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Welcome to Zihuatanejo


The idyllic getaway featured in the film The Shawshank Redemption, Zihuatanejo is a small, old-world fishing village on the southwest coast of Mexico. The heart of the town is the Paseo del Pescador(or Fisherman's Path), a pedestrian walkway along the beach. Lined with souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars, the path runs from the pier to the city's excellent archaeological museum.

Zihuatanejo Bay offers a number of good beaches, ranging from the busy Municipal Beach in town to the Playa La Ropa(Clothes Beach), which is good for swimming, to the snorkeller's haven of Playa Las Gatas(Cats Beach). Scuba diving is also available, and there are some good diving schools in Zihuatanejo.

Like many resorts, Zihuatanejo has been affected by the ongoing drug violence in Mexico. However, Zihuatanejo is considered relatively safe, and incidents have been minimal. A popular port of call for cruise ships in Mexico, Zihuatanejo is also conveniently accessible by car at a six-hour journey from Mexico City.

Information & Facts

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.

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