As someone who reads the forum for advice and is coming to Ixtapa for the first time in May with my husband, I just want to thank all the forum advisors/experts who are not hating on Ixtapa. It seems there is a definite (with some) attitude of snobbery towards Ixtapa vs. Zih. which is kind of sad for a first-timer. But, I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. I understand some people want personal opinions, but it would be nice to state the facts that each place has to offer instead of bashing one or the other.
We own a timeshare and basically most resorts to trade to are located in Ixtapa and not Zih. Does it really matter? I understand it's a smaller planned tourist area like Cancun (there is a lot of places in Mexico like that) and as someone stated "has no soul", but I mean it looks pretty to me...how bad can mountains and beach/ocean be?
I plan on seeing both areas while I'm there and look forward to relaxing on the beach with a cerveza (or 3), and just enjoying the beauty and people of the area whether it's Ixtapa or Zih. BTW, I have been from the Riviera Maya to Mazatlan and Cabo, and Guanajuato to Merida. I feel ALL of Mexico has something great to offer even if these places are not "authentic" according to some.
But THANK YOU to the objective advisors on the forum, it's very helpful. And thank you to the ones who are not snippy when someone asks a "dumb" question.