Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH)

The towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo sit along 16 miles of sugary beach, coves and inlets on Mexico’s beautifully rugged Pacific coastline. These friendly neighbors, only four miles apart, may share the same geography, but they are worlds apart when it comes to atmosphere. Travelers can enjoy two vacations in one: a sophisticated, beach paradise and a casual, bohemian scene. For centuries, this coast was a playground of the Tarascan monarchs, and today it is host to ecotourism, original cuisine and art.

Explore Two Cities On One Grand Adventure

Choose a tour to the agriculture region where mango, coconut and papaya grow; a small town where handmade tile and brick are crafted; or the Potosi refuge — an area awash in exotic local flora and fauna. At Don Victor Ranch, ride horseback along the Sierra Madre range, or plan a bicycling, kayaking, walking or swimming excursion along the island’s three major beaches. Golf lovers will also find paradise at the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course.

Many travelers declare Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo to be the best sports fishing destination in Mexico. Pacific sailfish, yellow fin tuna, mahi mahi and dorado are caught during most of the year, with black and blue marlin popular in the spring. You can also conquer the sea with a wide selection of watersports. Snorkel in Playa Las Gatas, the site of a coral reef with an underwater man-made barrier that, according to legend, was ordered by an ancient king to be created for a natural swimming pool.

Shopping, dining and entertainment are plentiful. You’ll find a variety of handmade craft shops and open-air markets. Restaurants offer exquisite fresh fish and seafood, along with excellent examples of Mexican and Spanish cooking. Once the sun goes down, the fun heats up in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Dance parties can sprout up along the beach around live bands playing English and Spanish songs. Dress up, and go clubbing in Ixtapa’s hotel zone, or go casual at a carefree spot in Zihuatanejo. Anyone can find his or her favorite type of nightlife after the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean.

Ixtapa: Be Chic At The Beach

Once a coconut plantation, Ixtapa is a refined beach resort with high-rise hotels, shopping centers, restaurants catering to tourists and a pulsing nightlife. Appealing to those seeking adventure and outdoor recreation, try a tour to Isla Ixtapa, where seafood shacks sit next to stands renting snorkeling equipment. Barter for a souvenir from a wandering vendor, or venture under a beach canopy for a massage or hair-braiding session.

Stay in the luxe hotel zone to enjoy a sweeping view of Playa Palmar from your resort terrace. Infinity pools, outdoor bars, lounge chairs and other hotel amenities line the soft sand. Two world-class, 18-hole courses take full advantage of nature's gifts, and are carved into the surrounding jungle.

Zihuatanejo: Laid-Back Beauty

Like the other side of a coin, Zihuatanejo retains much of the laid-back, Mexican charm of a sleepy fishing village, with its winding streets, market, boutique hotels, galleries, folk art shops, traditional town plaza and palapa-style seafood restaurants serving up the daily catch. Grab a great spot on the beach, or walk along the beach to spot sea turtles and fish. Experienced divers will delight in a network of caves, vertical walls, arches and tunnels at Los Morros de Potosi.

Plan Your Vacation

Bundle, book and save on the perfect Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo vacation package, and feel better knowing
Delta Vacations offers you the benefits, flexibility and service to make your getaway a memorable experience.
From Playa Linda in Ixtapa to Zihuatanejo Bay, hotels and resorts offer a peaceful, seaside setting, a variety
of activities and friendly service.

Delta Vacations also offers customized Dive Vacationsopens in a new window to many of the world’s top dive destinations. We cater to all levels of divers from beginner to advanced, as well as non-diving companions, making it easy to select the perfect dive package for safe and enjoyable dive experiences.

Round-trip transfers between Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport and your hotel are included with your flight
and hotel package. The airport is 10 minutes from Zihuatanejo and about 15 minutes from the hotel zone in Ixtapa. Rental cars are available through Alamo® Rent A Car, and can be added to your Delta Vacations package. We also offer horseback riding tours and an Ixtapa Island excursion.