Hi there, we've been trying to make a decision for our 2 week trip in early december and we are getting more confused and frustrated the more we research. I have searched these forums for days and still can't get a clear idea.
We are considering the Tesoro Ixtapa (only Ixtapa trip we can afford) Tesoro or Gran Festivall Manzanillo, and the Decameron in PV/Bucerias. (we stayed in Decameron Los cocos in Guyabitos and it was an amazing holiday in every way but we want somewhere new)
We are late 40s early 50s, and not picky travelers. We love the mexican culture, music, food , people everything, and don't want to be in a sanitized resort for the whole 2 weeks. Don't care about food reviews on resorts as we can always find something good to eat, or go out even if we are staying AI.
We want SAFE, CULTURE, GOOD BEACH and lots of ability to interact with locals/walk in town/shop Not beach like Mayan Riviera obviously, but one we can swim in and not be drowned like in Hautulco. That was one scary beach at the Barcelo.
I know Ixtapa is a manufactured place like Cancun and Huatulco, but perhaps there's other redeeming qualities about the area? Amazing beaches? Jungle excursions?
I'm worried about air pollution in Manzanillo, from coal plants and the like. I have asthma and can't handle too much smog for very long. Pollution from shipping and air pollution are my main reservations about ZLO
PV I'm concerned that the weather will be 'cold' for early december, and that the ocean might be cold to swim in?
Thanks in advance for any help or insight you might be able to pass on to us.