Go to where where Andy and Red escape to in the Shawshank Redemption! Ixtapa is a planned resort community Mexico created in the 1970s in order to compete with Cancun. It’s next to a Mexcian beach village named Zihuatenejo which is pretty laid back and has a long history to explore.
Here are some things to do there:
- Visit Zihuatenejo and it’s cobblestone streets and boutiques. And eat the fresh fish right out of the ocean. And go to Zih Galeria and see the art by famous Mexican artists. This town has a long history and it’s reflected in streets.
- Ride on a dolphin’s belly or have them push you up in the air in Ixtapa. You can book this at any hotel.
- Visit the horse ranches and ride horses along the beach. This can also be arranged through your hotel
- Go snorkeling or scuba diving near Isla Ixtapa. Book this through your hotel.
- Go kayaking through the mangroves.
- Go to the beach! Playa Las Gatas (Cats Beach) and Playa La Ropa (Clothes Beach) are a bit further away, 10 or 15 minutes, but beautiful. Playa Troncones is a bit further away, but it doesn’t have the crowds that Ixtapa has. It’s considered “the real Mexico.”
One thing to note is the beaches closer to the towns. Make sure you check to see what beaches are currently open to the public and clean. This is a beautiful place to lay on the beach but due to the pollution caused by fishing boats and runoff, some beaches are not good to go swimming. Mexico has higher restrictions on water pollution then the US, and they will close beaches if the pollution is too bad.
Let me know if there’s something I missed in the comments below!