Tourism drives the economy for the state of Guerrero—small wonder with glittering resorts like Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Acapulco gracing its beautiful stretch of the Pacific.
Tropical—read sunny and warm—with highs in the upper 80s (27º C) to high 90s (32º C) and lows from upper 60s (16º C) to high 70s (21º C).
The Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH) is busy with nonstop flights from Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix and Dallas, with seasonal flights from Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis; you can also connect via Mexico City on a quick one-hour flight.
Ixtapa’s high-rises include the 323-suite Hotel Azul Ixtapa Grand All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Convention Center, with the largest hotel convention center in the area. Its elegant facilities offer over 21,000 ft² (1,921 m²) of meeting space on two different levels, capable of accommodating up to 2,400 people in an auditorium set-up and1,500 banquet-style. They also offer the Grand Salón Ixtapa with capacity for up to 700 people, four modular rooms and a 5,300-sq.-ft. (492 m²) extension, as well as several open-air venues.
The revamped Four-Diamond Brisas Ixtapa, overlooking the beach, has a striking architecture and a spectacular sunset terrace, with 416 rooms and suites with large, private, ocean-view terraces and venues that can accommodate from 10 to 1,500 attendees. Guests have access to the Palma Real and Marina Ixtapa Golf Club, named one of the best golf courses in Mexico by Golf Digest. The Capella Ixtapa’s intimate villas of hand made clay, stone and palm fronds were carved into the cliff side using traditional Mexican masonry techniques. This award-winning resort hotel has 59 oceanfront suites with private terraces and private infinity-edge plunge pools, just what the boardroom executives ordered. Intimate groups will enjoy Mexican cooking or Margarita-making classes, as well as sunset cocktail cruises of the top-shelf kind—all can be set up with the hotel Personal Assistants. Capella Ixtapa can accommodate events with 50-150 guests; there is a meeting facility on the premises, along with a terrace, restaurants and pool areas.
Zihuatanejo is the ideal setting for boardroom retreats, with boutique gems like La Casa Que Canta, with 25 suites and intimate venues for up to 50 people, and the luxurious Viceroy Zihu atanejo Hotel & Resort, with 11 guestrooms and 35 suites, a meeting room, boardroom, bar and beachfront pavilion.
This dual destination doesn’t have a convention center, but there are plenty of interesting venues besides the hotels for small to medium groups, including the Clubhouse at the Marina Ixtapa Golf Club with space for up to 125 people, or the traditional Coconuts Restaurant & Bar, established in an old hacienda in the center of town.
Golf on two championship courses is a top draw and, with the Pacific coast at hand, sport fishing and all manner of water sports are key. A beachside lunch at Zihua’s Las Gatas beach is a must, as is a morning trip to the eco-park Refugio de Potosí just out of town for hummingbirds, wildlife and a tower with a panoramic view. Nightlife is a little rowdier in Ixtapa than it is in Zihuatanejo, but there are plenty of fun bars and restaurants to get off a little after-meeting steam.