Developed exclusively for pleasure, the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Resort Center is currently one of the most modern and beautiful Mexican coastal resorts, combining the atmosphere over traditional fishing village with the luxury and comfort of a world-class recreational complex.

Today, in addition to its tranquil beaches with crystal-clear water, the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo corridor has over 60 hotels in all categories and exquisite restaurants with all kinds of food and prices.

Also, your vacation will be complemented by a variety of recreational activities such as sport fishing, diving, golf, tennis, indoor football, cycling, horseback riding and tours that can make your next business trip or vacation a truly memorable experience.


The name of Zihuatanejo comes from the nahuatl word Zuhuatlán, which means ¨land of women¨, a word which the Spaniards changed to Cihuatlán, adding the pejorative suffix ejo, which means of ¨little importance¨, giving rise to the name we know today.

During Pre-Hispanic times, the region was part of the province of Cuitlatecapan as an important agriculture center producing cotton, cacao, and corn, however, the subjection imposed by the Mexican empire resulted in its gradual disappearance.

Later on, Zihuatanejo was a relatively important port during the early colonial years as a link between America and the Philippines. During the Colonial period, the bay area was practically uninhabited, a circumstance that facilitated marauding by pirates ready to attack the famous Manila Galleon.

Mexico’s fourth President, Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, passed through Zihuatanejo at the end of the Nineteenth Century in route to voluntary exile in the United States.

It was not until November 30, 1953 that the municipality of Jose Azueta was founded, establishing the municipal seat in the village of Zihuatanejo, which many years later would gain international fame as the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Resort.

Ixtapa is in the municipality of Teniente Jose Azueta in the state of Guerrero, 240 kilometers by road from Acapulco, 583 kilometers from Mexico City and six kilometers from Zihuatanejo Bay, in the midst of a natural environment ideal a tourist development on the scale of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo corridor.

Construction began in 1972 when the local population and the authorities (represented by Fonatur) reached an agreement that produced Mexico’s second fully planned tourist resort (the first was Cancún). The current population is approximately 89 thousand 48 and there is a total of 18 beaches (four in Zihuatanejo and 14 in Ixtapa), spread out over 6 kilometers of coast. The area covers 2 thousand hectares of which 146 are an ecological reserve.

Location from the Airport

The excellent, modern and clean Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport is on the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway, Colonia el Aeropuerto, Municipality Teniente Jose Azueta, Guerrero. The trip from the airport to Zihuatanejo takes about 20 minutes.

Time Zone

The State of Guerrero is at -06:00 GMT, six hours behind hour behind U.S. Eastern Standard Time, and the same hour as Mexico City.


The official currency is the Mexican peso, although US dollars are also accepted in shops and hotels, at an exchange rate that makes paying unadvisable.


Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo enjoys a definitively privileged climate, semi-humid and tropical with rain during the summer. The average annual temperature is 28 degrees Centigrade, and it is estimated that the area enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year.