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Ixtapa is a beach resort in the municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) to the northwest of the municipal seat, Zihuatanejo, and some 245 km (152 mi) northwest of Acapulco.
In the 2005 INEGI Census, the population of Ixtapa was 6,406.
Creation of Ixtapa
Ixtapa is a government-planned tourist resort that was begun in the early 1970s and constructed on what was once a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary.
In 1968, the Bank of Mexico created a special fund for the creation of new tourist destinations on the country's coastlines. The first two such destinations were Cancún, in the state of Quintana Roo, and Ixtapa, next to the town of Zihuatanejo. The development of Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank.
The master plan for Ixtapa was developed by architects Enrique and Agustín Landa Verdugo, who also participated in the choice of the site. Their project defined the tourist destination's street layout and zoning. The project is organized in super-blocks with irregular shapes, with the high-speed streets separating these blocks, and cul-de-sacs within them. A couple of architects were selected to build this city, some are still residents of this town. Architects like Miguel Ángel Rojas and Concepción Rivera live and work in this town. The famous Mexican Telenovela 'Marimar' was filmed here in 1994.
There are over 6000 hotel rooms in Ixtapa. Several large hotel corporations maintain properties in Ixtapa, including Meliá, NH Hoteles, and the InterContinental Hotels Group. All-inclusive resort packages are widely available. Other accommodations are the luxury boutique hotels mostly in Zihuatanejo, and small hotels and inns from 1 to 4 stars.
Ixtapa can be reached by air, bus and highway and has its own airport, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International. Flights are available from Mexico City, several provincial cities, and various places in the United States and Canada.
Airlines: Aeromexico, Click, Interjet, Air Canada, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, WestJet.
Charter Lines: Apple Vacations, Champion Air, Funjet Vacations, MLT Vacations, Ryan International, Transat Holidays, Sunwing Vacations, and others.
Bus Lines: Autovias, Costa Line, Estrella de Oro, Estrella Blanca, La Linea Plus, Parhikuni, Primera Plus, Turistar/Futura, Omnibus de Mexico and others.
- Ixtapa at the Open Directory Project
- Yo soy Ixtap Zihuaatnejo Tourist guide for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and directory non commercial.
- ixtapa-zihuatanejo.com Tourist guide for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Official website of Zihuatanejo Hotels Assoc. What to do, where to go and much more. Spanish and English.
- WhereIsIxtapa.com Where is Ixtapa?
- www.ixtapayzihuatanejo.com Guide - Spanish