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The Hidden Paradise

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An August 2005 trip to Ixtapa by Adi_belle

Playa Las Gatas Photo, Ixtapa, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Ixtapa is an amazing place to visit if you're looking for peace and quiet, or a fun, wild time, too. There's something for everyone.

The Hidden Paradise

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Overview

IXTAPA Photo, Ixtapa, Mexico
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The name of Zihuatanejo comes from the word Cihuatlan, which means "place of women," due to all the wives the king had, which were several. The king’s men constructed a great part of the rock reef in the area for the purpose of simulating a large pool so his many wives could get into the water without any worries. Part of this construction is still found at Las Gatas beach. The idea behind the building of Ixtapa was to develop a first-class complement to the popular Zihuatanejo and make a small world-class resort for tourists who do not like big cities or big destinations. The first hotel was built in 1971. To keep the tradition of naming Mexicp’s new tourist destinations in native tongues, they chose...Read More

Ixtapa Palace Resort

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Hotel

Ixtapa Palace Resort Photo, Ixtapa, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:The beach is not on-site, but it isn't far away, about 2 blocks. You are near all the plazas where you can find restaurants, shopping, mini-marts, and nightclubs.Best Things About the Resort:Really the best thing is the location, as it's near everything. The gym facilities are pretty good, with lots of classes, like aerobics, Pilates, and salsa, at reasonable prices (pretty fun and must-try), plus the use of the gym is free of charge and it also has a sauna you can enjoy after a long day of activities. The water park, Magic World, is right next door, and guests get 50% off. The staff is really helpful and tries to make the best of your stay. Beware of the mai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2005

Ixtapa Palace Resort
Esquina Paseo Del Rincon
Ixtapa, Mexico
(755) 316-59

Playa Las Gatas

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Attraction | "Las Gatas"

Playa Las Gatas Photo, Ixtapa, Mexico
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There are numerous beaches to visit in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. I visited two. The first was Las Gatas. It’s located on Zihuatanejo Bay, rumored to be the playground of ancient royalty. Legend indicates that the man-made reef was created to provide a safe place to swim for an Indian princess. Take a water taxi across the bay to a beach with no roads or high-rise hotels. The protected waters are excellent for children, with almost no wave action inside the reef. 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...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Playa Las Gatas
Las Gatas Beach
Ixtapa, Mexico

Isla Ixtapa

Attraction | "Ixtapa Island"

Isla Ixtapa Photo, Ixtapa, Mexico
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Ixtapa Island is one of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo area's most popular attractions. The island’s beaches are well known for water sports such as snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, wave runner and banana boat rides, as well as the excellent seafood restaurants. Ixtapa Island is home to exotic fish and tropical birds, with a few tame deer. Isla Ixtapa is accessible by small boats (pangas) that currently ferry passengers between it and the pier at Playa Quieta in Ixtapa. Boats are also available from the Zihuatanejo municipal pier, but it is more expensive from the municipal pier. You can actually take a water taxi from Playa Linda and it is only about 3 dollars. The island, which lies very close offs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Isla Ixtapa
Entrance to Playa Quieta
Ixtapa, Mexico

CROCODILE RESERVE Photo, Ixtapa, Mexico
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The name of Zihuatanejo comes from the nahuatl word ‘Cihuatlan,’ which means "place of women," due to all the wives the king had. The king’s men constructed a great part of the rock reef in the area for the purpose of simulating a large pool so his many wives could get into the water without any worries. Part of this construction is still found at Las Gatas beach. The idea behind the building of Ixtapa was to develop a first-class complement to the popular Zihuatanejo and make a small world-class resort for the tourists who do not like big cities or big destinations. The first hotel was built in 1971. To keep the tradition of naming Mexico’s new tourist destinations in native tongues, in honor to our ...Read More