Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo is a Mexican city and port in the state of Guerrero, in the region of Costa Grande. This destination is characterized by its antique Mexican charm

About Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo is the head of the municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta. Its name derives from the Nahuatl word Zihuatlán, which means "land of women." It is located 240 kilometers (144 mi) north of Acapulco, 667 kilometers (400 mi) from Mexico City, and together with Acapulco and Taxco, it is part of The Triangle of the Sun in the state of Guerrero.

Zihua, as it is colloquially known, stretches around Zihuatanejo Bay and to the mountains of Sierra Madre del Sur. A resort planned since 1968 has been developed in the area, linked to a four-lane highway while preserving its traditional Mexican touch, with small boutique hotels and rustic palapas housing restaurants serving the freshest fish in the area.

A calm and relaxed atmosphere dominates the downtown area, with narrow cobblestone streets with the traditional tejabanes (wood ceilings with tiles). You can take a relaxing walk to admire the wide range of shops, boutiques, jewelry shops, silversmith's shops, shoe stores, and craft shops in the area. The Main Square of Zihuatanejo houses the House of Culture, which offers different shows for families on weekends; the Parish of Santa María de Guadalupe is also there. However, the heart of Zihuatanejo is its pier and its boardwalk, known as the Fisherman's Walk, featuring restaurants and craft shops, as well as a small market. Approximately 60 cruise ships that come from abroad and other Mexican destinations dock in the bay every year.

The main attraction of Zihuatanejo is its beaches. Port Beach is in the downtown area, by the pier, which is why it is not so popular for swimming due to amount of boats, so it is used as a meeting and starting point to other tourist places you can reach by boat, as Las Gatas Beach, where you can practice snorkeling and diving in the reef, that according to the legend, it was built by the Tararsco king Caltzontzin as a barrier against the waves, forming a large pool. On the other hand, one of the smaller beaches of Zihua is La Madera, ideal for relaxing, sunbathing, or cooling off in its calm waters. Another quiet beach for swimming is La Ropa, where there are also several dining options and water sports. Blanca Beach, facing the open sea, in the lower coast of Zihuatanejo, is wide and sandy; it invites you to swim and rest, as it is almost untouched.

You can visit the Costa Grande Archaeological Museum, located at the southern end of the municipal beach. It features six rooms that document the history, archeology, and culture of this part of the coast of Guerrero. In fact, in the waters of Las Gatas Beach is submerged a bronze sculpture of Christ the King, which weighs about a ton and a half and has a height of 4 meters (13 ft).

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).

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