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Azul Grande Dec 16-23

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Toronto, On, Canada
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Azul Grande Dec 16-23

We are leaving Monday for a week at the Azul Grande. Any advice? This our first time to Ixtapa/Zihuatanjo. Have been to Cuba, Jamaica, DR and PV. We are travelling with our 18 and 15yrs girls plus my brother in law.

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1. Re: Azul Grande Dec 16-23

Advice?

Yes.

Relax.

keith

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2. Re: Azul Grande Dec 16-23

Get off the property and go to Zihua for shopping and lunch/dinner. Check out what's happening at the basketball court. Take a stroll on the pier. Find some live music. Let your daughters experience why they are (or should be) studying Spanish. Wander around Ixtapa for awhile, too.

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3. Re: Azul Grande Dec 16-23

Along the lines of obsession57"s suggestions , take a cab , a van or larger than normal cab for 5 people and have them drop you in downtown , shore front , Zihuatanejo at the pier . From the pier you can catch an inexpesive water taxi to Las Gatas beach to spend some time . This short boat trip offers a sea view of all of Zihuatanejo Bay including La Playa Principal the beach you see on leaving the dock and then La Madera just around a very small point and then on to La Ropa around a slightly larger and higher cliff and point .

From the pier you could also walk the shore on the waterfront sidewalks and path through an area of restaurants and shops and past the basketball court that serves as a town square of sorts for special events , especially at night , especially on Sunday nights . A very small version of PV's malecon .

It's not really fair to either place but Ixtapa is the Neuvo Vallarta of their respective cities as a way of describing things but the scale of four or five miles total distance makes either Ixtapa or Zihua , local .

From the basketball court the shore walk continues and then crosses a small canal and winds on toward Madera Beach , all an easy sunny walk designed for tourists with food options all along and at La Madera .

Directly across the street from the basketball court is an entry to a pedestrian only shopping and dining area of town . Wander here day or night and if it seems you are a little lost at some point , just grab a cab to get to your next stop .

Other good stops

The mercado is a good large mostly indoor daytime mixed market with lots to see and it's surrounding area as well .

A day trip to Isla Ixtapa is easy with no need of a tour . Search this forum for lots of info . North of Ixtapa is Playa Linda and the start of a Isla Ixtapa day trip .

Bus travel is very cheap and easy . Take an Ixtapa bus to downtown Zihua another day and then another local bus from very near where the first one dropped you , just ask , out to the end of La Ropa beach . Stay there or work your way back along that beach towards town . Lots of beach restaurants to enjoy as you go and a nice long beach to walk . You can catch another bus or cab at any point .

Cabs for 5 can be cheaper than a bunch of bus fares depending on the destination and the cost of a larger cab .

Enjoy

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4. Re: Azul Grande Dec 16-23

Thank you for all this great info, this sounds like a great town and can't wait to experience it.

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5. Re: Azul Grande Dec 16-23

Don't forget when you are home to do a "trip report" always like to hear from First Timers...enjoy..

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