Character of the Resort

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Posted by MotorCity Dave from ( on martes, enero 28, 2003 at 11:28:09 :

In Reply to: is it only couples that travel to Zihua? posted by Matt from ( on martes, enero 28, 2003 at 08:58:08 :

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is (thankfully) unique among Mexican beach resorts. As you might gather by reading through this board, it draws a lot of repeat visitors - most of whom fall in love with the ambiance and keep coming back. Typically nice, unpretentious people without major vices or hang-ups.

First, it has a small town atmosphere. The local people are friendly and helpful. Visitors immediately feel comfortable, whether alone or with close friends.

Second, the scenery is unparalleled. It is at this point along the Mexican Riviera coastling that the mountains of the Siera Madre chain come down to the sea. Zihuatanejo's harbor is the most picturesque harbor on the mexican riviera. So people looking for ambiance, not action, come here.

Third, because the fishing is truly spectacular, this destination attracts a lot of serious fishermen. Local captains know their stuff; unless you're a large group, you fish on 25ft Pangas, not big, pretentious "rich guy" sportfishers. So there is a certain air of "fun-but-serious" about Zihuatanejo. Perhaps not so much Ixtapa, which feels more like a touristy resort. Serious fishermen are a breed unto themselves; part studious, part wanna-be pirate. So the flavor of offshore adventure pervades this small town.

Party animal singles looking for action and hoping to hook up should go to Cancun, get drunk and sunburned, and have a good time in the bars and their high-rise hotel room.

Friendly souls with a taste for good scenery, the world's most perfect winter climate, down-home friendly ambiance, great food, and mellow times all fit in well in Zihuatanejo. If you like a big beach and/or golf, stay in Ixtapa. But spend your evenings in Zihuat.

It matters not whether you are a family, a couple, or by yourself. You will make friends quickly in this place. Just strike up a conversation with someone - next thing you know, you will have a new friend.

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