I travel to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo every year. There is a "drainage" canal that comes from the city of Zihuatanejo and goes into the ocean on this beach. The canal carries sewage and other substances into the sea. When it rains, the canal is very full of things. I will not go swimming in that area of the Zihuatanejo bay and I'd advise others not to. However, to the north of this drainage canal, a row of restaurants begins on "Fisherman's Walk". The restaurants are all very nice with some that are exceptional. I tend to end up at "Daniel's" quite often - very good food (prices just a bit higher than other restaurants with that quality of food - but the location is worth it!). Daniel's is located near the basketball courts, and on Sundays the courts are a gathering place for the locals - it is very pleasant to check out that scene! Actually, any of the restaurants there are very nice. You will find restaurants all over the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo area, but this stretch is especially nice. The local fish market is also located in this area. Continue past the walk, past the pier, and you'll come to the "flea market" - a large cluster of gift shops. If you like to shop around, browse and negotiate prices, this is the place for you! So, other than swimming, this is a good area! I had to knock off a point in my rating because of the swimming business. The sea does wash away the substances every day, there isn't any unpleasant odor once you are away from the canal.
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