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(Pic. of beach at Ixtapa.)
IXTAPA'S PLAYA DEL PALMAR


Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

Unlike buying a Rolex watch, when you go to China, going to Ixtapa, when you visit Zihuatanejo, is not obligatory.

Ixtapa is an instant tourist trap with, tall, self contained, fortress like, hotels, built along a pristine beach.

It is easily walkable from one end of town to the other. At the North end there is a marina, on the West, and a Golf course to the East. At the South end is another golf course.

On the West side of the main, and nearly, only, street, is hotel row, each edifice giving access to, for those who venture out of their air conditioned suites, the beach.

The beach, a long, wide strip of lovely, soft, sand slowly deepening into the never ending surf that is uninterrupted by land before it hits the Eastern shore of Hawaii, is the home to the usual beach type businesses: para sailing; tube rides; and a prop man who will take your picture, with your camera, while he supplies the prop, a two foot long, not counting the tail, Iguana.

WATER
SLIDES
(Pic. of water slide park.)
A children's play land in Ixtapa.

To the East side of the highway are the commercial and residential sections that are quite small and only partially used. Several businesses have gone broke and several spaces have never been let as few patrons of the hotels venture forth to use the services. Those who come out to see the real Mexico usually go to Zihuatanejo.

Facing the highway there are: a couple of scuba diving shops; bicycle - car - scooter rentals, there is a nicely paved bicycle path that starts at the marina and nearly circumnavigates the Northern Golf course; a real estate office that has available anything from an apartment to your own beach; a couple of corner stores; a theatre; as well as a few other businesses, including a small Mexican restaurant that serves authentic cuisine at excellent prices.

(Pic. of sunset over Ixtapa.)
Sunset over Ixtapa
Photo taken from viewpoint on Hwy. 200

(Pic. of sunset over Ixtapa.)
Sunset over Ixtapa
Photo taken `04 while returning from Parque Ecologico Lavainilla (an ecological park), high in the mountain East of Ixtapa

To my mind, a trip to Ixtapa only offers four features. One; the fantastic scenic views as you take the bus over the mountain from Zihuatanejo to Ixtapa. Two; the Dolphinarium. At the North end of the beach is an enclosed pool system where you can actually enter the water and pet, and play with dolphins. There are two different prices, both high, depending on how involved you wish to be. Three; crocodile feeding. At the southern end of town, at three PM, guests of the hotel gather and clap their hands to entice the crocs out of the water. Four; the fantastic views as the bus takes you over the mountain back to Zihuatanejo.

The bus ride from Zihuatanejo to Ixtapa is only four pesos. If you get off at the final stop, the marina, walk back into the center of town, stop for lunch, walk to the Southern edge of town, and catch a bus back, another four pesos, the entire trip will take a maximum of two hours.

ROAD
CHECK
(Pic. of Police road check.)
If heading out of town on a long trip,
taxis stop to tell the police where they are going
and who their passengers are.

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    PACIFIC OCEAN - FROM IXTAPA'S PLAYA DEL PALMAR

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    Story and Photos by

    LEE A. WOOD

    To me, visiting Ixtapa was a pleasant drive in the day time or a fun time at night to go to Senor Frogs.

    With it's Las Vegas like wall of resorts lining the beach and it's few stores it was really not worth while.

    In the last ten years it has really grown.

    Other than remodelling the hotels haven't changed much but the store area has easily tripled.

    Blue
    Shrimp
    Club Med
    Frank's
    Ixtapa
    Hotels
    Ixtapa
    Stores
    Para
    sailing
    Tesoro
    YVR
    YVR to ZIH
    ZIH

    YVR

    VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    (YVR interior.)
    (YVR interior.)
    (Plane - Air Transat.)
    (Plane - Air Canada.)
    (Plane - Air Canada.)
    (YVR exterior.)

    YVR to ZIH

    VANCOUVER TO ZIHUATANEJO

    Our flight South, with Air Canada, was mostly through clear skies and mostly over land.

    This was nearly a direct route, passing close to Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Guadalajara.

    Unfortunately the map section on my seat screen wasn't working and I couldn't determine where I was.

    None of what I saw looked familiar.

    But it sure was interesting.

    (Air Canada - interior.)FLIGHT AC 1746
    (Rugged mountain tops, some snow, some cloud.)
    (Some snow capped mountains, mostly dry fields.)
    (An open pit mine.)
    AN OPEN PIT MINE
    (Dark purple lake.)
    ONE BODY OF WATER, FOUR DISTINCT COLOURS
    (Dark purple - jade green lake.)
    LOOKS LIKE A ROAD?
    (Jade green / light blue / light green lake.)
    (Jade green lake.)
    (Town on edge of lake.)
    HOUSING NEAR A LAKE
    (green / grey lake.)
    BUT NOT ON THE SHORE
    (wind and water swept rock.)
    LITERALLY WIND SWEPT
    (water carved rock.)
    WATER CARVED
    (Wind and water carved.)
    CARVED BY WIND AND WATER
    (Wind and water carved - close up.)
    ACTUALLY WATER IN THIS ONE
    (barren fields, some with green.)
    DRY & IRRIGATED
    (Town with irrigated fields.)
    (fields and forest with sweeps of red.)
    STRANGE RED COLOURING
    (fields and forest with sweeps of red.)
    POSSIBLY A DUST STORM?
    (Barra de Potosi.)
    BARRA DE POTOSI & PLAYA LARGA
    (Playa Larga.)
    PLAYA LARGA, The beach above the wing

    Regardless of the time of day, or night, or the nationality of the other person, whether in a building or on the street, I found everyone friendly and ready to say hello or good morning in what ever language they normally use.

    IXTAPA

    WALKING SOUTH ALONG BOULEVARD IXTAPA

    (Direction sign at intersection.)
    AYA RECREATIVA EL PALMAR
    (Front of hotel - Park Royal.)
    PARK ROYAL
    (Side of hotel - Park Royal.)
    PARK ROYAL (From Tesoro)
    (A large leaf tree.)
    (Wing of  hotel - Tesoro.)
    TESORO
    Click here for more Tesoro
    (Mexicans on sidewalk.)
    OFF SHIFT - WAITING FOR A BUS
    (Mexicans at guard shack.)
    CLOCKING IN TO START A SHIFT
    (Workers beneath large tree.)
    AVOCADO TREE
    (Avocado hanging from branches of tree.)
    (Spikes growing on tree.)
    (Close up of spikes.)
    NO NEED FOR A `DO NOT CLIMB' SIGN
    (Curving sidewalk.)
    (Bogart's)
    BOGART'S RESTAURANT - VERY UPSCALE
    (Front of hotel - Krystal.)
    KRYSTAL
    (Tree trimmed square.)
    (Front of club - Christine.)
    CHRISTINE - DISCO
    (Front of hotel - Amara.)
    AMARRA
    (Front of hotel - Sunscape.)
    SUNSCAPE
    (Front of hotel - Emporio.)
    EMPORIO
    (Front of hotel - Presidente Intercontinental.)
    PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL
    (Front of hotel - Fontan.)
    FONTAN
    (Front of hotel - Bay View Grand.)
    BAY VIEW GRAND
    (Front of hotel - Barceló.)
    BARCELO
    (Front of hotel - Barceló.)
    (Young man climbing coconut tree.)
    (Young man picking coconuts.)
    (Young man throwing coconuts.)
    (Young man collecting coconuts beneath tree.)

    TESORO

    (sign on post.)
    (Large entrance sign.)
    (Outside stage.)
    OUT DOOR THEATRE
    (Front of hotel.)
    (Front portal.)
    (Lower front.)
    (Looking out through front.)
    (Acres of palm trees.)
    LOOKING NORTH FROM 3RD FLOOR
    (Acres of palm trees with the odd roof top.)
    SMALL SHOPPING PLAZA
    (Parking lot.)
    (Ixtapa residential.)
    (Ixtapa commercial hidden by palm trees.)
    (3rd floor lobby.)
    3RD FLOOR
    (Washroom.)
    RM. 342
    (Beds and window.)
    (Balconies on adjoining wing.)
    VIEW FROM BALCONY
    MAIN BODY OF TESORO
    (Ocean and roofs of apartments.)
    NORTH VILLAS
    (sky and balconies on wing of neighbouring hotel.)
    SUN SETTING BEHIND PARK ROYAL HOTEL
    (Lobby and desk.)
    CHECK IN
    (Wing of lobby.)
    LOBBY TO; FOOD, BAR, POOL
    (Two people sitting at a bar.)
    AFTERNOON BAR 6PM - MIDNIGHT
    ANOTHER BAR DOWNSTAIRS IS OPEN UNTIL 3 AM
    (People at food counter.)
    SMORGASBORD - BREAKFAST AND SUPPER
    (Chefs making omelettes.)
    SPECIALTY COOKING
    (People sitting at tables.)
    MAIN INDOOR DINING
    (People and tables on veranda.)
    BALCONY DINNING
    (Paved pathway along exterior of building.)
    EXTERIOR ACCESS TO POOL AND BEACH
    (Store fronts along pathway.)
    MASSAGE - SHOPPING
    (Curved pathway in front of villas.)
    SOUTH WING OF VILLAS
    A PATHWAY FOR INEBRIATED GUESTS
    (Front of a villa.)
    (Lady sitting behind display.)
    LOCAL FAUNA AND FLORA INFORMATION
    (People in water.)
    UPPER (INFINITY) POOL
    NORTH VILLAS
    (People in water - in 2 pools.)
    UPPER AND LOWER LOOK LIKE ONE POOL
    WHY IT IS CALLED AN INFINITY POOL
    (Smaller pool.)
    LOWER POOL
    (Children and adults in adjoining pools.)
    CHILDREN'S POOL - WATER POLO IN THE UPPER POOL
    WHICH IS THE CHILDREN'S POOL?
    (Mixologist setting up.)
    POOLSIDE BAR - NOON TO 6
    (Two people riding no one chute.)
    HITCHIN' A RIDE
    (An instructor stands behind a rider.)
    (Chute descends behind beach umbrellas.)
    POOLSIDE LOUNGE
    (Beach umbrellas protect tables from the sun.)
    LUNCH IS SERVED BY THE POOL
    HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, NACHOS - NOON TO 6
    (Foot bath at top of stairs.)
    ACCESS TO THE BEACH - PLAYA PALMAR
    (Pools and front of hotel from bar.)
    (Pools and front of hotel from beach.)
    (Beach Volleyball court.)
    PANNING TO THE SOUTH
    (Neighbouring hotels.)
    (People on beach.)
    (People on beach and in water.)
    (Beach umbrellas.)
    PANNING TO THE NORTH
    (Neighbouring hotels to the North.)
    (People on beach and in the surf.)
    (Large rocks stick out of water.)
    PACIFIC OCEAN, NO, NOT ISLA IXTAPA

    MY TURN ON THE PARACHUTE

    The morning had been calm and there was a line up for the chute ride.

    Eventually, the breeze increased and, after 2 or 3 sangrias, my turn came.

    Something I had never done before and may never do again, but was well worth it.

    (Putting on a harness.)
    PUTTING ON A HARNESS
    (Waving a flag to call for a descent.)
    WAVING HIM DOWN
    (People help a rider descend.)
    CATCHING HIM AND DISCONNECTING
    (Two boats and two chutes over the water.)
    THE NEXT ONE IS GONE
    (Two riders, one chute.)
    TWO FOR ONE
    (A `V' of harness attached to a rope.)
    MY TURN, THE BOAT HEADS AWAY FROM THE ROCKS
    (The rope attaches to a boat on the water.)
    FOLLOWING THE OTHER BOAT
    (Aerial view of beach and hotels.)
    (High above beach and hotels.)
    (a small boat and lots of water.)
    HEADING BACK
    (A boat cuts across our path.)
    GET OUT OF THE WAY!
    (Aerial view of beach and our hotel.)
    (Aerial view of beach and town.)
    (Far below, a small man and a small flag.)
    IS THAT MY FLAG THERE?

    When you see the flag and hear the whistle it is time to put the camera away and pull the lines to descend.

    What a thrill!

    But over way too soon.

    Day is over time to head in for supper, or out for supper.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday they serve supper outside, depending on weather, so diners can enjoy the floor show.

    And what a floor show they put on.

    (Two lady dancers.)
    (Four dancers.)
    TWO OF THESE ACTORS ARE FACING BACKWARDS
    THEY ARE ALL DRESSED DOUBLE FACE
    (Man and lady dancing.)
    THIS IS ONE ACTOR AND A DOLL
    (6 kick dancers.)
    SIX BLACK AND WHITE COSTUMES - JOINED AT THE HIP

    Would you believe that I, I, forgot my camera every night except the last night.

    WALKING NORTH ALONG BOULEVARD IXTAPA

    (Signs saying market.)
    THE LARGE MARKET
    (Clothing hanging in market.)
    (Shoppers in market.)
    (Interior of market.)
    (Trees and boulevard)
    BEHIND THE LARGE MARKET IS A SMALLER MARKET
    (Large hotel like building.)
    PLAZA LAS FUENTES
    MORE STORES IN THE BACK OF THE PLAZA
    (Plate of large shrimp.)
    FRANK'S RESTAURANT OFFERS SUPER SIZE SHRIMP
    (Large orange building.)
    SENOR FROG'S - DISCO
    (Commercial buildings.)
    (Commercial buildings 2)
    FARMACIA - ONE OF SEVERAL
    (Plate of Guacamole.)
    BEHIND THE FARMACIA IS ANOTHER FINE RESTAURANT
    (Plate of salsa.)
    THE `BLUE SHRIMP'
    (Caesar Salad.)
    A UNIQUE STYLE FOR A CAESAR SALAD
    ALSO ORIGINAL WAS THE CAESAR AT THE ALA CARTE IN TESORO
    OF COURSE I DIDN'T HAVE MY CAMERA WITH ME
    (Full meal on a table.)
    (Six shrimp on a plate.)
    AND, OF COURSE, THEIR SPECIALTY IS SHRIMP
    (Highway intersection.)
    JUNCTION TO PLAYA LINDA
    (Interior of bus.)
    BUS TO PLAYA LINDA
    (Man about to J-walk - Lady walking on bike path.)
    THE LONGEST CICLOPISTA, BIKE PATH, IN MEXICO
    FROM PLAYA LINDA TO PLAYA PRINCIPAL
    (Front plaza.)
    A SMALL PLAZA NORTH OF TESORO
    (Twin building condo.)
    PORTO VENTA
    MY RETIREMENT HOME
    NOT MY DREAM HOME AND NOT ON THE OCEAN
    BUT THERE IS A POOL BETWEEN THE TOWERS,
    IT IS ONLY A SHORT BUS RIDE TO ZIHU
    AND IT IS WITHIN MY BUDGET

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    CLUB MED


    AT PLAYA LINDA

    I - LOBSTER
    (Me in a mirror with sunburn)
    DAY 3

    Before leaving Vancouver I received an E mail from `Club Med' inviting me to a tour of one of their hotels.

    I told them I would be in ixtapa the next week and they arranged for me to have a tour of their resort at Playa Linda.

    It was a cloudy day when I went to Club Med, for which I was thankful.

    After 3 days at Ixtapa I was burned to a crisp.

    I told everyone that my long sleeve shirt and slacks was a disguise, underneath I was a lobster.

    The bus ride from Ixtapa to Playa Linda provided a needed cooling breeze.

    The bus was so full I was wedged 1/2 in and 1/2 out of the open rear door.

    Hanging on for dear life as the bus flew around corners.

    Just like you see in the pictures of busses in India.

    Though the address for Club Med is `Boulevard Playa Linda' the resort is actually located on Playa Quieta

    (Archway and winding driveway.)
    (Porte cochère .)
    DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS
    (Multi arched entrance.)
    (Front desk.)
    CHECK IN
    (Jacinda, big smile.)
    JACINDA - MY GUIDE FOR THE TOUR
    (courtyard and fountain like seating.)<
    (Pink hallway with hanging lanterns.)
    (Looking down on outdoor dining.)
    (Beach & sail boats.)
    PLAYA QUIETA
    THE BUILDINGS ON THE HILLSIDE ARE NOT PART OF CLUB MED
    (Small tree covered island.)
    NO - NOT ISLA IXTAPA - JUST A ROCK
    (Beach, surf, palm trees.)
    (Boats, beach, wharf.)
    (Stairs leading to pool.)
    (Tables and chairs at top of stairs.)
    (Chairs around children’s pool.)
    (Chairs around main pool.)
    (Chairs around lap pool.)
    (Bar in pool area.)
    POOL SIDE BAR
    (Chairs and bed at poolside.)
    SLEEP BY THE POOL OR IN A SIMILAR COUCH, ON THE BEACH
    (Looking down on children's area.)
    (Looking down on children's park area.)
    (Tots’ wading pool.)
    BABY CLUB MED - 4 TO 23 MONTHS
    ACTIVITIES MUST BE BOOKED AHEAD OF TIME
    TO BE SURE THERE ARE ENOUGH STAFF
    ONLY TWO TOTS PER STAFF MEMBER
    (Children's slides.)
    JUNIOR CLUB MED - AGES 11 TO 17
    (Children's class room.)
    ALL STAFF MEMBERS ARE FULLY TRAINED
    (Trees trimmed like peanut butter cups.)
    (Indoor stage.)
    LIVE THEATRE - MANY OF THE STAFF MEMBERS DOUBLE AS ACTORS
    OR IS THAT ACTORS DOUBLING AS STAFF
    (Food serving area.)
    SMORGASBORD AREA
    (Indoor dining.)
    INDOOR DINING

    CLUB MED ACTIVITIES

    Most activities and basic training are included.

    However, some activities are more popular than others and instructors, and or equipment are of limited supply so one needs to book reservations.

    (Large black urn.)
    PING PONG TABLES
    (Child and instructor.)
    TIGHT ROPE WALKERS?
    (High in the sky.)
    FUTURE TRAPEZE ARTISTS?
    (Players on a court.)
    TENNIS ANYONE?
    (Kayaks on the beach.)
    KAYAKS AWAIT
    (Children on a range.)
    IF ARROW CAN DO IT, I CAN
    (Catamarans on a beach.)
    A SAILING WE WILL GO
    (Field of green with nets.)
    SOCCER - FOOTBALL
    (Ladies doing stretches.)
    JAZZERCISE?
    (Frolic in the sand.)
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL
    (Tables in a room.)
    CONVENTIONS
    (Chairs in an auditorium.)

    CLUB MED ACCOMMODATIONS

    Most rooms and suites are in separate buildings.

    Buildings are limited to 3 stories in height.

    Some areas are restricted and have their own concierge.

    (Soft coloured buildings.)
    (Cobblestone walkways.)
    (Single bed.)
    (Two single beds.)
    (Washroom with 2 sinks.)
    (Exterior hallway.)
    (Front room area.)
    ONE SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT CHOOSING THE LOCATION OF THE ROOM
    (Exterior of building.)
    THERE ARE A LOT OF STAIRS AND LONG HALLWAYS
    (Small lobby.)
    SOL OCEAN FRONT LOBBY & CONCIERGE
    (Small lounge.)
    SOL OCEAN FRONT LOUNGE
    (Single bed.)
    (Stand alone bathtub.)
    (King size bed.)
    (Bedroom.)
    (Multi story building.)
    AS A RULE BUILDINGS ARE RESTRICTED TO 3 STOREYS
    (Pleasant grounds.)
    BUILDINGS ARE SPREAD OUT OVER 27 ACRES

    ZIH

    ZIHUATANEJO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    (YVR interior.)
    ZIH - MOST PEOPLE REFER TO IT AS IXTAPA,
    BECAUSE THEY CAN'T PRONOUNCE ZIHU
    (YVR interior.)
    DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS
    (Plane - Air Transat.)
    CHECK IN
    (Plane - Air Canada.)
    SAFETY CHECK
    (Plane - Air Canada.)
    DEPARTURE GATES
    (YVR exterior.)
    NOT A VERY BIG SELECTION
    BUT BIGGER THAN THE FOOD SELECTION
    (Plane - Air Canada.)
    INTERJET - OUT OF MEXICO CITY
    (YVR exterior.)
    AIR CANADA - CELEBRATING 65 YEARS

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