Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Trip Report

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Escrito por Lynda desde (cache-ntc-aa05.proxy.aol.com) el día martes, 17 de julio, 2007 a las 16:12:01 horas :

My nineteen year old daughter and I just returned from a week in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. We stayed two days in Itxapa at the Park Royal which is right on the beach with lovely views. It is an AI property and as we were using a time share exchange we did not participate.(The charge would have been $290 per day.) As a result we were unable to use any of the restaurants or bars and we incurred a hefty surcharge for the internet. The rooms were clean but a bit dated. We did discover a great little restaurant called Momma Norma and Deborah's. It is located in the shopping area between Seņor Frog's and the Super Mercado, in the rear of the center. The prices are very reasonable and the service and food is great.

We moved to Zihua and stayed in what are called locally "The Bungalows". These are small complexes with a few units where the family usually lives on site. Our complex was called Casa Mia and had palapa roofs and a swimming pool. The rooms were charming with adobe walls, tile floors, lots of local ceramic accents, mini kitchen with fridge, microwave, hotplate and dishes for four. We had a dining area with two banquettes which were very comfortable for lounging. All of this and cable TV for only $54 per night! The owners don't speak much English but it was fun practicing our Spanish. We wanted to stay longer but unfortunately they were booked so we moved to The Catalina Resort on La Ropa Beach for the last two days of our stay. This is an older hotel, one of the first to be built on the cliffs overlooking this beautiful beach. Although the rooms are old, they are clean, functional and huge. They have large private patios with chaise lounges, table and chairs and hammocks.The view is to die for! We thought it was a reasonable deal for $110 including tax per night. (We did negotiate down from $125 plus tax) They have a lovely bar with two for one happy hour and we both had massages on the beach below for $30 each.The massages were professional and a great deal for a whole hour. The food in Zihua is generally very good. We enjoyed La Sirena Gorda near the naval base. The highlight of our trip was dinner at Il Mare. The prices are higher than the norm for the area but worth it. The views are wonderful, the food delectable and the service four star. We went two days in a row. Try the chocolate cake with strawberries for desert. Do share it as it is huge. There is so much to recommend about Zihua. The people are very friendly and helpful. Sunday evening in the plaza by the beach is a lovely family gathering with food, games and even a mime. We will certainly be back.

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