Until fairly recently this Pacific beach resort was just a sleepy Mexican fishing village. Now the luxury hotels and chi-chi bistros have created a more exclusive feel, and it has been used as the paradise backdrop for Hollywood movies. But you’ll still find plenty of Mexican charm and captivating history under the surface. Old cobbled streets and a working fishing harbour make Zihuatenejo a unique and beautiful retreat.
Truly a destination to escape to, where film star good looks meets traditional Mexican culture.
Things to do
The sparkling coastline is one of the main reasons visitors come here, and who can blame them. The main beach is Bahia Zihuatenejo, which is calm and sheltered. But you’ll find plenty of others, including private coves that can only be reached by boat.
Grab a rod, charter a private boat and glide into the ocean to enjoy some deep sea fishing. Or head to the local amphitheatre and its basketball courts, where locals hang out and play. You might be lucky enough to catch a match too.
The local fishermen sell their fresh catches every morning in town, but if you’d rather have someone else cook it for you then there are plenty of tempting restaurants selling seafood. Enjoy fine dining under the stars, or a taste of traditional Zihuatenejo in a local haunt.
When you’re on the beach you can shelter from the sun under a thatched umbrella for free, as long as you buy drinks and snacks from the owner.
Top tip from SLH