Capella Ixtapa guests and visitors often ask for recommendations for local beaches— a very challenging question, as we are lucky to have plenty of beautiful beaches of Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo! In fact there are so many beaches in the area that I had to split this post in two. Here I will focus on Ixtapa’s beaches and next time on Zihuatanejo’s. Each beach has its own character and is great for partaking in different water sports. I am sure you will find one that is just right for you!
Playa Linda (or Beautiful Beach)
Playa Linda is located just North of Ixtapa – and very close to Capella Ixtapa – and is more than 1 km (0.65 miles) long. It is a popular beach for water sports, our annual surfing tournament happens here, and here you can embark on a panga and visit the Ixtapa Island. I am fond of the natural mangrove lagoon. There is a lookout point there where you can get a great view of alligators!
Playa El Palmar (or The Palm Trees Beach)
Playa El Palmar is Ixtapa’s principal beach, located at the main hotel strip, in “Zone I”. It is 2.5 km (1.6 miles) long, with a slew of water sports available including parasailing! It is one of my favorite places to watch the spectacular sunsets. This beach has been certified as “Clean Beach” by IMNC.
Playa Las Escolleras
This is one of the most popular surfing spots in the area, you can access it at Playa El Palmar, by the rocks dividing the marina from the beach. This beach is particularly popular with Capella Ixtapa as many of us (including our sommelier!) enjoy catching these waves.
Playa Quieta (or Calm Beach)
This lovely and quiet beach is 350 m (0.21 miles) long. Located in front of Ixtapa Island, it is the ideal spot for swimming and wind surfing. I also really love to go kayaking here.
IXTAPA ISLAND (or ISLA GRANDE)
Ixtapa Island is a beautiful island accessible by a water-taxi from the pier at Playa Linda. It is one of favorite beaches of our General Manager, Eliezer Quiñones. I love to go there for snorkeling and diving.
Playa Varadero (the Docking Beach) on Ixtapa Island
Playa Varadero is the arrival point when you land on the island from Playa Linda. There are restaurants and water sports operators available. It’s a great place to catch a bite and watch the boats come in.
Playa Cuachalalate on the Ixtapa Island
This beach also offers seafood restaurants and water sports rentals. It is named after a tree that was very abundant in this part of the island. The bark of this tree is used even today for medical purposes for circulatory disorders, mouth ulcers, infections, and others.
Playa Coral (or Coral Reef Beach) on the Ixtapa Island
Hands down, this is one of the best beaches for snorkeling and diving! Because of its beautiful flora and fauna, all visitors are asked not to walk on the coral reef, pull out plants, or catch sea life there. You will be able to notice that the sand here is completely different from other beaches in the island.
So tell me—which of the beaches of Ixtapa do you look forward to visiting?