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Ixtapa


Magical paradise that is Ixtapa


By Judy Torres


Aerial view of Ixtapa (upper left) and it's laid back neighbour Zihuatanejo (centre).


by Fonatur (a Spanish acronym roughly corresponding to “National Tourism Development Fund) in the early seventies. Once a coconut plantation, it is now a world class destination with a beautiful hotel strip of four and five star accommodations, complete with excellent golf courses! Te beautiful two-mile long beach in Ixtapa, El Palmar, is loved by locals and tourists alike – and is a favourite place for a morning or afternoon stroll or a power walk. Te water sports offer a little bit more


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rriving at Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo is like discovering two different worlds in one. Tourists may enjoy the more luxurious side of Ixtapa by going to the resort founded


Beautiful views of the whole Bay of Zihuatanejo.


excitement. Te water sports opera- tion located in front of the Krystal and Tesoro Hotels is owned and operated by my husband, Armando Torres, a na- tive of Zihuatanejo. Armando has been there for 37 years. He believes in pleasing the tourists with a beautiful parachute ride over the bay, and safety is always his first prior- ity. You can also rent jet skis and explore the shoreline


32 • Winter 2018


How to get there One flight per week to Ixtapa direct on Sunwing.


Flight duration 5 hrs., 15 mins.


from the ocean for yourself. For a relaxing hour or so, one of my favourite things to do is to head down the beach to en- joy a relaxing massage while listening to the waves crashing on the shore. It’s very rea- sonable at around ten dollars. In the evening you can enjoy dinner at


your all-inclusive or check out the won- derful restaurants on the strip; there is


everything from fine dining to a little taco stand. At Casa Morelos you can enjoy your


favourite seafood along with a wide range of fine wines and tequilas. My favourite is their Spanish coffee prepared right in front of you. Delicious!


The Hub


Photo by Nick Navarro.


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