Posted by VSB on March 17, 2001 at 11:26:13:
Just got back from a fantastic "first-time" visit to Ix-Zihu and loved it. Only negative was a delayed flight back to gloomy, cold weather back in Michigan. We had been to Cancun and Acapulco previously and rate this as a must do again. Stayed at the Riveria Beach Resort which is a little smaller, but staff was attentive to the details and we always had a chair at the pool. Will attempt to give a short (yeah right) trip report for all to enjoy. We traveled with our neighbors, which allowed two of us to enjoy a couple rounds of golf while our wives laid at the pool or shopped. We preferred Palma Real over the Marina course (less expensive, more character and better vistas).
We tried several restaurants from Rob's (and Fodors) list, but would have needed another week or two to sample all the ones we wanted to try (gee sounds like a reason to return next winter!).
Here is short summary of our restaurants. Prices quoted are for four adults and usually two rounds of drinks (margaritas or brews).
Beccofino (Marina Ixtapa) - Excellent seafoods and pastas in a romantic setting on the waterfront and it was a riot to watch the owner bring the customers in. Bit expensive ($1000P), but worth it! Shrimp Ravioli Pesto and Shrimp Linguini in white wine were excellent.
Cantamar (Isla Ixtapa) – Great location for snorkeling, good beach and great service provided by Aurelio. For lunch Aurelio brought out his selection of fresh snapper, then he grilled it and served it with all the trimmings including some great hand-made tortillas cooked on open fire. This is a must do again, and maybe the highlight of our trip. Price including drinks, palapa, chairs, snorkeling equipment and great service was ($1000P) They however do not take Visa.
Cantina DelPescador – New restaurant near Casa Elvira. Didn’t have the opportunity to try their food (too many other plans), but went there for Happy Hour (5-6PM) twice and thought they served one of the best margaritas of our vacation (even got their recipe). Vincente was a great waiter, stop by and visit him.
Casa Morelos - Delicious 100% Mexican. Convenient location to the hotel zone (next to Sr. Frog). We were a bit disappointed in their Margaritas, but the food (shrimp and fish fajitas) were good.
Garrobos – (Zihuatanejo), Great seafood restaurant, maybe our favorite restaurant of the trip. Fresh snapper veracruz and I also had a great Paella (lots of critters and cooked fresh). Thanks for the tip Rob! Another must return. About $700P for dinner for four.
El Faro (Pacifico) – Had to do one Cliffside dinner overlooking the bay and it is a great spot to catch a sunset. More of an up-scale restaurant, but food and service were good (Caesar salad and Bananas Flambé prepared at our table).
Golden Cookie Shop (Ixatapa Mall) – This was our breakfast stop(house speciality Banana, Raisin and Nut pancakes- yummy).
Joauin’s Taboga – (Zihuatanejo) Great authentic dining and very affordable. Generous and very tasty ribs. Also feature a Meat Grill (Ribs, Chicken and Filet). We new where it was and still walked right by it because it is known as Taboga’s by the locals (might have been the Happy Hour drinks too).
Tamales y Atoles Any – More authentic Mexican food and music! Great food, but we almost felt guilty when the check only came to $240P for all four of us.
We wanted to try Casa Bahia but just never got a feeling that the taxi drivers knew exactly where it was. Next time.
Simply put, we loved Ix-Zihu and will definitely return. Romantic, great beaches and fantastic weather! We liked the quieter atmosphere compared to Cancun, although were surprised not to find more people in this paradise (but hey that is good!).