see + do
Acapulco + Zihuatanejo see + do
Acapulco and Zihuatanejo both face seemingly borderless bays, while Ixtapa faces the open Pacific, so activities in the region focus almost exclusively on the water. The sport fishing is superb from all three areas; scuba and snorkeling is best from Zihuatanejo, unless you're one of Acapulco's fearless cliff divers. Ixtapa's Playa Palmar and Zihuatanejo's Playa la Ropa are the best beaches for playing in the sea and on the sand; Pie de la Cuesta outside Acapulco provides more solitude and tropical scenery. If you'd like to add some cultural options to your beach vacation, consider staying in Acapulco. Here you can see the Fuerte de San Diego nautical museum, the traditional zócalo in Old Acapulco, and the famed cliff divers at La Quebrada. Zihuatanejo claims the region's best shopping at the Mercado de Artesanía and shops around Paseo del Pescador and the Mercado Municipal.