for Sue on Monday. Two-tank dives are $60 and, at this time of the year, all necessary equipment can be rented for only $10. When we arrived at the shop after breakfast on Monday morning, we found that no other divers had scheduled that day and were surprised to find that this presented no problem. So Sue had her first ever one-diver trip. She experienced holding sea horses and puffer fish, saw several giant morays a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Ixtapa Divers
Bulevar Ixtapa
Ixtapa, Mexico

Playa Las Gatas

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Playa Las Gatas is a beach only accessible from the water and dozens of water taxis zoom back and forth between it and the Zihuatanejo pier. The water is particularly quiet here as it is in a protected bay . Good snorkeling exists and the water is comfortably warm. The bottom here is coral though, and protective footwear would spare you the cuts I managed to get. There must be at least twenty restaurants lining the beach, all specializing in seafood and tropical drinks! Recommended for a day trip, as the last boats back leave before 5 PM

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Playa Las Gatas
Las Gatas Beach
Ixtapa, Mexico

Isla Ixtapa

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Off shore from Ixtapa, a short ten minute water taxi ride, is Ixtapa Island. We went on a package deal, with pick-up from the hotel and return, but one could just as easily take a taxi to Playa Linda to catch the boats. The main beach on the island is, like that at Las Gatas, lined with restaurants where you can spread out your beach stuff for the day and enjoy lunch. In front of the restaurants is beautiful beach and quiet warm water. Excellent snorkeling is free if you have your own gear, or you can rent it for $50 pesos. There is hiking on the island and you can get some good close ups of a multitude of pelicans, egrets and frigate birds as they fly about and roost on nearby rocks. The peli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Isla Ixtapa
Entrance to Playa Quieta
Ixtapa, Mexico