Re: playa el palmar

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Escrito por MCD desde ( el día lunes, 05 de diciembre, 2005 a las 10:15:11 horas :

En respuesta a: playa el palmar escrito por lynn frazer desde ( el día domingo, 04 de diciembre, 2005 a las 23:33:07 horas :

The big, open ocean beach at Ixtapa has fine sand and is pretty flat - so its great for walking and it's about 1.5 miles + long.

The center part of this beach can get very large waves when the surf is up, but it is not particularly prone to undertow. Still, best areas for swimming off the beach are toward the south end, where there has always been a roped off swimming area, and also the far north end near the rock jetty that is the south wall of the channel in to the marina.

Scenery is good, with several small islands offshore. It's not unusual on early morning walks to see bonito feeding on schools of baitfish just outside the surf line. We've also seen small pods of porpoise and even the occasional humpback broaching out near the islands.

Of course, Ixtapa is a glitzy high rise resort where most of the beach is occupied by hotels, etc. So public access to the beach is somewhat limited. Stories abound in prime season of "pool ghouls" who leave there room at 6AM to place a towel on "their" beach chair in front of high rise hotel, then go back to sleep. There is a public access just south of the Barcelo - at the "cucaracha" (former beach house of President Carlos Salinas; now an overgrown wreck). A vendor there rents chairs and beach tents. The other public access is just north of Carlos & Charlies, where a number of massaje tents are set up; price now 100 pesos for an hour long massaje - this price will double in prime gringo season (late Jan - mid March).

All the usual tourist attractions are available; jet ski and boogie board rentals, parasailing, banana boat rides, etc. However, there are no hobie cat sailboat or sea kayak rentals - you have to go to the north end of La Ropa beach in Zihuatanejo harbor for those. And, of course, this is an open ocean beach not a snorkeling beach - go to Ixtapa Island, Las Gatas beach, or hire a boat to take you to manzanillo beach for this type of activity.

Ixtapa's Playa Palmar beach is washed clean by twice daily tides and to my knowledge hasn't had any problems with polution. However, about once a week the staff at the restaurant at the very south end of the beach open up a channel through the sand to drain the lagoon on the golf course into the ocean. When the lagoon water is draining into the sea, I would not want to be in the water in the swimming area at the south end of the beach. Otherwise, quite clean except for the occasional dose of seaweed after big, storm driven waves. Staffs at the various lodging facilities do a very good job of cleaning up anything that washes ashore quickly.

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