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El Palmar Beach

Swim, Jet Ski and dance barefoot at one of the most popular beaches in Ixtapa, which was once the site of a mango and coconut plantation.

Ixtapa’s famous El Palmar Beach is a picture-perfect mix of seemingly endless yellow sand, clear blue water and luxury resorts. Head to El Palmar Beach to play on the sand, skim across the waves on a Jet Ski or enjoy a massage from a trained masseuse. If the crowds on the beach become too much, escape to the condos, resorts and restaurants that line the sand.

The area was once a coconut and mango plantation. Today, the only mangoes you’ll find are in your cocktail. Coconut palms, however, still line the foreshore. Cool off with a swim in the calm waters near the resorts. The waves at the south end of the beach are perfect for surfing. 

El Palmar Beach is a great destination for watersports. Rent a Jet Ski from the vendors on the foreshore and bounce across the surface of the Pacific Ocean. See the water from a different perspective as you’re pulled by a boat on a wakeboard or suspended from a parasail. 

Feel your body relax as you enjoy a full body massage at the massage huts on the beach’s northern end. For something livelier, check out the daily crocodile show at the Pacifica Resort on the south end of the beach. 

Make your way to one of the many bars and restaurants scattered among the resorts for a traditional Mexican lunch. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a bowl of iguana soup, a local specialty. Most opt for seafood, which is fresh and served in local spices. 

In the evening, large crowds descend on the beach creating a lively atmosphere. Secure a spot on the sand to watch the sunset. After the sun goes down, make your way to one of the beach bars and nightclubs in the resort precinct.

El Palmar Beach can be reached by car, bus or taxi from Ixtapa. Many of the resorts offer private parking facilities. Ixtapa has warm, sunny weather for most of the year.


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Hotel Emporio Ixtapa £46
Hotel Emporio Ixtapa

Hotel Emporio Ixtapa

Boulevard Ixtapa S.n., Ixtapa, GRO
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of El Palmar Beach and Marina Ixtapa. Zihuatanejo Bay and La Madera Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Krystal Ixtapa £92
    Krystal Ixtapa

    Krystal Ixtapa

    Boulevard Ixtapa S/N, Lote 4 y 4 A, Ixta Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, GRO
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Delfiniti and El Palmar Beach. Marina Ixtapa and Magic World Aquapark are also within 15 minutes.

      Tesoro Ixtapa All Inclusive £96
      Tesoro Ixtapa All Inclusive

      Tesoro Ixtapa All Inclusive

      Boulevard Ixtapa S/N Lote 5, Zona Hotelera I, Ixtapa, GRO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Delfiniti and El Palmar Beach. Marina Ixtapa and Magic World Aquapark are also within 15 minutes.

        Posada Real Ixtapa £61
        Posada Real Ixtapa

        Posada Real Ixtapa

        Boulevard Ixtapa S/N Zona Hotelera, Ixtapa, GRO
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa hotel is just steps away from Delfiniti and El Palmar Beach. Marina Ixtapa and Magic World Aquapark are also within 15 minutes.

          Las Brisas Ixtapa £81
          Las Brisas Ixtapa

          Las Brisas Ixtapa

          Playa Vista Hermosa, Po Box 97, Ixtapa, GRO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Vista Hermosa Beach and El Palmar Beach. Ixtapa Golf Course and Magic World Aquapark are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Park Royal Beach Ixtapa £164
            Park Royal Beach Ixtapa

            Park Royal Beach Ixtapa

            Blvd. Ixtapa, Lot 5-A Hotel Zone S / N, Ixtapa, GRO
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Delfiniti and El Palmar Beach. Marina Ixtapa and Magic World Aquapark are also within 15 minutes.

              Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All Inclusive £117
              Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All Inclusive

              Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All Inclusive

              Boulevard Ixtapa, Lote 2, Playa El Palmar Ixtapa, Ixtapa, GRO
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magic World Aquapark and El Palmar Beach. Ixtapa Golf Course and Delfiniti are also within 15 minutes.

                Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa £132
                Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa

                Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa

                Paseo Punta Ixtapa, Lote 2, Zona Hotelera II, Ixtapa, GRO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within a 10-minute walk of Cocodrilario and Linda Beach. Cuachalalate Beach and Coral Beach are also within 10 minutes.