Pacifica Resort Ixtapa
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... has all kinds of fish, birds, iguanas and even crocodiles to see. Bananas and papaya are growing on trees everywhere. There is an on-site mini zoo that has tigers and a large collection of macaws and cockatoos. They have a very successful breeding program and have produced over 70 tigers that have gone to other zoos and preserves. The sad part is the zoo is like too many; small cages where the tigers pace back and forth or sleep all day. ...
... Ranger (not the king cab with mini back doors like in the US.) Chevy has a unibody pickup, as does VW (think miniature El Camino.) The rest are super tiny little cars. You can choose a stick or automatic to rent. We reserved a stick for a bit of fun. We got an automatic. What can we say? It’s Mexico.
We picked up the car Sunday the twenty sixth at 0900, loaded our bags and off we went. The drive was about an hour and ...
... but stopped by for drinks on Christmas Day. After a bit of socializing we treated ourselves to another dinner at a nice restaurant. Oso’s Oyster Bar is right on the water and immediately adjacent to Eva’s. It was much cheaper and every bit as good as Eva’s. Rick had Albondigas de Pescado (fish meatballs) and Patti had the Cameron Chile Relleno (shrimp stuffed chile pepper.) Admittedly Rick’s did sound somewhat odd but it was ...
... we didn't want to anchor in the dark.We settled for the night but got distracted by the glare from the hotels.This was tourist city. The night was calm and in the morning,we missed the weather forecast as we hadn't changed our watches to local time (Pacific -2),but sailed 9nm to our chosen anchorage La Cruz,when about to anchor the wind came up from 10-20knots,we dropped the sails and chose a spot at the back of the fleet (for safety and our size),when bang ...
... have to wait it out.
If you look at that map above, you'll see 11am Sat. That is Puerto Vallarta, we are about 15 miles away on the north coast (where the yellow line intersects with the north coast of the bay). And yes, we are slightly nervous, I think most folks here are. But we are in the newest marina in the bay, and we ...
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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.
First get use to the humidity ... it was hard for us the first couple of days, but then we got use to it.
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!!
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.
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!
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.