The sister city of Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa (eeks-TAH-pah), could not be more radically different and is a counter-balance to Zihuatanejo’s quaint fishing village roots. Ixtapa is openly a purpose-built tourist resort town with several shopping centers containing classy shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and disco’s.
The high-rise hotels line runs along most of the beach with the commercial area just a block behind the beach front. Modern, peaceful neighborhoods extend behind the shopping centers and back from the hotel zone.There are two golf courses and a modern marina in the outskirts of the commercial and hotel areas.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is ranked second in the world for sail fishing and offer water sports like; prime surf spots within an hours’ drive, Scuba Diving on local coral reefs, SUP and kayaking just to mention a few.
Beyond Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, there are several small beachside communities including Troncones, Manzanillo and Saladita to the north and Playa Larga, Playa Blanca and Barra de Potosi to the south.