Ixtapa, Mexico

A luxury resort community, Ixtapa lies on Mexico’s Gold Coast between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the neighboring town of Zihuatanejo, an authentic Mexican village hailed for its fishing, pristine diving and snorkeling sites, colorful shops, and tropical fruit plantations. Nestled along Playa la Ropa, the premier swimming beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, is Thompson Zihuatanejo, offering modern beachfront luxury.

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You would never guess that the modern and luxurious resort community of Ixtapa used to be a humble coconut plantation. Today, travelers revel in Ixtapa for its warm weather, soft beaches, and proximity to the low-key town of Zihuatanejo. Situated between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this region provides plenty of opportunities for sunny outdoor activities. Deep-sea fishing, bay cruises to remote beaches, scuba diving, and golf are favorites among visitors.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested airport
    Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH)
  • Currency
    Mexican Pesos
  • Time zone
    1 hour behind NYC
  • Elevation
    26 feet

Destination Highlights


  • Cooking Classes

    Learn to cook Mexican cuisine with a professional chef at Thompson Zihuatanejo. From a trip to the market to preparing and plating the food, this is one of the most hands-on traditional Mexican cooking experiences you’ll ever find.

  • Golf

    On a former coconut plantation, the natural landscape around Zihuatanejo lends its beauty to the Palma Real Golf Course, an original Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. The course is a par 72 with plenty of challenges.

  • Deep Sea Fishing

    Guests interested in casting a line will find an array of fishing charters for hire. A professional crew will guide you on board, and if you love what you catch, they might even prepare it for you to eat.

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Weather


  • Forecasting your Ixtapa vacation

    Ixtapa's climate is best described as tropical savannah. Winters are dry and the warmest months are usually late June through early September, with average daily temperatures around 89 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler season is from January to May, but one can hardly describe Ixtapa's coldest 67-degree day as chilly. Rest assured you’ll enjoy a warm vacation.

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Map of Ixtapa, Mexico

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