The laid back, artistic beach town of Ixtapa lies on the sunny coast of Mexico, known as the Mexican Riviera. Visitors from all over the world come here every year to experience a unique vibe, warm hospitality, and stunning natural beauty. There are plenty of fun things to do in Ixtapa and great ways to make lasting vacation memories. Come here for a romantic escape, a getaway with friends, or an unforgettable family vacation. Play golf, relax in the spa, visit a waterpark, go diving or snorkeling, or stroll the downtown area and visit the marina. Ixtapa is known for its art galleries, local museums, and unique shopping areas. While you're visiting Ixtapa, consider a stay in your own private vacation rental. A luxury villa or condo can often be less expensive than a hotel and offer better amenities. A vacation home of your own can also provide the space you need to store your outdoor equipment and beach gear.
Wake up in your vacation rental and enjoy a cup of coffee on your private balcony overlooking the ocean. Explore the downtown area, hike the trails of local parks, take day trips to tour historic ruins, play on the beach, or relax in a world class Ixtapa spa. At the end of a long day of adventure, come home to your villa and fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Visit Ixtapa Island: This largely man-made island was cultivated in the 1970s and is now a wildlife refuge and a serene day trip destination.
-Play a round of golf: Marina Ixtapa and Campo de Golf Ixtapa are two of the most popular and well designed golf courses in the Ixtapa area.
-Swim with the dolphins at Delfiniti: Have a one-on-one encounter with these extraordinary sea creatures in a sheltered lagoon.
-Visit Adventure Park (Parque Aventura): Go zip-lining and rappelling through the forest canopy on the adventure of a lifetime.
-Experience Ixtapa beaches: Ixtapa offers some of the best beaches anywhere along the Mexican Coast. Try Playa Linda or Playa de Palmar, once a mango plantation and now a lively place to relax and watch the waves roll in
-Take a dinner cruise: Ixtapa offers several dinner and sunset cruise outfitters. Enjoy a gourmet meal and live music on the deck of a luxury sailboat as the sun sets over the ocean.
No matter what time of year you plan your visit to Ixtapa, you'll never run out of fun things to do here. And you'll have no trouble finding the perfect beach condo or ocean villa where you can relax and reconnect with your family and friends. While you're visiting Ixtapa, be sure to explore nearby coastal vacation destinations like Acapulco and Huatulco as well.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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