What comes to mind when you're ready to book your next Mexican beach getaway?
If you're like the millions of vacationers who flock to Mexico's most popular beaches, then surely Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos top your list.
Mexico has stunning coastlines all across the country, from Rosarito to Chetumal, but the vacation juggernauts tend to steal the spotlight.
Sometimes we crave all the cushy amenities from an all-inclusive vacation, but wish there were less crowds to deal with.
One place comes to mind that ticks off all the boxes for a nice beach getaway with all-inclusive resorts, easy connectivity, and an authentic sense of Mexico, all while staying on a budget.
Guerrero's Lesser Known Gem
The twin beach cities of Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo is a mouthful to say, so many just simply refer to this lesser-known getaway as “Ixtapa”.
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Perhaps the best comparison geographically is Los Cabos, where tourists pick between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
Tucked away in the state of Guerrero, this scenic beach destination has become trendier over the past year, but nowhere near the likes of the Mexican Caribbean and other household names.
That doesn't mean it's unworthy of your next beach escape, however. In fact, it rivals top vacation spots in many categories.
Easy To Reach
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Rather than spend your days chopping firewood to stay warm, why not a sunny escape for warm weather in the 80's?
Sounds a lot more fun than sitting by the fireplace, right? Not every Mexican beach is warm in the winter, but Ixtapa has some of the best weather in Mexico right now perfect for a beach vacay.
For a place you've quite possibly never heard of before, you might be surprised how easy Ixtapa is to reach directly or through a quick connection.
What's even better is the airport is conveniently located, so you can start your vacation shortly after landing as the drive is within 20 minutes from top resorts.
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These are all the airlines that fly to Ixtapa from U.S. airports:
- American Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- United Airlines
- Sun Country Airlines
All-Inclusive Stays At Lower Rates
Mega popular destinations can cost an arm and a leg to stay at the best resorts, but that's not the case here in Ixtapa.
Lined along beautiful beaches are plentiful resort options, and some with familiar names. Ixtapa isn't a mainstream destination, but many Mexican nationals love visiting to get their salty air and sandy beach fix.
Now it's Americans' turn. Last year, we covered many all-inclusive resorts under $150 per night, which you can still find.
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Although, it looks as if Ixtapa has taken a page out of America's book with inflation. While still a steal of a deal compared to Los Cabos, for example, resorts this winter are typically anywhere from $175 – $250 per night.
We're talking all the dreamy amenities you expect – endless food and drinks, infinity pools, massages, and of course, stunning views of the beach.
Not every resort has all-inclusive packages, but many do. So, why not take advantage with such affordable rates?
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Popular all-inclusive Ixtapa resorts:
- Barcelo Ixtapa
- Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa
- Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All-Inclusive
- Las Brisas Ixtapa
- Hotel Fontan Ixtapa
Dreamy Isla Ixtapa
There's nothing wrong with never leaving your resort, but paying a visit to Isla Ixtapa is too good to pass up.
Not that Ixtapa sees the hordes of crowds of Cancun per se, but the easily reachable island offers even more seclusion than you would find on the mainland.
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This small dreamy island is home to three beaches with turquoise waters- Playa Coral, Playa Cuachalalate, and Playa Varadero, with Playa Coral being the best for snorkeling as the name suggests.
To reach the island, a cheap water taxi makes trips from morning to evening, just in time to make it back to your resort to watch the sunset.
But before then, Isla Ixtapa is perfect for a digital detox day as you can spend countless hours catching rays, snorkeling and eating some of the fresh seafood imaginable at a beachfront restaurant.
Beachgoers do swim at Ixtapa's beaches, but keep in mind this is croc and shark territory.
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