Picante
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MAGICAL SUNSET CRUISE: This romantic cruise aboard the Picante catamaran takes you for a sail around the bay of Zihuatanejo, past the caves of Majahua and then along hotel zone of Ixtapa. View the blowhole in the twin island volcanic outcroppings canopied with soaring frigate & booby birds. Keep your eyes open for the green flash! A great way to highlight your vacation! Includes open bar, appetizers, and transportation to and from your hotel in Ixtapa.
Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico

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setter_11
Winnipeg, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Went to Ixtapa and did the snorkel boat tour and it was amazing with our group of 6. The staff are so friendly and helpful the whole time. They tried so hard to get the spinnaker working for everyone however the wind wouldn’t cooperate so they switched it up and offered us the netting behind the boat. Food was excellent, drinks were plentiful and music was good! Highly recommended.
Written February 24, 2020
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Hola, Setter_11! Thank you for taking time to post your review, and for your understanding that as much as we would love to, we simply cannot control the wind... Our crew does work hard to ensure everyone has a great time, no matter what the wind decides! We hope to see you on board sailing with us again soon! Best Regards to You and Yours, The Picante Crew
Written February 26, 2020
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RedDiesel44
Kitchener, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We decided to take the Sunset Cruise after some recommendations of some other hotel guests.
As a group of 5, we had an excellent time. It was very organized and there were plenty of staff. It was wonderful to see the coast from the ocean.
The light supper was very tasty and the staff were very friendly and continued to ensure our drinks were adequately full.
The bus transportation was full size and air conditioned.
Well done!
Written January 29, 2020
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Hola Reddiesel44! Thank you for taking time to post your review! We very much appreciate it, and hope to see you back on board Picante soon! Best Regards to You and Yours, The Picante Crew
Written January 30, 2020
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Mike B
Leduc, Canada202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I booked this tour thru Sunwing Vacations ( Magical Sunset Cruise). The crew of the Picante were amazingly fun and provided a great service and tour. Our tour package included drinks and a meal, transportation from and back to our hotel in Ixtapa. Total length of the tour 4hrs, 2.5hrs spent on the water. We sailed on a fairly calm sea. The crew was very knowledgeable of the local area and history. Drinks and our meal were good. Such an enjoyable way to spend the last night of our vacation. We saw a Humpback whale with her calf. We sailed fm Zihautanejo harbour out past the Hotel strip in Ixtapa and back to Zihautanejo.
Written February 10, 2020
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Hola Mike B! Thank you for your review! We appreciate your kind words, and we hope to see you on board when you return to our shores- hopefully many times for both! Best Regards to You and Yours, The Picante Crew
Written February 26, 2020
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Wayne B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If I wasn't heading home today, I would go again. Good size cat, lots of room to move around. Lively crew, very entertaining, and service oriented. Mix of music, drinks aplenty (if you are so inclined), a very decent dinner, wind, waves, and a gorgeous sunset! By far the very best tour we have been on this week! Just one note for those who might get queazy...it is a big ocean out there, and it is not always smooth. But we love that sort of stuff!!
Written February 13, 2020
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Hola Wayne B! Thank you for taking time to write a review! We appreciate your words, and our crew thanks you for acknowledging their hard work! We hope to see you on board again soon! Best Regards to You and Yours, The Picante Crew
Written February 26, 2020
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Softball_nut
Summerland, Canada266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Such a beautiful trip. Crew were very good, very attentive with the drinks. Very patient, even with the couple that drank nonstop. Guy must have had 12 beers, we were just waiting for him to go overboard. Picked up in nice air conditioned bus, kudos to the driver for negotiating that narrow road to the dock. Nice size catamaran, thought I’d was gonna be overcrowded but sitting or reclining on the trampoline was perfect for my sore back. Crew were great keeping drinks flowing and providing commentary on the sights. Saw whales out around the islands. Decent meal of chicken and veggie skewers. Pretty good value, highly recommended.
Written February 29, 2020
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Hola Softball nut! Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Indeed, some people can handle quite a few beers without a problem; our crew is always on top of things to make sure that no person is a danger to themselves or others. They watch carefully; safety first! We hope you return sailing with us next year! Best Regards to You and Yours, The Picante Crew
Written April 1, 2020
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Maggi
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We did two trips on the Picante during our recent stay in Zihuatanejo - Whale Watching and Snorkeling/Spinnaker. The trips were a highlight of our vacation! We can’t say enough about the enthusiastic, fun crew. They go above and beyond to make sure your experience is top notch. If you like adventure, the Spinnaker flying is unbelievable and an experience not to be missed!
Written February 24, 2020
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Hola Maggi 5376! Thank you for that glowing review! It is always wonderful to have repeat sailors- and we hope you return many, many times on board with us! Best Regards to You and Yours, The Picante Crew
Written February 26, 2020
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Wendy K
Seattle, WA503 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Going on a group outing like this not usually our thing. But we wanted to get out in the bay on a boat. The time spent under sail on the catamaran was definitely a highlight. 45 minutes of snorkeling was a bust, although not Picante’s fault. Water was cloudy and cool, and virtually no fish. Staff on the boat were friendly, competent and efficient. We had a relatively small group, which was a plus. Lunch: ham and cheese sliders, salad, chips, salsa, guacamole and fresh fruit, was plentiful. In our early 70’s, with our big drinking days behind us, we could not begin to do justice to all the alcohol available. I think we were the oldest folks on board, but no one got obnoxiously drunk, which is always a risk!
Written April 19, 2024
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Grace S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The picante whale excursion was fabulous. We spotted a baby whale with its momma and two other adult whales. Loved swimming in the bay before we docked. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Catamaran was heavy so pretty smooth ride. I normally get see sick but was fine!
Written February 11, 2023
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IcicleCreek
United States166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
For years we watched the Picante on its sunset cruise from our place at Las Brisas. This year, we decided to get on board and experience the cruise ourselves. As others have said, the crew was fun and informative, there were plenty of drinks (but it definitely was not a “booze cruise”), and the catamaran was roomy and took the ocean well. It was nice to be picked up at our hotel. A bonus was watching a whale repeatedly breach close-by. The sunset from the water was gorgeous. Would highly recommend.
Written March 21, 2022
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Laura J
Gainesville, FL18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
While this was a bit of a booze cruise, it is still an amazing trip and something everyone visiting Zihuat/Ixtapa must do! Our hotel (Capella Ixtapa) reserved our space on the boat, and a charter bus picked us up at our hotel. After stopping at other hotels, we went to the Zihuat Marina to board the big, beautiful catamaran. I would have never known how gorgeous Zihaut was had we not gone on this sunset cruise - the whole town is built up the hillside surrounding the bay... stunning by day, even more beautiful by night. The free drinks are nice, but we skipped out on the food. It was a mixed crowd - some families even, so it's okay for kids too. I could have done without a few of the song selections and I definitely could have done without the tequlia shot whistle time (but that only lasted a couple of minutes, and some people are into that), but for the value, it was totally worth it. The boat is great (bring a towel - you won't get wet, but it would have been a little more comfortable had we brought one) and the captain gives a nice tour. The rock formations are TOO cool!! We were completely blown away (not pun intended, as they best part of the trip is the blow hole!) by how gorgeous the land and sea are.

And when the cruise is over, do not go back to your hotel! Go into the lovely town of Zihuat and enjoy dinner! La Perla has tables in the sand on the white, sandy beach and we dined by candlelight. On our way down the beach to The Tides to have a nightcap at their gorgeous bar, we saw a nest of sea turtles hatch!!
Written October 24, 2010
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