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“Been here over 12 times over the years”

El Paraiso Escondido
Ranked #36 of 128 Restaurants in Ixtapa
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Great fresh seafood drinks are very large bucket of beers also Tina is great I miss her it's been too long gotta go see her from ny ny

Thank Ken V
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Reviewed May 8, 2017

OK, so this isn't our first rodeo at Isla Grande,also known as Isla Ixtapa, we've been there numerous times over the past several years and to a lot of the restaurants there. While they each have their own attributes, Paraiso Escondido is in our opinion, the best!

Getting here. OK, if you are visiting at either Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo you can take the bus, combi vans or a taxi to Playa Linda which is beyond the Isla Ixtapa area by the main road, your not traveling on dirt roads or going to be taking any risks getting here. Once at Playa Linda exit your vehicle and walk through the gauntlet of shops and vendors to the beach. Stay on the path out to the water taxi dock (taxi aquatico) and buy your ticket out to the island. It's only about 1/2 mile distant across protected waters behind the islands and if it's rough seas they don't go out. IMPORTANT, be sure you tell the operator you want to go to the furthest drop off dock (muelle) because there are two on the island. The closer one is in the larger-busier bay. Go to the second drop off, exit and follow the path around to the beach, continue up the beach at waters edge past several other restaurants until you see Paraiso Escondido or "Hidden Paradise". Go on in, find a table or lounge and make yourself at home.

Shortly you'll be attended by Tina (Tequila Tina), Paco, Frank, Francisco, Chuey or one of the other excellent and friendly staff. They are not pushy, but accommodating. Juan, the owner will be around as well, mostly overseeing but Tina and Paco have worked a combined 48 years there and know the ropes and that speaks well of how Juan treats his employees. Juan loves to entertain his guests with music and has an excellent selection, requests are appreciated!

I've seen some excellent photos of examples of the dishes their kitchen prepares so won't repeat that, but will just say the food and service is great as is evidenced by the numbers of repeat customers we meet there, even from La Ropa! We love the water there, far superior to what you'll be experiencing at either Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo beaches, typically southerly winds come up in the afternoon and the island shelters the inside bay and it typically remains nice and calm. A great swim beach as you can see. Attire is strictly "beach casual". Paraiso Escondido serves both sides of the island, the snorkel beach on the outside and inner swim beach.

The island is isolated from the mainland, there is no water, electricity, or gas there, but you can get Internet if you have data on your phone. Each restaurant has to carry it's supplies out with the staff each morning about 9:00 AM and they leave around 5:00 PM, taking everything with them. A clean up staff lives on the island and for security. They pump salt water up to wash and flush with and it is very clean, no problems. The island is also inhabited by a small assortment of animals: deer, rabbit and even an armadillo has been seen! All quite tame. In the late afternoon you can ask for vegetable scraps and go around back to feed the ones that have come in.

Paraiso Escondido, aptly named. Good food, cold drinks, great service and a view to die for!

Enjoy!

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1  Thank Dave B
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Reviewed April 2, 2017

My family (wife and daughters 8 and 12) spend the day here in late March 2017. The kids enjoyed feeding the deer and rabbits which frequent the restaurant's periphery. The hotel has access to beaches on either side of the island with one having good snorkeling and one having better swimming. We spent the day under a palapa on the snorkeling beach. We collected hermit crabs in the tide pools, saw lots of tiny crabs and even a small sea snake. I am an avid diver and snorkeler and found the snorkeling poor, it is really not much of a reef. We had lunch at the restaurant. The kids had breaded fish and breaded chicken which was excellent. My wife and I had coconut shrimp, one of our favorite dishes. The shrimp were amazing, I would highly recommend ordering them. We also had some tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa/beans.

In general we had a great experience here. I would recommend spending the day here.

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Thank Rob S
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Reviewed January 25, 2017

Paraiso restaurant serves the 2 beaches on Isla Ixtapa - Playa Varadero (swimming) and Playa Coral (snorkelling). There's a 2 minute walk to cross the island at this location. We spent the day on the Playa Varadero side, on a nice lounger, under a palapa. We ate at a table, facing the ocean which is relatively calm here. The wind did pick up in the afternoon.
We really enjoyed our breaded, fried fillet of fish served with rice, tortillas, salsa and shredded cabbage. The beer was cold; the margarita only so-so. Note: This restaurant has no bread, hence, no sandwiches. This may be the case everywhere. Remember: bread goes bad quickly in warm climate and everything is delivered by boat.
We came here following a recommendation, and we will likely return as the washrooms were rustic but clean.

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1  Thank belleamie10
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

There are restaurants side by side on Isla Ixtapa but I'm pretty sure this is the one that cooked the fish we caught and delivered it in style. It was as close to perfect a setting as you can ask for. The service was courteous and considerate and the food tasted so good. Is it just because of the setting and people? Don't know because it was just spices on rice and fish but being right on the beach surrounded by Mexican families and foreign visitors alike make it ideal.

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Thank Ahda S
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