Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by breitgarten, Sunday, April 29, 2018, 11:33 (177 days ago)

hi the wife and i used to visit from 2001-2010
havent since, we've been all over Mexico since and while we liked what we've seen, ix-zih stands out despite
its many warts, problems and security concerns.


we'd like to revisit, i now have 3 kids - 11,9,7 who are active athletic


we like nicer, more upscale hotels/resorts having a kids club is nice but not mandatory

some questions

1. is it safe to come wkids?
2. is late june or early july too warm - will restaurants be closed and the weather too warm??
3. what hotels/resorts do you recommend - we are open to ixt and zih

thank you

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Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, April 29, 2018, 13:01 (177 days ago) @ breitgarten

hi the wife and i used to visit from 2001-2010
havent since, we've been all over Mexico since and while we liked what we've seen, ix-zih stands out despite
its many warts, problems and security concerns.


we'd like to revisit, i now have 3 kids - 11,9,7 who are active athletic


we like nicer, more upscale hotels/resorts having a kids club is nice but not mandatory

some questions

1. is it safe to come wkids?
2. is late june or early july too warm - will restaurants be closed and the weather too warm??
3. what hotels/resorts do you recommend - we are open to ixt and zih

thank you

You'll be here right about the time our schools start letting out and summer vacation begins, so it will seem slow at first except on weekends and then the crowds will increase.

I don't think we have any hotels I'd consider "upscale resorts", though we certainly have some nice hotels and luxury lodgings. That's more of a description for what you'd find in Cancún or Los Cabos. Zihuatanejo has always been a family oriented place. There are high-rise hotels in Ixtapa that sort of sound like what you might be looking for. Most have activities directors and include daily activities and programs for younger kids. But the ocean in Ixtapa is challenging for folks not accustomed to open ocean. Zihuatanejo's bay offers more sheltered water for easier swimming. But as far as I'm aware, Zihuatanejo's beachfront hotels have no structured activities programs, though of course tour operators can be hired to show you and your family around the area.

You're coming to the tropics so I certainly hope it's good and hot. Depending on if we get any rains it may be quite pleasant with some brief cooling late afternoon showers or it may be humid and smoky like it usually is until we start getting our seasonal rains. Sometimes they start early, sometimes they start late.

Personally I think La Ropa Beach would be a great place for you and your family, but then again I'm biased.

A kid runs to catch the ice cream man with his wheelbarrow on La Ropa Beach.
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Traveling to Z with kids

by nadador @, Oregon, Sunday, April 29, 2018, 16:59 (177 days ago) @ breitgarten

Hello! Our kids were 10&6 this past trip over Christmas, we like to stay at http://www.zihuatanejo.net/zanzibar/ having the privacy, full kitchen & daily housekeeping make traveling with kids really easy for us. There is not a pool, but our kids prefer body surfing anyway (boogie boards and sand toys available for use at the villa). So much to explore!

This is a link to a previous post I've shared on the subject
http://www.zihuatanejo.net/tablero/index.php?id=119639

I have never been to Z at that time of year, where ever your family lands, hope you have a wonderful time!

Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by The Fez ⌂ @, Sunday, April 29, 2018, 23:39 (177 days ago) @ breitgarten

Our kids are young adults now but we started bringing them to Zihua when they were young starting in about 2001. Made an annual trip, bringing a giant hockey bag full of books and a few boogie boards, and that kept them busy for our two week stays. Mexico seemed to us to be a very family-friendly environment and our kids were welcomed everywhere.

We didn't need an upscale hotel and found a couple of nice places with pools and beach access on Playa La Madera that suited us perfectly. A walk every evening into town or along Calle Adelita for dinner made that location ideal for us. We always found that Zihua was a very affordable spot for a family vacation and our kids have very fond memories of those past trips. They have still joined us occasionally over the last several years and feel right at home in this little piece of paradise.

We continue to return and have never, ever felt unsafe, albeit for the times where we have an overnight layover in either Seattle or LA where, as everyone knows, there are a lot of crazies that are somehow permitted to own guns and the risk of random violence is far higher than our home city.

I would not hesitate to travel to Zihua with kids - they will appreciate and remember those trips for a long time to come.

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Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Tuesday, May 01, 2018, 11:36 (175 days ago) @ The Fez

¡Excelente, señor!
:megusta:
:vivamexico:

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Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Monday, April 30, 2018, 10:38 (176 days ago) @ breitgarten

My wife and I have had kids / grandkids visit us many times. I don't know of any structured kids activities in Zihua, but there's always beach time (I suggest either Playa La Ropa with its usually-moderate surf, or PLaya Las Gatas, which is protected by a reef and has virtually no surf and gently sloping sand beach.) Or walks into town, boat excursions, or day trips to Ixtapa, La Barra de Potosí, Troncones...

In my experience, kids are perfectly safe -- in fact, revered -- in Zihua or just about anywhere in family-oriented Mexico. Biggest danger to kids is probably from underestimating the power of the sun.

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http://www.OneMansWonder.com

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Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by hromero ⌂ @, Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:02 (176 days ago) @ breitgarten

First off I will disclose that I am the proprietor of a B&B in the La Ropa area so you know that my opinions might be biased.

I live here year around and walk around and live life much as I did in the U.S. (Seattle). There is definitely violence happening in the area but it is almost exclusively being carried out between those who are involved in the drug trade. As long as you don't plan on getting involved with any of that you and your family should be just fine.

As far as an activity based vacation, I personally find the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo area an ideal area for all kinds of activities year around. There is of course all of beach/ocean activities from boogie boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, paragliding, fishing, etc. It will be warm, but getting into the ocean will be a nice way to cool off. I personally favor the beaches inside Zihuatanejo bay and I think La Ropa is the best for swimming, especially for younger kids.

Other great activities in the area include hiking, cycling, nature walks and many others. Taking a walk in the areas immediately surrounding Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo can be a joy as you observe all that nature here has to offer.

There will be fewer restaurants open during that time but there will still be many options available to you so don't be too worried about that.

Shameless plug--You may be interested in what our small B&B has to offer. Though we don't have an activities center my partner and I will be happy to provide extensive guidance during your stay. We have bicycles, snorkel gear, boogie boards and other things available for rent for your stay and we can help you find the best places to go while here. We have a pool and we only have 2 rooms in our small B&B. I hope you will check us out at our website.

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Buena Suerte!

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Humberto Romero
www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

Used to visit over 10 years ago, now older w/kids - recs?

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, May 01, 2018, 14:51 (175 days ago) @ breitgarten

In Ixtapa, I would recommend Pacifica Resorts. They offer kids activities run by a staff. The guest we know that put their kids in it, the kids really enjoyed the program. The adults could lay on the beach or by the pool and not worry about the little ones ( it is a family friendly resort in Ixtapa).