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IXTAPA, MEXICO


How to get there: One flight per week on Sunwing seasonally starting Dec. 17


Flight duration: 5 hours, 6 mins.


Te neighbouring towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo may only be some six kilometres apart but the differences between them set them much further apart than that. Ixtapa is a luxury travel destination filled with high-rise hotels, all-inclusive resorts and high-end shops. Tis government-planned tourist des- tination was constructed on an old coconut plantation and mangrove estuary in the early 1970s. Te neighbouring town of Zihuatanejo began as a humble fishing village, eventually attracting backpackers, folksy galleries and art shops. “Zihua” has a laid-back vibe and postcard scenery that shouldn’t be missed. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is an ecotourism destination filled with


adventure. Explore the tropical vegetation, virgin sand beach- es and local fishing communities on an ATV tour. Visit El Palmar Beach, the largest and most famous beach in Ixtapa. Swimmers do need to be mindful of the flags indicating the undertow and water conditions, but the beach itself is some- thing special. Marine life will delight all water lovers. Try local snorkelling or diving hotspots for up close encounters, but even casual swimmers can spot sea creatures amid the local tide pools and lagoons. For a full day of snorkelling fun take a tour to Las Gatas. You’ll be whisked away to a white sandy beach in this attractive cove where you can swim, snorkel and explore the nearby coral reef.


HUATULCO, MEXICO


How to get there: One flight per week on Sunwing seasonally starting Dec. 15


Flight duration: 5 hours, 35 mins.


Tirty-six stunning beaches, spanning nine bays along the Pa- cific coast of Mexico, welcome tourists to their warm waters and golden sands. At the edge of the Sierra Madre Moun- tains, Huatulco offers visitors pristine waterfalls and rushing rivers. From June to November the jungle is a lush green but changes to a dull brown during the dry season. Visit the beautiful botanical garden, Hagia Sofia. Owner


Armando will take you on a tour of his garden, built along a cascading river in the mountains above Huatulco. You will enjoy traditional food, a swim and be amazed by the hundreds of varieties of heliconias and other flowering plants he has in this tropical paradise. Explore a century-old organic coffee plantation and learn about local coffee production in Oaxaca. Tours include a visit to a colonial-style village, a swim through cascading water- falls and, of course, a cup of world-class organic coffee. A seaside boulevard connects the hotel district of Tangol- unda Bay to Santa Cruz Bay and the town of La Crucecita. La Crucecita is a local meeting place, and restaurants serve traditional Oaxaca dishes. Markets offer clothing and handi- crafts, and boats will ferry you to nearby beaches. Te waters are calm enough for the whole family to go on a snorkelling tour. Try to visit all nine of the unforgettable bays of Huatul- co – Tangolunda, Chahue, Santa Cruz, Conejos, Maguey, Ca- caluta, Can Agustin, and Chachacual.


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