Discover an old World Mexican fishing village nestled around a small, Pacific Ocean bay dotted with beautiful protected beaches , free from over development. Visitors can enjoy a host of activities from sports fishing, kayaking, sailing, horseback riding to snorkeling the crystal-blue waters. Laze away an afternoon on lovely Playa de la Ropa, or secluded Las Gatas beach. Shop along the cobbled streets near the beachfront promenade, filled with art galleries, markets and boutiques. Nearby Ixtapa boasts more beautiful beaches, and the famous 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones designed Palma Real Golf course.
British Virgin Islands
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Enjoy seeing the highlights and contrasts of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa on this mostly panoramic tour.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first make your way to see Zihuatanejo, a small fishing village that tries to conserve its quaint customs and way of life, in spite of the continuous intrusion of progress. Because of its small size, in a short amount of time you can see many of its major hotels and other points of interest as you experience the real atmosphere of a typical Mexican town. A brief photo stop will be made at La Ropa.
Next, you will join a modern highway and make your way to Ixtapa which lies about 5 miles away from Zihuatanejo. This computer-planned resort area features the Palma Real Golf Club, beautiful beaches, and several modern luxury hotels and restaurants situated along the ocean.
Your tour will travel as far as Playa Linda where the Crocodile reserve is located and then it's on to the Hotel Dorado Pacifico, passing by Ixtapa's colorful marina. Arriving at this beachfront hotel, you will be treated to magnificent views of Playa del Palmar, the resort's main beach, while enjoying some cool refreshments.
Re-boarding your coach, you will head back to the pier in Zihuatanejo. If you like, you will have the option of leaving the coach in the town's shopping area and taking the short walk back to the dock after you finish your shopping.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; plus any additional walking at the guests discretion should they choose to leave the coach in town. There are some uneven and cobblestone surfaces in Zihuatanejo. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
This lovely half-day tour is geared for those who like to experience the more traditional and typical side of a destination.
Your excursion begins at the pier with a drive south along the Acapulco highway to the "real" countryside of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Your first stop will be at a tropical plantation where you can experience the daily life there and see some of the locally grown products such as grapefruit, mango, bananas and coconuts. You will also be given the opportunity to savor some of the exotic and delicious flavors of these tropical fruits.
Continuing on, your next stop is at a local brick factory where you can observe the age-old techniques for making terra cotta bricks that are still used today. Next, travel to the quaint little fishing village of Barra de Potosí. Relax on the beach here and enjoy a light snack of Mexican appetizers in the shade of a palapa, while watching the colorful native birds and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Following your stop in Barra de Potosí, you will re-join your coach and return to the pier in Zihuatanejo, stopping along the way at a panoramic view point in Ixtapa where you will have a chance to take some photos.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; however, some of it is over uneven and sandy surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Enjoy a day at leisure on this delightful island getaway!
It's a short transfer from the pier to Playa Linda, where a small boat is waiting to transport you to the charming Isla Ixtapa - a wonderfully conserved island where a wide variety of exotic plants and animals are still in existence. Located just north of the main Ixtapa beach, the Island is fringed by beautiful beaches that are practically free of surf.
During your stay, you are free to take a swim in the sparkling ocean or simply lounge on the beautiful beach and work on improving your tropical suntan. When lunch time calls, soft drinks and a delicious lunch of local flavors will be served at the Island's restaurant.
After a relaxing visit of over 2-hours, you will re-board your small boat and travel back to Playa Linda where your coach is waiting to transfer you back to the pier in Zihuatanejo.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 1-mile of walking that includes uneven and sandy surfaces, as well as some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for pregnant women. Additionally, the tour may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns as you must be able to embark and disembark the coach and small boat with limited assistance. Swim attire; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; change of clothing and flat, comfortable sandals are recommended. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent at the beach.
This tour allows you to take advantage of the beautiful coastal waters and relaxing, sandy beaches that are part of the charm of the Zihuatanejo area.
A short distance from the pier you will board your catamaran and set-off for a cruise along picturesque Zihuatanejo Bay, en route to Playa Manzanillo. Upon arrival, your catamaran will drop anchor near a coral reef that is close to the beach. Here, you will have approximately 90-minutes to swim and snorkel, or if you prefer, swim to shore for a walk on the beach or a chance to work on your tan.
Once everyone is back on board, fresh fruits and sweet rolls will be served as your catamaran cruises back into the bay of Zihuatanejo. Along the way, enjoy an open bar of domestic beer, tequila and local drinks while the crew invites everyone to join in the fiesta.
Your tour will conclude back at the pier in Zihuatanejo.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; however, while life jackets are provided, guests who wish to enter the water should be good swimmers. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as you must be able to negotiate five steps to embark and disembark the catamaran without assistance. Swim attire; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; change of clothing and flat, comfortable sandals are recommended. The snorkeling takes place in deep water from the side of the boat and all snorkeling equipment is provided. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and a waiver may be required. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Explore the beautiful beaches and countryside on horseback during this half-day adventure tour.
It's a 30-minute transfer from the pier to Rancho el Palmar where your adventure begins. After a briefing about the horses, you will mount your docile horse and set-off with your guide to discover the natural beauty of this destination. Your trek takes you across the border of the beach and through plantations of palms, mango and papayas and also gives you some wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
Mid-way through your ride, you will visit Barra de Potosí, where you can admire a variety of colorful birds. Lunch is served at the restaurant here and you will be able to relax and enjoy the traditional flavor of "Pescado a la talla" in this lovely setting.
Following lunch, you will climb back aboard your horse and travel back to Rancho el Palmar, where after a short comfort stop, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves some strenuous activity and some walking over uneven sand and dirt surfaces. Guests should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart conditions, back injuries or pregnant women. Long pants, sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. The minimum age for participation is 8 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Maximum allowable weight is 250 lbs. All participants will be required to sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.