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To be honest, we had never heard of Zihuatanejo in Mexico until we applied for a two week Housesitting assignment there, we never expected to remain for five weeks. Checking the internet, we found that “Zihua” as it is locally known, is located on the Pacific Coast in the State of Guerrero 150 miles north-west of Acapulco. A typical Mexican sleepy fishing village located in a well-protected bay, Zihua offers the traveller a peaceful location to holiday in compared to the busy, high rise tourist development of Ixtpa a few kilometres away.
Our arrival into Zihuatanejo
Using our travel planning services we flew in from Mexico City via Interjet and was impressed with the views from the plane of the long ocean beaches and the green tropical landscapes. Zihua’s airport is a few kilometres our of town. It has a quirky baggage retrieval system. As you enter the terminal, there is a small area on your left that is roped off, bags are unloaded into this area, then the pushing and grabbing starts, chaos everywhere, people tripping over one another to try and reach for their bag underneath the ropes, whilst airline staff try to deliver the right bag to the right person. Luckily there is checkpoint where your bags and receipts are checked before you exit the terminal.
We were won over immediately as we wandered into town the first night for dinner. “El Centro” with its many restaurants and gift shops along the stone paved streets and the waterfront walkway known as Paseo del Pescador (The Fisherman’s Path).
The small port is used for the local fishermen and ferry boats that take you across the bay to Playa Las Gatas (Cat Beach) for MXP40 each way. During the morning just past the basketball courts you will see the local fishermen selling their catch from the evening’s fishing.
Follow the walkway from the main beach in town across the bridge and head towards Playa Madera (wood beach) where you can dine on fresh seafood from the restaurants there.
Our favourite restaurant was Valeria I. The restaurants here are open from breakfast through to lunch and dinner and close around 7pm at night.
2km from the main town is Playa La Ropa (clothes beach), a popular beach lined with hotels and restaurants, where you can sail, parasail and jet ski.
We enjoyed pizza from Pizza Locas on our balcony at the Hotel Aura Del Mar.
We can highly recommend staying at the Hotel Aura del Mar, which overlooks Playa La Madera. Originally we had planned to spend only two weeks there but we extended another week. The staff are very welcoming and accommodating and any request we made during our stay was carried out quickly and efficiently. The hotel prides itself on its hospitality and service.
The rooms are large, with very comfortable beds that are lovingly made up with floral arrangements each morning. Our room had a spa on the balcony overlooking the bay.
Wonder through the town area and along the Municipal Beachfront to enjoy the many restaurants on offer. Why not enjoy a coffee at our favourite coffee place – El Cafecito.
Zihuatanejo was made famous in the movie The Shawshank Redemption. The movie starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Tim Robbins who played the part of Andy, whilst being held in the Shawshank Prison, dreamt of living his life in Zihuatanejo.
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