The Ixtapa Port in Mexico introduces cruising enthusiasts to this hilly tropical coastline, dotted with dozens of beaches
and coves. The temps are mild year round, and the sun is pretty much always shining. Located in the State of Guerrero on the Mexican Riviera, Ixtapa boasts world-class golf courses, gourmet restaurants, discos, sport fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, and shopping. The Ixtapa cruise port is actually located in Zihuatanejo Bay. Ixtapa's sister city, Zihuatanejo, is just a few minutes away, but Ixtapa itself is a few miles from here. Buses and taxis zip passengers to and from the city in no time.
Since the Ixtapa cruise terminal is located away from the actual town, passengers can hitch a ride on a shuttle, bus or taxi into downtown. But once there, you'll be free to explore the area through shopping, excursions, recreation, or dining.
Shopping in Ixtapa is limited, so you may want to take a quick bus into Zihuatanejo to visit the markets for clothing, jewelry, and pottery. Catcha L'Ola Surf Shop & Bar at the Ixtapa marina is an outdoor adventure shop offering supplies and equipment for wave-riders. Since the Mexican coast is perfect for boarding, this is the place to rent or buy accessories needed for the sport. Since tequila is Mexico's national drink, you would be remiss to skip a visit to Ixtapa's Tequila Por Favor. Here, you will find every imaginable type of tequila, along with Cuban and Mexican cigars. There are two locations: one in downtown Zihuatanejo and one at Centro Comercial "La Puerta" in Ixtapa.
Things to See
Nature beckons in Ixtapa. Swim with dolphins at Delfiniti, go sailing or snorkeling, or check out Magic World Aquatic Park for family fun. There is lots to do both in Ixtapa and neighboring Zihuatanejo. If you're up for some exercise, take a bike ride on the Ixtapa Bicycle Path, which starts at the Marina Ixtapa. Stop at the Eco Park Aztlan to view a wide variety of tropical plants, small animals and birds. If golf is your game, check out one of Ixtapa's two golf courses: the Palma Real Golf and Tennis Club and the Marina Ixtapa Golf Course.
Restaurants and Bars
Quench your thirst and fill your belly at one of many Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo restaurants and bars. Casa Morelos offers authentic Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, located in Ixtapa's La Puerta Shopping Plaza. Fine dining enthusiasts may enjoy dining at Villa de la Selva while overlooking Ixtapa's Bahía El Palmar.
Ixtapa is not your typical bustling Mexican port but it does offer a certain charm that other big-city destinations lack.