Playa el Palmar, Ixtapa

4.5
#2 of 10 in Beaches in Zihuatanejo
With the city skyline in the background, Playa el Palmar offers a long stretch of clean sand and calm waters. As a popular spot for both tourists and locals, the beach offers a wide variety of activities--rent a jet ski and head out into the bay or try parasailing, hang gliding, or water skiing. Or build new friendships on the beach over a game of volleyball, soccer, or frisbee. Most of the hotels in the city line the beach, and bars and restaurants sit nearby as well. For Playa el Palmar and beyond, use our Zihuatanejo trip planner to get the most from your Zihuatanejo vacation.
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  • The nice thing about the El Palmar Playa is it's 2 miles long. The negative is that it isn't the white sugar sand you get on the Caribbean side similar to Cancun or Play Del Carmen, but it is a light ...  more »
  • The beach is great place to swim and sunbath. The water was not rough. It was a 15 - 20 walk from my hotel.  more »
  • It is a beach with small slope, although the waves tend to be a little high and strong, however, the Sea you always ejects and seldom drags toward the interior, excellent beach for fun with low risk. Just be careful where swirls are made.
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Look in the narrow streets of the historic center to find a range of affordable, colorful "posadas" (inns), or head uphill to Cerro del Almacen for comfortable condos offering sweeping views over the water. If the larger luxury hotels appeal, cast your eye east of the river to find lavish resorts lining the town's most desirable beaches.
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