La Costa Grande

Guerrero's Costa Grande, or 'Big Coast', is a sublime stretch of Pacific shoreline punctuated by placid lagoons and drowsy villages. It reaches west of Acapulco for more than 300 km and is home to the twin resorts of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, now almost a single contiguous settlement with a single name. But thankfully, in spite of nearly merging, the identities of these two popular tourist towns remains distinct. Zihuatanejo has its roots as a fishing village and was a popular hippy hangout in the 1970s. It remains a relatively tranquil retreat, home to some excellent beaches and dive sites, great restaurants, and a friendly, welcoming population. Ixtapa has no such roots, owing its existence to the Mexican state, who designed its high-rise towers and complexes from scratch. It is obscenely characterless, overpriced and best avoided altogether. The Costa Grande, flanked by rolling mountains and verdant palm plantations, is traversed by Highway 200. Drivers will have access to a wealth of obscure and lesser visited attractions, including deserted beaches and luxuriant estuaries resplendent with chattering birds.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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