Located along the Pacific Ocean’s sandy shores, Ixtapa is a popular destination for those looking for a relaxed beach holiday. With its vibrant sunsets, beaches with ideal waters for snorkelling, and multiple day excursions to choose from, it’s easy to see why people choose to vacation here.
Playas and more playas
There will be no shortage of beaches when you visit Ixtapa. If a clean, quiet beach is what you are after, then Playa Vista Hermosa is a great option. The name of the beach literally translates to ‘beautiful view’, and visitors agree that it lives up to its name.
Another relatively quiet stretch of beach in Playa Linda, where you can enjoy a number of activities here like paddling, horseback riding, and numerous other water sports.
And lastly, there is Playa Quieta, which is ideal for windsurfing and sailing.
Ixtapa Island, or Isla Ixtapa in Spanish, is a short ferry ride away from the mainland. This is a fun day trip if you want to enjoy some snorkelling, and there are also great restaurants right on the beach where you can enjoy some fresh seafood. Enjoy a grilled lobster or the catch of the day on the barbecue, and pair it with a cold beer while you relax and enjoy the view.
There are many day excursions to be enjoyed near Ixtapa. These include: a catamaran and snorkeling excursion which will open your eyes to the abundant sea life below, a sunset cruise departing from Puerto Mio Marina where you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and appetizers while you sail away, or perhaps a mountain biking outing that will take you through the lush Azatlan Ecological Park.
Horseback riding on the beach
If you are looking to enjoy a scenic afternoon outing, then going horseback riding on the beach is a great idea. Fret not if you’ve never ridden a horse before; the horses are very gentle and a guide will be on hand to guide the way. A typical journey takes you along the sandy shores and through a coconut plantation. (It might be a good idea to bring along some bug spray – just to be safe.)
Magic World Aquatic Park
If you are travelling with little ones and they are itching to escape from the resort, Magic World Aquatic Park is a great place to splash around. With a giant pirate ships and lots of twisting slides, the kids are sure to enjoy the water fun.