Pacifica Resort Ixtapa
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... got off, ordered his lunch, went next door and bought a Coke, picked up his lunch and we were off. We have included a pic of the restaurant, there is barely a sign on it at all, we would never eat in a place like that. But, the driver didn't get sick, and he drove on the narrow, winding mountain roads with one hand while he ate his lunch. We got out alive, there was only one near miss when a car was passing a bus and was in our lane when we came around a curve. The driver hit the breaks ...
... yacht club, four pools, a sandy ocean beach, a shopping mall, grocery store, restaurants, bars, palapas on the beach, a hotel, condominiums, homes, a golf course, a casino, banks, a church and even a hospital. All within easy walking distance. The theme is Mayan as in the ancient Mexican natives. There are beautiful statues of Mayan natives as well as mini Mayan temple structures throughout the resort.
We were docked in the marina. ...
... seen many boats have gear failures along the way and kept knocking on wood that we have been trouble free. But now there is something wrong with our jib. The jib is the sail flown from the bow of the boat. It’s not furling (rolling) or unfurling correctly. In addition, our battery inverter/charger started acting up tonight which means we can’t charge our batteries. And lastly, our brand new, high tech LED masthead anchor light ...
... were apparently subsequently picked up and taken back (I don't think he got his liferaft back) .Our final day was tough as the strong current had set us off course during the night ,so I struggled to get us back up,when over to starboard Tony called and pointed and we saw a spectacular display of Humpbacks breaching and flipping their massive fins.This is where they swim thousands of miles from Alaska to mate and give birth.giving birth.What a welcome to the ...
... APPEARS LIKELY ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO IN THE STATES OF MICHOACAN...COLIMA...JALISCO...AND SOUTHERN NAYARIT (where Ashika is)...REGARDLESS OF THE EXACT TRACK OF THE CENTER." (FORECASTER ROBERTS)
Forecast stolen from eebmike.com, map photo from passageweather.com
Bud is a blob, a non event, a blowout, blowhard, freakin' tropical storm. Yeah!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pacifica Resort Ixtapa Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
best location on the beach. There is a little walking because it is built on a steep hillside,but not much. A gondala will take you from the beach to the front desk to the fancy resturant on top. Trucks with benches will run you everywhere else in the resort. We went to a timeshare presentation at the barcelo which was loud and crowded, the pool a human cesspool. At pacifica we never felt crowded or hurried, the infinity pools clean and relaxing. Service was great and friendly. It was so laid back that we really had to motivate to go out and explore the rest of this wonderful place.
Stayed here for my Honeymoon in November 2004
First get use to the humidity ... it was hard for us the first couple of days, but then we got use to it.
My complaint was the bed in the bedroom was rock solid. WE actually slept on the bed in the living room just slightly softer. I like hard beds, but this was way too much.
We stayed in the garden area (they wouldn't upgrade us to another room since the RCI exchange rate is not the same). The room was clean and we got use to the 5 channels on tv :-) The area was spacious, but there is no way six people can stay there with one bathroom. It took them a day to get us a remote control.
Get ready to walk! Since the hotel are villas on a hillside you need to walk to the pools and or beach or call for a shuttle bus to take you. You must be in good health, if not you will be struggling.
The front desk was very helpful and the exchange rate was fair.
The restaurant on the beach was great we got the all-inclusive package for three days. We stayed at the beach from morning to night with them bringing the food to us. I recommend the HAMBURGER! It tastes like a steak burger :-)
The beach was gorgeous and everywhere we looked security was there to make sure everything was fine. People came to sell you things, but they were never allowed on the property, beach yes, property no.
GO to EL Faro to eat. Since we had the all inclusive we were able to use it there, WHAT A BARGAIN! We probably ate over $100 worth of food and wine and that was the cost of our all inclusuve, so that day we ate breakfast and lunch for free.
I might stay here again, but at the same time it would be cool to stay at another hotel.
If you want peace and quiet Ixtapa is the place, there is no "downtown" but there are clubs in the area.
Wonderful Vacation at The Pacifica
My family and I have traveled with RCI exchanges for 20 years. This May we isited Ixtapa for the first time. We have been to several places in Mexico. Our favorite is definately Ixtapa. The people were so friendly and helpful. The neighboring town of Zihuatanejo was clean and bright. As a fishing village, they supplied scrumptious fish for the chefs at Pacifica. We were caught in Zihuatanejo by an absolute tropical downpour. The taxi drivers were very skilled in transporting us back to Iztapa through the flooded (mucho water rushing to the sea!!) streets. We enjoyed sunning, swimming, food and drinks at the resort, restaurants in town (particulaly Mama & Deborah's in Ixt and La Perla in Zih) and snorkeling. I can't say enough about the friendly people at The Pacifica, both staff and fellow vacationers. What a wonderful, relaxing family vacation! We will be back!!
Keep coming back for more
My family purchased a time share unit at Pacifica in 1990 when Ixtapa/Zih was still a sleepy little town with lots of potential. Since then, it has grown but not so much that it is like Cancun or other over-commercialized cities around Mexico. The city of Ixtapa has a moritorium that requires them to keep below a certain number of hotel rooms to keep the city from becomming over-commercialized.
If you want a true taste of Mexico, the kind without any McDonald's restaurants or Starbucks on every corner this is the place for you. The town is small enough to explore and have things to do, especially if you venture into the neighboring town of Zihuatenejo. If you crave sun, beach, friendly people, a safe beautiful place to stay, then the Pacifica will be perfect. I love it more each year that I stay there.
Great Get Away
I highly recommend this RCI Resort...If you get a chance to exchange there definitely go for it. The one bedrooms are very nice, we had a golf course view and it was really spectacular. The service is great the prices of food and beverages are excellent and the quality is good. We had the pleasure of watching dolphins play in the ocean while we had breakfast by the beach club. They just recently put in a new infinity pool which is really nice and the activities are also good. Make sure that you take a ride in the ttram which takes you up the hill to the villas or you can take the transport up and down. the El Faro restaurant is a "Do Not Miss". We were never bothered about taking a timeshare presentation, on any of our stays her. Its a big hit with our family.
The Pacifica is a very pleasant place to stay. The staff was friendly and helpful. Lots of activities for children. Clean rooms with beautiful views. But there was something about the place that just didn't cut it for me. I think it was that I felt it was trying to be a high end resort, but they just couldn't pull it off. The only thing I was truly disappointed by was the beach club restaurant. The food was lacking, the buffets all tasted the same (including the oriental buffet). On a more positive note, the expensive restaurant on the top of the hill was excellent.
Excellent first time stay........
My husband & I had an excellent time at the Pacifica. It was our first time in Mexico and enjoyed our stay. Our rooms were very clean and the maid service was great.There does seem to be a lot of up hill walking to get to the gondola but the staff and the other activites over shadowed those steep walks. The flea market and the open restaurants in town were within walking distance that we went to. We found that the Pacifica Club and Frank's Bar & Grill in town had the best food. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to have a lot of fun in the sun . Thanks Pacifica for a wonderful vacation.
The most beautiful place ever!
This year was my first time in Ixtapa. I stayed at Pacifica! It was the most beautiful view from my room. The pool activities were awesome and lots of fun! I am really happy I stayed at Pacifica! I enjoyed it and I WILL be back next year!
Best weather & view in Mexico
Ixtapa is perhaps the most scenic beach in mexico, with the mountains coming down to the coast as in California. The most famous photo of the beach is taken from Pacifica Club resort. The landscaping is amazing.
The units are timeshares with lock off hotel rooms. They are located on the side of the "mountain," several units to each building. Some have views of the beach, others of the golf course.
Unit furnishings rate a 3 of 5 for American timeshares and 4 of 5 for Mexican, as the appliances and television are bit sub par. The hand work is excellent, especially older units with marble floors.
A Swiss gondola takes you up and down. Exercisers can walk the 100 to 300 steps. There's a nice beach club with pool and al fresco restaurant at the bottom of the gondola.
The surf is moderate at the beach club and becomes a bit larger as you walk the beach. Very good for body surfing or boogie boarding. Water is always over 80 degrees as is air temperature, unlike Cancun and Caribbean resorts.
An expensive open air restaurant is at the top of the gondola, and there is a decent mini-market on site. The resort is a gated community. You can walk the beach a quarter to half a mile to other hotels and shopping. Or take free shuttle, or a cab for a couple of bucks.
About half of Pacifica's clientele are well heeled families from Mexico City, with Americans and Candians coming from the west coast mainly.
Ixtapa is a planned Fonatur resort like Cancun but remains much more intimate and walkable. The rest of lodging on the oceanfront is in high rises.
Take the Good with the Bad...
The Pacifica Resort is the kind of place that begs you to love it, but for some reason, you just can't bring yourself to make that big commitment.
It's got a fabulously scenic setting on a hill that looks over the bay and that offers a stunning view of the long expansive beach along Ixtapa's main drag, dotted with modern white high-rise hotels.
Pacifica has a beautiful stretch of beach, has a nice pool with a swim-up bar and plenty of water activities for all ages (water aerobics, kids programs, etc.)
A cable car can whisk you to the top of the bluff where the hotel has a truly oustanding restaurant and the best sunset view anywhere in Ixtapa. The food is to die for, and the extensive breakfast buffet is the envy of Ixtapa.
On the minus side, the hilly terrain means you're always hiking or you're waiting for the hotel shuttle trucks (F-150s with bench seats in back). The location is inconvenient to downtown Ixtapa and you have to take a taxi to get anywhere. Maintenance is sometimes sketchy--my TV didn't work the whole week I was there.
Still. A generally good experience, and I'd consider the Pacifica again if the price were right...