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Famous for its island atmosphere, white sandy beach and shallow clear waters. It is an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling. The beach hammocks, shady trees, picnic tables and delicious food beckon visitors and locals alike seven days a week.

 

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Two of the very best are the town’s of Ixtapa and its neighbor, the much smaller former fishing village of Zihuatanejo on the country’s Pacific coast. Although the larger of the two, the former coconut and mangrove producing town of Ixtapa has been carefully master-planned as a tourist hub to good effect, its streets and beaches uncluttered and easy to get around. The contrast to traditional beach resorts is even greater in beautiful Zihuatanejo, which has worked hard to keep its small town feel. Lying along a small, well-protected bay, it’s a delightful and safe town to explore, home to a number of fine hotels and restaurants. Fun activities include shopping in its fish market or, better still, taking a fishing excursion to catch something of your own.

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Ixtapa is a Pacific Coast beach resort in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Curving El Palmar Beach is lined with high-rise hotels, bars and restaurants. Fishing boats leave from Ixtapa Marina, adjacent to a golf course. The granite rocks of Los Morros de Potosí are a popular dive site, while the Delfiniti dolphinarium offers the chance to swim with dolphins. The laid-back resort city of Zihuatanejo lies just southeast.

These twin destinations share a beautiful setting, with the crashing waves of the Pacific to the west and the Sierra Madre mountain chain to the east. However, Ixtapa has a modern vibe whereas Zihuatanejo has an old-Mexico feel to it. Some of the more popular activities in this area include scuba diving, surfing, and deep-sea fishing.

 

Playa Ropa

The main beach for swimming and water sports is Playa La Ropa. This perfect beach is about a mile long with, usually mild waves making it perfect for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. It’s usually possible to body surf the 1 to 3 foot waves there on a normal day.

According to local legend, a Spanish galleon sank nearby and clothes from the wreckage washed up on the shore. The waves range from mild to medium-sized, although they become large in the rainy season, which is ideal for water sports.

The main beach for swimming and water sports is Playa La Ropa The longest beach of Zihuatanejo’s bay and approx. 1 km (0.63 miles) long. Soft to medium waves most of the year. Medium to high waves during our rainy season. Water sports rentals. Many restaurants and snack-bars along its shore that open from breakfast to dinner. It is probably the most famous and popular beach of our destination. Its name “the clothes beach” according to a local legend, is because a commercial Spanish galleon returning from the Orient shipwrecked at the entrance of the bay and its cargo of fine silks and clothing washed ashore.

Playa Las Gatas

If you like snorkeling then Playa Las Gatas is ideal whether you’re a beginner or an old-hand; it has a reef that forms a haven from the waves, although surfers can sometimes be seen catching waves as they curl around the entrance to the bay. Get away to this quiet stretch of sand secluded from the world, with practically no waves. It is ideal for snorkeling or diving. Along the way, enjoy the view of the pre-Columbian breakwater that was built by a Tarascan king to create a giant swimming pool.

Las Gatas is considerate as one of the best places to practice snorkeling due to its calm and crystal waters, Las Gatas Beach is Located in Zihuatanejo Bay and is only assessable by boat, This beach is famous for its wave breaker made of rocks that protect this beach from big waves

from shore into the underwater sea wall where you will find hermit crabs, tropical fish, coral reef formations, different types of sea urchins, star fish, sea cucumbers and also an artificial coral in the shape of a bell. During the snorkeling you will also have the opportunity to see a statue of Jesus Crises Under water. While you snorkel there will be a tour guide showing you all of the beautiful under water marine life in Las Gatas Bay. Across the bay. A seclude beach with practically no waves due to the underwater reef constructed by our ancient civilization (see “Our History” section). Ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Many water sports available. Lots of restaurant on its shores. Recommended for a whole day outing. Best way to get there is by taking the shuttle boats from pier at Playa Principal beach. It got its name from the the docile and harmless nurse or cat sharks that lived at the bottom of this beach many, many years ago.

Playa La Madera

The waves are usually good for bodysurfing at Playa La Madera where you can wade out quite a distance before reaching the breaking waves. There is a waterfront walkway from the Playa Principal that passes several small picturesque coves, although you still may have to get your feet wet due to the surf splashing against the walkway. The beach’s name originated in viceregal times when Spanish merchant ships loaded oak, pine and mahogany wood here. The swells run from mild to moderate and it is an ideal place to relax. Located in downtown Zihuatanejo and of approx. 400 meters (0.25 miles) long. Many restaurants alongside. Beside this beach is the main Pier from where you can take a boat to Playa Las Gatas beach or for a fun day of fishing and it is where the passengers from luxury cruises arrive for a tour of our cities. From here you will be able to admire the four beaches located within our bay. Officially it bears the name of “Playa del Puerto” (Beach of the Port) but everybody refers to it as “Principal” (Main beach) and that way its known.

Playa Municipal

La Playa Municipal is the beach in front of downtown Zihuatanejo. At one end there is El Muelle Municipal (the Municipal Pier) where you can catch a water-taxi to Playa Las Gatas or charter a fishing boat, and at the other end is El Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande where you can learn about local pre-Columbian history. Port Beach is more than 1,200 feet long. It’s in downtown Zihuatanejo, next to the main pier Located in downtown Zihuatanejo and of approx. 400 meters (0.25 miles) long. Many restaurants alongside. Beside this beach is the main Pier from where you can take a boat to Playa Las Gatas beach or for a fun day of fishing and it is where the passengers from luxury cruises arrive for a tour of our cities. From here you will be able to admire the four beaches located within our bay. Officially it bears the name of “Playa del Puerto” (Beach of the Port) but everybody refers to it as “Principal” (Main beach) and that way its known.

Beaches

Beaches

Beaches

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Beach Highlights

  • Playa Ropa                     
  • Playa Las Gatas                             
  • Playa La Madera
  • Playa Municipal 
  • Playa Contramar
  • Playa El Palmar
  • Playa Larga 
  • Playa Blanca

Playa Contramar

Playa Contramar is a beautiful place to snorkel but the beach is made up of surf-polished rocks and not sand. It’s recommended to go there by boat and take a lunch. There is no reliable restaurant there but the coral and rock formations underwater are well worth seeing (look for the tunnel!).

Playa El Palmar

The main beach in Ixtapa is called Playa El Palmar and if you like a beach lined with high-rise hotels then this is for you. There is a smaller somewhat secluded beach fronting the Westin Hotel called Playa Vista Hermosa which is semi-private and accessible through the Westin. Where the main hotel’s strip is located in hotel’s Zone I. Semi-open bay of about 2.5 kms. (1.6 miles) long. Most water sports available including parachute rides. This is Ixtapa’s main beach, a broad stretch of pleasantly-soft sand and it’s one of the places to watch spectacular sunsets. Its named “the palm trees beach” because it was a huge coconut plantation there before Ixtapa was developed. Del Palmar Beach is in the hotel area. Enjoy the semi-open bay with soft golden sands while skydiving, windsurfing or jet skiing, along with other water sports.

Playa Larga

One of the longest beach in our destination, more than 3 kms. (1.8 miles) long. Big waves because it is open sea. Many informal seafood restaurants. Nothing but suntan, food and great long walks or jogging. Best way to get there is by taxi. It gets its name “the long beach” because of its extension. Witness the spectacle of the tall waves as they crash repeatedly into the sand while you enjoy a pleasant walk.

Playa Blanca

At Barra el Potosí, immerse yourself in the waters of Playa Blanca, and be one with the sea and the river. During rainy season, the river becomes a large lagoon that you can swim in. Another of the longest beaches of our destination. Located south of Zihuatanejo and after Playa Larga beach. Here is located the renown “Barra de Potosi” (Potosi’s river mouth) with many informal restaurants. In some of them you can pick the fish and they will prepare it to your liking. You can take a tour that includes an appetizing seafood lunch or go on your own. High waves in open sea, medium to soft on Barra by the river. You can also take a deep in the river that is almost like a huge lagoon when its mouth to the sea is closed during dry season. If you don’t have a car (own or rented) you can get there by taxi or bus (ask for detailed information). Its named “the white beach” because of the prevailing color of its sands.

Playa Linda

Enjoy the surf tournaments that take place at Linda Beach. Visit the natural estuary that is protected and fenced. You can watch the crocodiles that live there or take a horseback ride around it. North of Ixtapa. More than 1 Km (0.65 miles) long. Here is the pier where you can embark for a visit to the island. Medium to high waves most of the year. Here is where surfing tournaments are held. At the entrance you will find an enclosed natural mangrove lagoon with alligators and has a lookout point so you can see them. Various water sports available. If you will like to visit the surrounding area, you can take a horseback riding tour from this point. The origin of its name is unknown but we assume that someone liked it very much and called “Linda” (Beautiful).

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Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Destination

Your Cayman Islands vacation is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining through the jungle, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Cayman Islands are blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From beachcombing to swimming and sunbathing, Cayman Islands’ beaches will not disappoint.

 

Swimming

With miles of coast and several islands to choose from, there truly is a beach for everyone and every activity. You will find beaches with gentle, moderate waves in Cayman Islands, perfect for families with children.

Sunbathing

Get away to quiet stretches of white sandy secluded from the world, with practically no waves. It is ideal for snorkeling, swimming and basking in the sun.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in the Cayman Islands. Romantic weddings on a sugar sand beach, rich sunsets and the most beautiful bays in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With bit of planning  beforehand, Cayman Islands is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and the Cayman Islands are the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Cayman Islands have something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the marine environment in the Cayman Islands. Easy to learn and a great way to have fun in the beautiful bays of the Cayman Islands.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventure, exploring and paddling in the beautiful bays of the Cayman Islands, visiting deserted islands will make your kayaking excursions something to remember for a long time.

Sailing

Sea breezes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Cayman Islands are your perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Cayman Islands’ warm waters and coral reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor. Whale sharks and humpbacks although rare sometimes make an appearance.

Scuba

A premier holiday destination with an established scuba industry. Cayman is one of the top dive destinations anywhere. With over 40 operators and 365 sites marked with moorings, thrill-seekers from all over take the plunge here. Shallow dives great for beginners to deep dives.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

 Discover fishing in the Cayman Islands. Fishing here shows the diversity of deep-sea fishing in the area. Cayman Islands Fishing Guides can help you to find those coastal catches, and all of the great fish that can be found in the shallow reefs of the nearby areas.

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to the Cayman Islands is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Grand Cayman is ideal for golfing, and they have world-class facilities that are available to players of all levels. Golf is a popular activity for residents and visitors alike. There are two golf courses on-Island, a nine-hole and an eighteen-hole.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

If adventure is on your mind, we have guided bicycle rides, horseback riding, rappel and other great adrenalin perk-up options or if you prefer something more relaxing, take a city tour, a countryside adventure or a sunset cruise.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungles.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through jungles full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering the Cayman Islands as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider the Cayman Islands for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. The Caymans have everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment in the Cayman Islands for entrepreneurs in the business. Beachfront and beach view homes, condos, apartments and private land are all good options for investing in this attractive and up and coming area.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments, and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of the Cayman Islands has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

Strolling the streets of Grand Cayman you hear kitchen band – blending the soul of jazz, the happiness of calypso and the message of reggae. The Cayman Islands shares a wonderful relationship with music, and has several festivals during the year. 

Culture

The Cayman Islands enjoys a vibrant art scene with over 250 practicing artists, seven commercial galleries, a National Gallery with a permanent art collection and rotating contemporary art exhibitions per annum, and several publicly accessible artist’s studios

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

The Cayman Islands is home to world-renowned chefs, a host of local, artisanal fare, as well as lively nightlife for any taste. The beginning of the year is kicked off with the annual Cayman Cookout in January.

Rum Punch

Every establishment on Grand Cayman has its own recipe for rum punch…and virtually all are delicious. The only common denominator is that they use local rum and fruit juice. Be sure to sample at least a couple different ones.

Beer

Beer enthusiasts know there’s nothing better than visiting a brewery with good friends to try a new brew! Visiting the Cayman Islands, you’ll soon discover  fantastic bars, restaurants and a great brewery: The Cayman Islands Brewery!

Rum

West Indian history immersed in the rum trade, the Seven Fathoms Distillery produces the only spirit made entirely in the Cayman Islands. The rum goes down smooth and dry, and features distinct sugarcane and citrus notes.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

Cayman resorts are perennial favorites among globetrotters. With a variety of beach options, rich heritage and fantastic food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that’s got more to offer within such easy reach of most travelers.

Resorts

With her gorgeous beaches and upscale resorts, the Cayman Islands are the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a rum tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures. So many options.

Resorts

If you’re looking for warmth, relaxation, and an amazing experience, look no further than the Cayman Islands. Around every corner of the islands there are plenty of new adventures and surprises.

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