Luxury holidays in Zihuatanejo

Palm-lined beaches, jungle-covered hills and the deep turquoise Pacific – Andy and Red were onto something when they picked Zihuatanejo as their post-Shawshank paradise. Hip boutiques and artsy hangouts are recapturing the city’s star-studded counter-culture past – Sixties visitors included Mick Jagger and Timothy Leary – but cobblestone streets, pozole-doling restaurants and the central maze-like market make sure this erstwhile fishing village still delivers a hearty dose of down-home Mexicana.

When to go

As long as you avoid the rainy season from May to November, the rest of the year should serve up Pacific-paddling weather with minimal showers.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport is 15 kilometres from the city centre. It’s around an hour’s flight from Mexico City, or you can fly there direct from US hubs including Los Angeles and Houston. Additional seasonal flights from a host of US and Canadian cities touch down here.
  • Automobiles

    Having a car might be handy for exploring further-flung beaches and hiking spots, but many hotels offer excursions and airport transfers. If you do hop behind the wheel, make sure you stick to daytime driving.