“I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams,” is one of the iconic lines from the movie The Shawshank Redemption. This film, along with with When a Man Loves a Woman, are just two of the movies filmed in beautiful Zihuatanejo. The Pacific here is as blue as you can imagine, and the Mexican way of life is just as you have dreamt about. If you haven’t been to Zihuatanejo these films will surely inspire a visit. But just in case you need more, here are some facts about the town:
- In the native Nahuatl language Zihuatanejo means a “place of women.” We pronounce it “zee-watt-a-neh-ho.”
- The city was founded in 1520s, with roots stretching back to the Olmec, Toltec and Tarascan tribes. In the days of Spanish colonization, Zihuatanejo bay was a stopping point and safe haven for Spanish galleons, pirates and privateers. Today the municipality has approximately 105,000 residents.
- The climate is warm, with an average yearly temperature of 26 °C (78.8 °F).
- In Zihuatanejo you can practice many water sports; it is famous for fishing, sailing, diving, snorkeling and surfing.
- Some of the most amazing and swimmable beaches can be found in Zihuatanejo; Playa Principal, Larga, Blanca, La Madera, La Ropa, Las Gatas, to name just a few. Read more about them here.
- Lush nature and tropical landscape make Zihtauanejo a great destination for nature lovers: here you can see whales, turtles, crocodiles, endemic bird species, and other wildlife. Don’t miss to visit the wildlife refuge El Refugio de Potosí.
- Zihuatanejo is a small town, which was able to keep its historic charm and friendly atmosphere of an old fishing village. I recommend exploring the city by foot: visit downtown “El Centro” and feel the vibe of the town and its colorful stores, cafes and restaurants, then continue the walk at the Paseo del Pescador, a beachfront promenade. Sit at an adjacent restaurant and enjoy the view and the people watching.
- Visit the colorful artisans market, where you can purchase ceramics, woodcarvings, weavings, sculptures, jewelry and clothing by talented local artisans. My other favorite market is a food market – an unforgettable and delicious experience!
- Try Zihuatanejo’s most popular and traditional dish tiritas (Thin slices of the freshest fish slightly cooked in the grill). Our Chef Miguel Baltazar prepares it with fresh catch of the day. I love how refreshing it is!
- Together with the resort town Ixtapa (home of Capella Ixtapa), Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is referred to as one destination, which offers two distinct lifestyles and experiences. The experience in Zihuatanejo, traditional port and fishing village, is combined with the comfort of a modern infrastructure and luxury services in Ixtapa. The towns share 24 km of golden coastline with small bays and lush green hills.
Zihuatanejo is a wonderful place for vacation, relaxation, exploring nature and pristine Mexico. Best part? It is just a short drive away from Capella Ixtapa!