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The side-by-side beach resorts of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo in the state of Guerrero share a common geography, but in character, they couldn’t be more different.  Ixtapa is a model of modern infrastructure, services, and luxury hotels, while Zihuatanejo is the quintessential Mexican fishing village.  For travelers, this offers an agreeable contrast and the best of both worlds.  Those who want creature comforts should not opt for Ixtapa and take advantage of well-appointed rooms in a setting of great natural beauty.  You can easily and quickly make the four-mile trip into Zihuatanejo for a sampling of the simple life of this pueblo by the sea.  Those who prefer a more rustic retreat, however, tend to settle in Zihuatanejo – unless of course, they want a livelier pace at night.

The area, with a backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains and a foreground of Pacific waters, provides a full range of ways to pass the days.  Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, bay cruises to remote beaches, and golf are among the favorite activities.

This dual destination is the choice for the traveler looking for a little of everything, where you can sample each end of the spectrum from fashionable indulgence to unpretentious simplicity.

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