"We spent 4 week at this condo and enjoyed every minute. The open view and casual Mexican feel made it relaxing and enjoyable. As I'm learning Spanish I had many opportunities to converse with the locals as some smaller restaurants had waiters who didn't speak English, as well as Zihua being a vacation destination for Mexicans. On Avenida Adelante amongst the numerous restaurants there was a small rock band on Sat. nights who sang in English but could not speak it. A large gathering of tourists would expand into the street singing and dancing until 10pm when the group would TRY to quit. A few more tips encouraged another song or two.
We found there were great well-marked cycle paths in Ixtapa, one of which took us to Playa Linda - 9 or so K. We rented pretty decent bicycles in Ixtapa and discovered there were no restaurants open to the public as it's mainly all-inclusive resorts. We found a spot for a refreshing break at the marina. At one spot the new cycle path was interrupted for a few yards by the old cobble stone path until the new one resumed.
Playa Linda is easily reached by local buses, 12 pesos, and is where you take a water taxis to Isla Ixtapa for beaches, swimming, snorkeling, etc. We were advised to get off the taxis at the 2nd beach and walk about 200 yards across the island to coral beaches for good snorkeling. All 3 beaches have restaurants where the chair rental is included with food or drinks.
We found most everything we needed - Banks, market, bus stop for Ixtapa, on Avenida Benito Juarez and found Scotiabank most convenient and secure. We tried most of the restaurants recommended by our hosts and were not disappointed.
The manager of the codo is Carmen, who speaks excellent English. She is a wealth of information on how to get wherever you wish to go, where to catch buses, etc. She arranges for additional water, and repairs if needed. The two cleaning ladies came promptly at the arranged date and did a good they spoke no English. The pool was always clean and was adequate size for the 8-10 people who enjoyed a late afternoon dip. There was a security guard every evening and, I believe, throughout the night. Mostly it was very friendly Jose Miguel, who spoke convenient English and enjoyed a little chat each time we passed.
Each of our three married children and spouses spent a week with us, totally enjoying the whole experience, including watching the stars from there very comfortable bed.
We would all go again."
Guest: Ted and Pauline
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: April 25, 2015