Ixtapa Activities

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    Ixtapa and its nearby sister town of Zihuatanejo combine pearl-white beaches with the allure of a quaint fishing village for an intoxicating blend of relaxation and beauty.

    Modern Ixtapa is home to ten pristine beaches along a 12-mile Pacific Coast stretch and offers a variety of water activities such as deep-sea fishing and parasailing. Just five miles to the south is Rustic Zihuatanejo (also called Zihua). This town, framed by five beaches, offers a village feel and a great view of the Sierra foothills encircling the bay. Feel your cares slip away as you stroll along the Paseo del Pescador, the waterfront walkway that serves as Zihuatanejo’s city center.

    Download Tesoro’s complimentary Ixtapa City Guide to help plan your vacation and make the most of your visit.


    Ixtapa is famous for its beautiful beaches and warm waters. Zihuatanejo Bay has four protected and tranquil beaches, with excellent places to sunbathe or water ski. The main beaches of Ixtapa are:

    Playa Larga
 – A beautiful, rarely crowded beach, located between Zihuatanejo and the airport. It features several small palapa restaurants, hammocks, and wading pools for children.

    Playa Palmar – 
Ixtapa’s main beach, this is a lovely white-sand arc on the edge of the Hotel Zone, with dramatic rock formations silhouetted in the sea. The surf here can be rough, so use caution and don’t swim when a red flag is posted.

    La Ropa Beach
 – This large beach is located in the center of the Zihuatanejo Bay and is known for clear and calm water. Plenty of water sports are there for the asking: parasailing, waterskiing,and jet-skiing.

    Municipal Beach – 
About a half mile long, this beach is located right in front of the downtown center. It’s a great spot for people watching and seeing the fishermen come back in from their day. There are several fresh seafood restaurants set up right on the sidewalk and sand, where they also have palapas and lounge chairs.

    Isla Encantada – 
A lovely alternative to more popular areas, this is a little-known small beach in a tiny cove at the northern end of Zihuatanejo Bay. When you visit, sample some great fresh seafood.

    Ixtapa Sports, Golf & Fishing

    Golf – 
Ixtapa is home to two world-class golf courses, the Marina Ixtapa and the Palma Real, making it a paradise for golfers of all levels of expertise.

    Sport Fishing – 
The Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo area has incredible sportfishing opportunities. Big game fish such as sailfish, dorado, marlin, roosterfish and yellowfin tuna abound as well as smaller fare including Spanish mackerel, bonito, yellowtail jacks and barracuda. The area is considered one of the best sailfishing destinations in the world.

 – Water sports abound in Ixtapa, including superb deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, jetskiing, parasailling and boating. The staff at Tesoro’s activity desk can help you arrange for a variety of excursions.

    Ixtapa Nightlife

    Ixtapa Bars and Discos – 
A night out is the perfect cap to an idyllic Ixtapa day. Zihuatanejo has plenty of downtown bars where you can listen to the sounds of trova, salsa and boleros on the many cool terraces. Popular discotheques and bars in Ixtapa include Señor Frog’s and Carlos n’ Charlies. You can catch a live music performance in one of the many hotel lobby-bars, as well as some excellent floor shows.

    Ixtapa Restaurants
 – The Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo area has more than 150 restaurants, featuring a wide choice of local and international cuisine. Some eateries are located along the beach, allowing you to dine while enjoying a breathtaking Pacific sunset. Local specialties include fish and shrimp tacos, ceviche cocktail, zihuatanejo tiritas (thin strips of marinated fish with onions), red clams, huge locally-caught red snapper, and lobster (in season).

 – In Ixtapa, you’ll find exclusive designer boutiques and renowned decorators, as well as beachwear stores and the famous arts-and-crafts market, all conveniently located along Boulevard Ixtapa.

    Zihuatanejo is lined with shops, particularly in the downtown area. Stroll along Fishermen’s Walkway and take in the sights and sounds. Take some time to visit the old church, the arts-and-crafts market, or visit the art galleries on Juan N. Alvarez Street where you’ll find the works of great artists as well as the flavor, color and warmth of Zihuatanejo.

    Stroll through the Mercado de Artesanias, a craft market with fine goods from all over Mexico. Look for locally crafted Guerrero masks. These colorful wooden masks depict demons, devils, and animals, and were traditionally used in ceremonies and dances. Also keep your eye out for fine Taxco silver.

    As you shop, be aware that haggling is a very old and honored Mexican tradition. Don’t be afraid to offer less than the vendor is asking for a certain item. You may come away with a great deal.


    Feast on the international buffet, dine poolside or try regional cuisine at Tesoro Resorts Ixtapa.

    Restaurants – Ixtapa has a variety of excellent dining options, but you don’t have to stray far from Tesoro Ixtapa to indulge in gastronomic delights.

    Dress is casual in all restaurants.

    La Mar – 
Soak up friendly atmosphere of this bright, spacious and inviting restaurant overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean. Dine on a sumptuous international buffet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in relaxing surroundings with attentive and amiable service. Hours: Breakfast 7 am – 11 am; Lunch 1 pm – 4:30 pm; Dinner 6:30 pm – 10:45 pm

 – Kick back on your lounge chair at this casual snack restaurant where you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail, cold beer, plateful of nachos, hamburgers or hot dogs. Open noon to 6 pm.

    El Mesón – 
International and Mexican cuisine play a starring role at Tesoro Ixtapa’s specialty restaurant, where guests dine in a stylish, modern atmosphere. Dine a la carte on a wide selection of authentic regional dishes and complement any meal with fine wines from our cellar. Open 7 pm to 10:45 pm (reservations required).


    Enjoy a refreshing beverage in one of Tesoro Ixtapa’s charming lounges.

    El Galeon Lobby Bar – 
All hands are on deck at El Galeon lobby bar. Enjoy a quiet drink and some music with friends. Open from 5 pm to 1 am.

    Pirate’s Cove Pool Bar
 – Swim right up and enjoy the laidback pool party ambience of Pirate’s Cove. Make new friends, work on your tan and sample delicious specialty drinks and ice cold beers.

    7/24 Lounge -
 The name says it all. A flash of the wristband is all you need to gain entry into the Tesoro All-Inclusive Club any time of the day where you can enjoy 24 hour self-service snacks and quick refreshment. Feel like a VIP with your own after party to wind down from Ixtapa’s nightlife (an exclusive benefit for Tesoro’s all-inclusive guests). Open 24 hours.

    All-Inclusive Dining

    If you are staying with us on an all-inclusive package, your rate covers your dining and beverages including wine, beer and soft drinks at all resort restaurants.

    Room Service