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   Welcome to the Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa PHOTO TOUR pages! If you have a photograph of Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa or any of the surrounding communities and you'd like to see it here please submit it to me.
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A masterpiece by Mother Nature. Sunset over Bahía El Palmar and the islands in front of Ixtapa. There are no words... only sensations.

Bahía El Palmar, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
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Residente de Los Achotes con carreta y caballos
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Time seems to stand still in Mexico, reminding us of a simpler way of life. This is still the way people get around in many small villages. Photo taken on the road that leads to la Barra de Potosí from Los Achotes.


The beach fronting town is called both Playa Municipal and Playa Principal, but it's actual name is Playa Del Puerto. The Hotel Avila is visible at the center of the photo. The 2-story white building to the left used to be our city hall (but has since been torn down) and is where you'll find the town plaza.

La Playa Municipal / Playa Principal
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Playa La Madera
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Here you can see Playa Madera in the distance. Casa Cuitlateca is to the far right on the hill & Bungalows Pacíficos is on the extreme left.


Looking towards La Ropa Beach you can see the Sotavento and Catalina hotels near the center of the photo, and the Casa Que Canta Hotel is the large adobe structure to its left.

Casa Que Canta, Sotavento, Catalina & Playa La Ropa
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Mexican Navy on parade
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The local Mexican Navy on parade. We have a small Naval Base here & we're thankful for their reassuring presence.


The local Mexican Army on parade. These guys & gals are stationed in nearby Petatlán, and they're always there when we need them. Like the Navy, they mainly perform various community services.

Mexican Army on parade
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El Faro de Zihuatanejo
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The lighthouse at the mouth of Zihuatanejo's Bay. We call it "El Faro" in Spanish. You can walk here from Las Gatas Beach. The view from here is spectacular! Just be sure to give a shout to the caretaker when you walk up there so as not to startle him. And don't forget your camera!


Looking east on the Playa Municipal in front of town. This is part of our local fishing fleet. The pier is behind me, the basketball court/town plaza is midway down, & the museum is at the far end of the beach.

Panga fishing boats on La Playa Municipal
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Playa Varadero, Isla Ixtapa

This is the beach called Playa Varadero at Isla Ixtapa. To the right on this beach is the restaurant "El Paraíso Escondido", which I highly recommend! This island is a great place for snorkeling. To get here take the water-taxi from the pier at Playa Linda. Trips can also be chartered at the Zihuatanejo pier and Marina Ixtapa.

PHOTO © 2006 COURTESY OF IXTAPA ADVENTOURS

This is what Zihuatanejo is all about!! This is my pal Chris working up a sweat at Las Gatas Beach in Zihuatanejo's Bay. To get here either take a water-taxi from the pier or walk the path along the coast from the end of La Ropa Beach.

Visitor relaxing at Playa Las Gatas
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PHOTO © 1999 COURTESY OF MIKE COURTNEY

Waterfall in Ixtapa
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Here is a photo of the waterfall in Ixtapa beside the main entrance road just before the turnoff to Paseo de Los Viveros when coming from Zihuatanejo. It does not have water year round but usually flows during the latter part of the rainy season after several heavy rains.


You can take horseback tours at La Barra de Potosí (highly recommended). Ask for info at La Condesa or any other restaurant at La Barra and they will contact the local tour guide who has the horses.

Roberto of Barra de Potosí on his horse
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PHOTO © 2001 COURTESY OF MARTY MILLER

Plaza Caritina Galeana
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There are several small park areas in both Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa. This one is called "Plaza Caritina Galeana" as well as "Plaza del Artista". It connects to the Playa Municpal from Calle Juan N. Alvarez at the corner of Calle Vicente Guerrero.


Doing the "Zihuatanejo stoop" at Playa La Ropa! A favorite local pastime. Actually they're collecting chiquiliquis to eat: small crustaceans similar to a shrimp but with more legs and no tail, a local delicacy.

Collecting chiquiliquis at the beach
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restaurants at Barra de Potosí
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Restaurants in front of the lagoon at Barra de Potosí preserve the old-style traditions and ambience of a simple way of life enjoyed along the Mexican coast known as La Costa Grande.


You never know who'll turn up in Zihuatanejo! Patti, Keith & me on Dec. 31, 1994 at Rossy's Restaurant on Playa La Ropa.

Patti & Keith Richards & me, Dec. 31, 1994
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