Just four miles away from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo was once a sleepy hideaway for pirates and hippies. This small town has still managed to maintain its authentic charm, even with the arrival of luxury hotels and substantial development nearby. Fisherman here still meet every morning to reel in and sell their catch of the day along the pier, and there are plenty of remote beaches and quaint shops lining the cobblestone streets. With a laidback and romantic feel, “Zihua” is a perfect option for couples looking to escape and relax.
Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Zihuatanejo. Mexico City is the only Mexican state where same-sex marriage is currently legal. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for additional information.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Mexico. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The peso is the currency of Mexico, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Zihuatanejo has a tropical savanna climate. During the warm season (June to September), there is a chance of rain, while winters are dry with average temperatures around 85 degrees F.
There are a number of gorgeous beaches in Zihuatanejo and nearby Ixtapa, including Playa La Ropa, which has mild waves and a long stretch of sand that’s perfect for walking the beach. For snorkeling aficionados, Playa Las Gatas is a great choice for the view of nurse sharks, while La Playa Principal is known for its fisherman’s pier and proximity to downtown.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
With a beautiful bay and dozens of beaches as a playground, Zihuatanejo is perfect for water and sand lovers. Whether you want to snorkel with (friendly!) sharks or try a deep-see fishing excursion, there are plenty of options on the water. On land, horseback riding through the bay will prove to be a romantic and scenic activity for couples. Downtown Zihuatanejo is filled with charming local restaurants and markets, with everything from artisan jewelry to local art worth browsing.
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