Playa Buenavista, just south of Troncones
Ciudad de Mexico
Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo Airport
Marvel at the local fishermen as they cast their nets into the ocean. Watch as a group of pelicans swarm down over a school of fish. Walk for miles in the warm sun. Splash in the cool, clear waves. Smile as a pod of dolphins swim by, surfing the waves as they go. Listen to the calls of the hundreds of birds who call the area home. Release baby sea turtles, sometimes hundreds at a time. No hotels, no restaurants, no discos... just paradise. Located just 3 miles south of Troncones and 15 miles north of Ixtapa, this is the ideal place for your tranquil beach vacation. There are no vendors and very few people; just sun, sand, abundant wildlife, waves, and a nice ocean breeze.
Troncones is a growing beach village just to the north of Buenavista. Although it’s only about 3 miles as the crow flies, it takes about 10-15 minutes to drive there because you have to go out to the main highway. There are little shops, many restaurants and guest houses, and some great surfing here. Even better surfing is a bit north still, at La Saladita or The Ranch.
Ixtapa is home to golf courses, high rise hotels, and nightlife. It’s about a 20 minute drive south.
Zihuatanejo, just south of Ixtapa, is the “big city” of the area. There are 2 large grocery stores, Mega Soriana and Bodega Aurrera, as well as a Sam’s Club. Get past the commercial outskirts of the city, though, to discover the bay. Playa La Ropa is probably the most famous of the Zihua beaches, where you can spend the day under an umbrella, eating at one of the many restaurants, and watching the parasailers glide through the air. Playa Principal is where the fishermen return with their catch every morning; doesn’t get much fresher than this! Also near Playa Principal is the main pier, where you can catch a water taxi across the bay to Playa Las Gatas for a day of snorkeling.
All of these areas are worth discovering and offer great food, activities, and great beach vibes!
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