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Zihuatanejo

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Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations. Encircling a picturesque bay backed by rolling green hills, the town retains a relaxed feel despite its popularity with foreign visitors. While on vacation in Zihuatanejo, you'll spot local anglers setting off in motorized skiffs, performing an age-old task using 20th-century technology. The town serves as the starting point for many guided excursions, with local operators providing half- and full-day fishing trips and snorkeling adventures. While Ixtapa attracts mostly wealthier American tourists, Zihuatanejo remains a favorite for European backpackers and Mexican holidaymakers escaping the big cities for a few days. Zihuatanejo is in Zihuatanejo de Azueta. To arrange what you want to do in Zihuatanejo, use our Mexico trip planner.
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Where to stay in Zihuatanejo

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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