Returning to Zihuatanejo (affectionately called Zihua by the locals) after a ten year absence was like returning home to a familiar, warm, and charming place. Although a decade had passed since our last visit, the town of Zihua (actually a small city with a population of approximately 65,000) remained as enticing and lovely as our memories of previous visits.
The sister cities of Zihuatanejo (see-wah-tah-neh-ho) and it’s “sister” city of Ixtapa could not be more radically different. While Ixtapa has been built as a master planned upscale resort community by the Mexican government tourist agency, Zihuatanejo is the real deal.
The colorful and and lush hillsides overlooking the bay at Zihuatanejo.
Zihuatanejo means "place of the women" in the indigenous language.
In sections of Zihua, luxury hotels are slowing replacing old family guesthouses and small charming inns. But for the most part, Zihua has retained its lovely and historic charm. The narrow cobblestone streets of downtown hide wonderful local restaurants, bars, boutique shops and artisan studios.
Instead of a traditional plaza, the center of town is a large basketball court which is in front of the principal beach. This “plaza” is surrounded by benches and trees with a large gazebo and the Casa de La Cultura nearby. Quite a unique “plaza” for Mexico or any other country for that matter!
Fishing is still very important to the economy and tradition of Zihua.
I truly enjoy Zihua because of the “human” scale of the town and the bay. Watching the endless parade of boats and yachts of every kind come and go is endlessly fascinating to me. Walking the beautiful coastline beaches and the charming streets of Centro is also immensely enjoyable. The beauty of Zihuatanejo with it’s lovely bay and hillsides is pure magic. For sure, our next visit to charming Zihua will not be so long in coming!
The seaside malecon, or walkway, is a favorite venue in Zihua for people watching, access to the gorgeous beach of Playa Madera, to the charming downtown area, and for exercise (if you must!)
Murals of the state's main towns and cities are painted by the students at the Vincente Guerrero elementary school in downtown Zihau.
Another spectacular sunset over Zihua!
I remember hearing many years ago that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I am a believer of those inspiring words so I am including the link to my WEB ALBUM which has additional photos for this posting.
MEXICO AND BEYOND: ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO
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