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“A fun retreat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)

Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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Ixtapa Shore Excursion: Ixtapa Island Adventure
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Ixtapa
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Since its development in 1970, this island has become a man-made paradise and wildlife reserve.
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“A fun retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you are going to be in Ixtapa for awhile consider this side trip. My wife and I have bikes here and we ride the bike path from Ixtapa to Playa Linda. After we lock up the bikes we take a water ferry to Ixtapa Island for some snorkeling. It's not Maui when it comes to marine life, but it's not bad for around here.

We usually stake out a spot by one of the many restaurants right on the beach. In fact, you can't avoid them as waiters from the various beach cantinas solicit your attention with hopes you will buy a dinner or at least a beer or two (which we normally do). We hear that the fish is excellent, but we usually don't eat there or if we do, just a snack.

Visited December 2012
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“Great snorkelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Take the local bus to Playa Linda and then the water taxi over to Ixtapa Island . The snorkelling beach is straight thru from the beach you land at. Rent at the beach restaurant, water is clear and warm wih lots of fish. lots of lose coral when you first get in.

Visited December 2012
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“Fun change of scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

It's a narrow beach, but beautiful water and views. Snorkeling was good, and the food excellent! Fish cooked over an open fire, perfectly done.

Visited November 2012
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“Great Place to Cool Off”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We took the bus from Zihua to Playa Linda past Ixtapa for a whopping 10 pesos each. BUT the bus driver passed a watering truck on the right and squeezed by him by just a few inches and then our bus driver was pulled over by the police, which is NOT a good thing, especially when it adds at least 20 minutes to your bus ride.
After all that commotion and getting the bus restarted, we headed out again in the broiling heat.
We got off the bus at Playa Linda and saw the crocodiles, lizards and iguanas all behind fences. Then we walked down to the Pier and walked out to catch the little boats that go out to the island called Isla Ixtapa. It cost 40 pesos for the round trip and of course, when you got to the island's beach and were helped out of the boat, you were asked for a few pesos as a tip. I did succumb the first time, but on the way back, I just ignored the request. I had already paid for the ride and didn't need that much help getting out of the boat. REALLY ??
We were told to go to the restaurant called Indio, which we did, after discovering the owner was sitting across from us in the little boat. She showed us to her restaurant and we were there for the day. I would suggest trying another place as all of the 7 or 8 places were very busy. I was overcharged for my tiny glass of juice at 60 pesos. It should have been 20 at the most. But the chicken fajitas were excellent. So if you go to Indio's don't order a juice. They were very nice people there and so any restaurant is fine.
The swimming was fun and the water very refreshing. Wear water shoes though as there were large rocks and sharp shells to avoid. Next to the Indio restaurant, they had all kinds of water toys for rent. We saw jet skis, kayaks, etc. and I would imagine they were all at reasonable rates.
If you wanted to snorkel, you could just walk up over and behind the restaurant to the other side of the island where there was another beach with huge coral reefs. It was so shallow though that we did not venture out so as to not get cut up by the coral, which can be a nasty problem.
You can rent snorkeling gear and go for it if you are so inclined.
I highly recommend this for a day trip, but try to go during the week, as weekends, when we went are extremely busy. And if you have a cooler, take your own beer and snacks.

Visited December 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Take boat over from Playa Linda for 40 pesos. I prefer the back side of island as the ocean side has too much coral. Favorite restaurant is ESCONDIDO which is next to last on beach. Tina, one of waitresses has been there for 24 years and the service and food are more than acceptable. No electricity so everything is cooked/grilled over open flame, super. Beer is cold and food is very good. Lemonade is also very refreshing. This side of island is better for nice calm water and swimming. Can walk over behind the restaurant about 100 yards and on the front/ocean side of island which has great snorkeling and lots of fish but navigating the rocks and coral can be a bit tricky. Last boat departs back to Playa Linda around 5 PM.

Visited December 2012
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