Information & Facts
There are plenty of exciting water sports and activities to
enjoy while on holiday in Ixtapa. Go surfing at one of the nearby
beaches such as Playa Escolleras, enjoy a round of golf at the
Marina Ixtapa Golf Course or a tennis match at the Palma Real Golf
and Tennis Club, enjoy some of the best scuba diving and
snorkelling in the Pacific Ocean or take a fishing charter and
enjoy some fly fishing and even game fishing where you may even
land a Blue Marlin.
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.
There are a lot of peddlers and hawkers along the beach in
Ixtapa which can become a nuisance for many travellers.
The nightlife in Ixtapa is second to none with a good selection
of restaurants, bars, clubs and discos to keep you partying into
the early hours. Sip a cocktail under the tropical overhang at La
Playa Bar in the heart of in the heart of Zihuatanejo, sing along
to some live music or hit the dance floor and get you body moving
until the early hours. Head for the world renowned
restaurant-cum-disco on Ixtapa's beach, Carlos 'n' Charlie's, to
enjoy some of the finest BBQ ribs and dancing, while Bandido's
features live music from Wednesday through Saturday. Rick's Bar is
a popular hangout for locals and expats, while Senor Frog's and
Christine's on Ixtapa Boulevard see the DJs spin a mix of pop and
disco to keep the party going.
With some of the most picturesque and romantic beach-side
settings, those looking for a night of wining and dining will find
there is no shortage of quality restaurants and eateries in Ixtapa.
For some of the best seafood around, try 4 Hermanos, while
Beccofino offers an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Mexican
cuisine. For local flavour visit Villa de la Selva. Fancy a bit of
spice? Look no further than Deborah's Chili Beans on Ixtapa
Boulevard, while for a more familiar dinner, head to Porto di Mare
for a bit of Italian fare.
There is a good selection of shops available throughout Ixtapa,
from boutiques and famous brand and designer names and jewellery
stores to specialist shops and craft markets selling local wares.
Ixtapa Boulevard is the place to go for shopping centres and
stores, as well as the artisan market where popular buys include
huaraches(handmade leather sandals), wooden
sculptures, art, jewellery, furnishings, beachwear, sarongs and
traditional masks. Those looking for the quintessential Mexican
souvenir need look no further than
Tequila Por Favor,Zihuatanejo's first liquor
store, which offers an amazing variety of tequila, fine spirits,
and Cuban and Mexican cigars.