Cruise ships anchor in Zihuatanejo Bay and tender to the small dock in Zihua; walking to the shops of Zihuatanejo is an easy three minutes; Ixtapa is approximately three miles away and is accessible by bus, taxi or shore excursion. A taxi to Ixtapa is about $4.
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Zihuatanejo is a picturesque fishing village containing four beautiful beaches, a variety of small hotels ranging from inexpensive pensions to 5 star luxury Small Inns and a great selection of restaurants from small family owned thatch roofed eateries to exotic Gourmet dining.
Taxis are cheap and in abundance.
Day passes are offered at many resorts. La Casa Que Canta and Tides are world famous.
Ixtapa is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero. It is a lovely getaway destination for families and young people alike. It feels timeless and makes a great escape. Rolling mountains and sparkling beaches await you in this historic town with much to explore and learn.
Mercado de los Artisans: This open market in Zihuatanejo has hundreds of stalls with crafts people selling everything from blankets to ornate silver items. Unlike the shops in Ixtapa, real bargains can be found here.
Markets are usually set up along the beach by the pier when a cruise ship is in town.
The currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN). The symbol for pesos is the same as for US dollars, which can be slightly confusing. Prices in dollars (in tourist areas) are labeled "US$" or sport an S with a double stroke. There are about 17 peso to 1US$.
US dollars are widely accepted in the far north and in tourist locales elsewhere.
Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in Europe or the USA. Some companies make an extra charge of around 5% on such transactions.
almost everyone in Ixtapa speaks and understands some English.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are abundant.
Mon-Sun 1000/1100-2000/2200 (big towns and cities); Mon-Fri 0900-1400/1600 (rest of the country).
Easter is widely observed nationwide, according to the yearly Catholic calendar (the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring
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