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Old 07-20-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Might try Zihuatnej. Suggestions please

We have spent 30 years of winter vacations in Mexico. Mostly Cancun, Playa then Isla Mujeres. Have been thinking of try Zihuatnejo. Would like small reasonable priced hotel on or near beach,within walking distance of restaurants. Any suggestions on hotels, restaurants, forums for information would be greatly appreciated
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Look into Huatulco. Wonderful place.
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Spent a week in Zih last March, loved it, 5th time over the last 30 years. first 4 in ixtapa but not again. --- Hotel Irma----. Read the reviews about it. To us, better food, drink, much more for less money. Never once did anyone try to over charge us. Cheap taxis. Went about 20 miles north for one night to Trancones and wow, great place for quite change.
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Zihua

We were lucky enough to spend three months in Zihua this winter after many other trips to Zihua and Quintana Roo .

Here's an old trip report with some links.

Zihuatanejo multi trip report with snorkel photos and videos | LocoGringo Mayan Riviera Message Boards Forums

You will see that we are all about the snorkeling which is a real bonus for those with that interest.

Here is this year's snorkel video for anyone interested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dm50Ee41_s
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Zihuatanejo has long been my very favourite place in Mexico. The winter weather is perfect-sunny and hot (28C average) and it doesn't cool down to lower than about 18C at night in winter. I've been in summer too and it's lovely, same temp just more humid with some wicket t-storms.

A city in a bay (look on Google Earth) with mountains right to shore and calm beaches with clear warm water. Great sunsets, and there isn't those high winds in winter you get on the east coast. Usually there is little to no rain from late November to June.

It is not nearly as popular with foreign tourists as the Riviera Maya- most visitors are Mexican. It gets super crowded on national holidays and of course xmas-NY and Semana Santa- but I guess all the resort areas do. It's very authentic and has a feeling of 'Old Mexico' - I've heard it described many times as being what PV was like in early days before it got so big and busy. There are no American chains in Zihua which makes it feel more charming somehow, to me anyway.

the fish market in the mornings, the central Mercado, the beach vendors selling everything from Oaxaca cheese to homemade mescal to peanuts with lime, etc.- after a couple of trips you will even learn their names- it has a very friendly, laid back, non-jaded vibe- the people are just amazingly warm. And it has a very romantic feeling ....must be the sunsets.

There are also has a lot of modern upscale boutique hotels and trendy restaurants, too- there is truly something for every budget. It's big enough that there is loads to see and do in town- shopping, restaurants, surfing, snorkeling, parasailing, SUPing, boogie boarding (Playa Linda and La Ropa at times) and a couple of good day trips to do- Troncones and Barra de Potosi/Playa Larga/Playa Blanca.

Deep sea and inshore fishing is excellent there (marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, sailfish, roosterfish, pargo, red snapper, jack crevalles, and of course bonita).

I went to Cabo once and froze my butt off in the water and even the air temp was chilly at night....and that was in August ....never again.


Huatulco is very nice but imo just too hot, and a little too small and sleepy for my liking - good for a beach trip if you enjoy the heat, though. Great beaches, although some are rough for swimming.

The Trip Advisor Zihua forum is pretty informative and active. I can also give you hotel recommendations if you like. I love to stay in condos like this one above La Ropa - my last trip was the first few days at a cheaper hotel on Playa Madera (close to downtown) and then we moved to this smaller boutique B&B called Cinco Sentidos which was AMAZING. My avatar photo is a shot of La Ropa from the Catalina Hotel's Sunset Bar.

I have trip reports on this forum in the 'other destinations' folder- search for 'Rissask Report'- I think there are at least two on Zihua in there.



juanrojos snorkel videos are well worth checking out!

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Spent a week in Zih last March, loved it, 5th time over the last 30 years. first 4 in ixtapa but not again. --- Hotel Irma----. Read the reviews about it. To us, better food, drink, much more for less money. Never once did anyone try to over charge us. Cheap taxis. Went about 20 miles north for one night to Trancones and wow, great place for quite change.
I've stayed at the Irma twice- most recently was in November last winter! Lovely little budget hotel with the best views of anywhere I've stayed. and the breakfasts are so good!

I stayed in Ixtapa my first trip to the area, my second I stayed the first week there and then we moved to Zihua....I've never been back to Ixtapa. It is where all the AIs are though, so many people who prefer them stay there. It is also quite nice, it's just that it is a bit manicured and soulless. Depends what you are looking for in a vacation. Ixtapa is Playacar, Zihua is the actual city.
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What Ris said. I went to Zihua this past March, in no small part due to her tireless promotion of the place. Its awesome. Incredibly scenic with great weather and a very charming colorful centro. I am planning to go back this winter but plans aren't finalized yet. I stayed at Aura del Mar, which was very nice but a little overpriced for a place without potable water...but the view from our balcony was pretty awesome.

This is a photo of a hotel worker walking home with her young son at sunset which as they say is worth a thousand words.

On their way home by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

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http://www.zihuatanejo.net/tablero/index.php?mode=index

I've been there a few times, also. Ixtapa has a wonderful long, wide beach without a stone to stub your toes. It has to be at least a mile long. I've stayed at the Emporio, and across the street in an apartment, and over the hill in Zihua on the La Ropa beach at Hotel Real de la Palma. Close to a great beach, excellent restaurant across the road, wonderful area.
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Hotel Irma looks nice and affordable.

Flights from Merida are affordable

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Thanks for all your replies

Thanks for the information.
Are most or all of the hotel up steep hills or stairs? My knees aren't great. Ok going uphill, but get pretty sore with much downhill.

Thanks and keep info coming if anything new to add!

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Thanks for the information.
Are most or all of the hotel up steep hills or stairs? My knees aren't great. Ok going uphill, but get pretty sore with much downhill.

Thanks and keep info coming if anything new to add!

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You can look at places that are right on La Ropa beach... Villa Mexicana and Villas las Azucenas are both budget friendly choices.

The Viceroy is a great more upscale choice right on the beach. Taxis are dirt cheap!
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You didn't mention when you are going but if you like sportfishing, fall in Zijuah is some of the best in the world. My wife and I honeymooned in Ixtapa 27 years ago. We have not been back since but plan on going for our 30th.

Love Huatulco too. Made the mistake of going in the summer when everything was, well, not green. But...went into town every night. We felt like we were part of a community rather than a tourist town. Both places are great choices!
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You didn't mention when you are going but if you like sportfishing, fall in Zijuah is some of the best in the world. My wife and I honeymooned in Ixtapa 27 years ago. We have not been back since but plan on going for our 30th.

Love Huatulco too. Made the mistake of going in the summer when everything was, well, not green. But...went into town every night. We felt like we were part of a community rather than a tourist town. Both places are great choices!
I fish a lot in Minnesota, have never tried ocean fishing. Would love to give fishing a try. We always go to MX second week in February for 2 weeks. Have to get okay from the long winter here. In a couple more years we will be retired and hopefully spend a couple of months in MX..
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We were lucky enough to spend three months in Zihua this winter after many other trips to Zihua and Quintana Roo .

Here's an old trip report with some links.

Zihuatanejo multi trip report with snorkel photos and videos | LocoGringo Mayan Riviera Message Boards Forums

You will see that we are all about the snorkeling which is a real bonus for those with that interest.

Here is this year's snorkel video for anyone interested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dm50Ee41_s
Awesome videos! I snorkel some. I use to dive, but haven't for a few years now.
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