Ixtapa beach resorts

activities & attractions

With all of the benefits of a planned resort stay, Capella Ixtapa offers a wealth of Ixtapa, Mexico resort activities and adventures for an unforgettable vacation.

Explore the ocean and experience the annual whale migration. Relax on the pristine beach, Playa el Palmar or take in a game of golf. Arrange a private dinner or sail around Ixtapa in style.

From dining and shopping, to easy exploration of the natural environment, Capella Ixtapa puts you at the center of a private, inviting world. Just contact your personal assistant to discover it all on your Ixtapa, Mexico resort vacation.

Romantic Getaways

The dramatic cliffs and awe-inspiring ocean vistas of Ixtapa, Mexico have long made this a romantic getaway destination for couples. Capella Ixtapa invites couples to experience an exotic world of private villas, crystal blue waters and an intimately private cliffside location.

Our professional staff, including your own Personal Assistant, ensures that you have every wish fulfilled, including privacy to enjoy your romantic vacation in Mexico. Every day in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo presents new experiences to share with your partner.

At Capella Ixtapa, we specialize in romance, and are able to customize any of our enchanting activities to suit a couple’s preferences and needs.

We specialize in romantic four course dinners prepared by Executive Chef Rivera to be enjoyed while watching the sunset on our Ocean Deck with the Pacific’s waters two yards away. We can also create a romantic meal experience on your suite’s terrace or the Sky High yoga deck for a more intimate experience.

The activities touched on here are only a taste of the numerous possibilities that await you and your loved ones at Capella Ixtapa. Contact us, and let us customize your family’s perfect getaway today.

Cooking Classes

Capella Ixtapa offers a truly unique and personal way to fully experience Mexican cuisine.

Our professional chef will set up an experience just for you. Starting with a trip to the market, you and the chef will pick out the fresh, local ingredients to prepare your traditional Mexican dish. At the market, the chef will provide the history on the food and the background on where your ingredients originate.

Once you return to the hotel, our chef beautifully arranges your newly purchased ingredients in the kitchen in order to provide the optimal environment for teaching you how to prepare the tantalizing dishes and international cocktails served in our gourmet restaurants.

This is truly a one of a kind experience to delve into the history and traditions of Mexican cooking. Classes are limited to two people in order to provide the most hands on and personal experience possible.


Designed to seamlessly blend in with Zihuatanejo's natural landscape, area golf courses near Capella Ixtapa foster closeness between the players and nature.

The Palma Real Golf Course, an original Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, is a par 72 golf course that is equally challenging and naturally idyllic, dotted with natural lakes and lagoons, situated alongside the Pacific coastline. The Palma Real sits on an old coconut plantation, surrounded by indigenous wildlife and tropical vegetation.

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club showcases a Robert von Hagge, par 72 dunes style golf course that challenges golfers with plenty of sand traps, hazards and canals.

Your Personal Assistant can work with you to create a challenging and rewarding outing during your Ixtapa golf vacation.


For our guests who want to keep up their exercise regimen while on vacation, Capella Ixtapa offers a host of treatments, classes, and even a room where guests can be personally trained at our luxury spa resort in Mexico.

Our Ocean View yoga deck is the perfect backdrop to begin your day peacefully. Private sessions can be arranged with certified yoga instructors or personal trainers to meet your fitness needs.

Or head to our gym for a more rigorous workout. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, the gym is open to all of our guests to use at their leisure. Best of all, spectacular views of the Ocean make your workout at our wellness spa anything but routine.


For your Mexico spa vacation, our luxury spa in Ixtapa takes full advantage of Ixtapa's legendary powers of rejuvenation.

Both outdoor and indoor treatment areas at Capella Ixtapa make use of locally inspired therapies, all steps away from the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. From native herbs to signature specialties, our spa resort in Mexico is an experience in a class all its own.


From our plunge pools, to the azure water of the Pacific Ocean itself, Capella Ixtapa provides our guests with plenty of ways to cool off on their Ixtapa swimming vacation.

Swim right up to the edge in our freshwater, infinity pools. Our main pool is sized perfectly for those looking to keep up their fitness regime with laps and the beach cove is steps away from every room, beckoning your exploration.

Cruises & Sailing

Due to our location along the Pacific Coast, the Capella Ixtapa personal assistants can organize an unforgettable romantic cruise along the ocean or a sailing adventure that will make your ideal Ixtapa sailing vacation a reality.

You can charter a boat to go scuba diving and snorkeling in a watery wonderland of reefs. Or, we can arrange an evening under the stars on a Zihuatanejo cruise that uses the land as a backdrop for intrigue and romance.

Magical Sunset Tour

This romantic cruise takes you for a sail around the bay of Zihuatanejo and out into the ocean to enjoy the sunset with a grand view of the hotel zone of Ixtapa. Keep your eyes open for the green flash! Transportation, snacks, and domestic open bar included $73 usd per person.

Contact your personal assistant today to schedule this amazing experience.

Outdoor Adventures

There's a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy near this Ixtapa resort. Gorgeous, scenic paths slice through the mountains, leading to an apex that takes in the surrounding region.

Right next to Capella Ixtapa is a vast natural preservation area, teeming with wildlife, flora and fauna. In addition, there are private excursions into the nearby rivers, mountains and forests that are available. Schedule a crocodile watching adventure or go on a cycling tour of the region.

Contact your personal assistant to make tour arrangements

Water Experiences

Being right on the Pacific Ocean affords guests at Capella Ixtapa the unprecedented opportunity to explore the marine world as never before.  Coral reefs, exotic fish and colorful sea life abound. You will see why marine life in Mexico is second to none.

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Within the warm crystal waters of Ixtapa, a myriad of exotic and colorful marine life awaits. We will arrange for the area’s best PADI diving instructor to teach you and your family to dive or, if you are a certified diver, lead you on an exhilarating underwater excursion.
  • Deep Sea Fishing: We provide an experienced professional crew to test your mettle on the open sea and land a catch. Back at the resort, our culinary team will prepare it to your taste. If you wish, our Executive Chef will share the secrets of preparing a legendary seafood feast.
  • Kayak Rentals: Rent a kayak and discover hidden private coves to make your own around our beautiful beaches.
  • Surfing: Professional surf instructors can guide you in this exhilarating sport on El Palmar, one of the cleanest beaches in Mexico. The temperate waters of the Pacific are the perfect place to try a new sport or revisit a favorite activity.

Contact your personal assistant to make your arrangements today.

Deep Sea Fishing

Go past the barrier reef and out into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Here, our guests can charter a journey for that evening's catch. Mexico deep sea fishing excursions take the accomplished sportsman into an environment that is as much paradise as it is invigorating.

We provide an experienced professional crew to test your mettle on the open sea and land a catch. Back at the resort, our culinary team will prepare it to your taste. If you wish, our Executive Chef will share the secrets of preparing a legendary seafood feast.

Horse Back Riding in Playa Larga

Another way you can experience the breathtaking Pacific views and luxuriant native flora is from atop a tame horse with one of our professional horseback riding guides. Ride along the beach at Playa Larga or trot along picturesque countryside trails throughout our mountain ranch tour.

We will arrange the ideal experience for your skill level.

Arts, Crafts and Shopping Orientation

Mexico's artists are famous for their ingenuity and unique sense of form and color. In many cases, the appreciation of the countries natural beauty and the sometimes very intricate sense of humor is playfully integrated into works of art. A great variety of regional crafts is to be found in selected stores in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

Your guide will make sure you are introduced to some of the most interesting shops and give you expert advise on where, how and at what price to purchase. We wish to prepare the guide and make sure you will see the stores and galleries which interest you most. Therefore, and if you consider it to be useful, you may fill us in a day before the tour regarding your preferences.

Duration: 2 hours

Traditional Mexico

The purpose of this outing is twofold: to get a little bit of insight into the old Mexican ways, the countryside, customs and traditions and enjoy a relaxing few hours at a great beach and lagoon. We start the excursion with a 20 minute drive to our neighbor city, Petatlán, along the scenic road, leaving Zihuatanejo southbound towards Acapulco. On the way, your tour guide will explain the history, cultural and anthropological background of the region and stop at a local bakery, where you may observe the old fashioned way of preparing fresh coconut bread.

The tour of Petatlán includes the market with the different Mexican spices and chiles, cactus and herbal medicines and the opportunity to buy gold at very reasonable prices. Because the people of the state of Guerrero link many miracles to the "Cristo de Petatlan", the visit to this church is also part of the tour. On the way back to Ixtapa we spend a couple of hours at the original fishing village of "Barra de Potosi", where you may swim, explore and take magnificent pictures of the lagoon, the wildlife and bird sanctuary. Enjoy fresh lobster or other seafood at exceptional prices and participate in a boat trip through the lagoon.

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Adventure on the Island

We have arranged for you transportation to the meeting point in Ixtapa hotel zone, where you will be met by the Adventures staff.  Choose your bicycle and depart on the marked path towards playa Linda, passing through the beautiful ecological reserve.

Then we board water taxis to get to Ixtapa Island, where we will stay for 3 hours at a restaurant by the beach. During that time we will do some ocean kayaking for an hour, and then snorkel for another hour, admiring the beauty of a coral reef. We will provide you with a light picnic lunch and refreshments at the Ixtapa Island before coming back to Playa Linda to take the bike back to starting point.  (4 miles).

Depending on the season, you might be able to observe some exceptional wildlife and exotic birds, including flamingos, crocodiles and sea turtles.  Our experienced bilingual guides provide entertaining and informative ecological tours for people of all ages and experience levels. They will show you the best of the abundant natural beauty that Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on the Costa Grande of Guerrero, Mexico has to offer.

We provide quality, well-maintained gear for all our biking; kayaking, snorkeling, your safety and enjoyment are always our primary concern.

Twice as Pleasing - Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Orientation Tour

Blending into the lush green backdrop of the Sierra Madre, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo lies along a hilly tropical coastline and is surrounded by dozens of white sandy beaches. We are fortunate to live in a paradise that blends two very unique destinations into one. Though the two areas are quite different in habitat and style, they still share that same wonderful sense of Mexican hospitality. Ixtapa, the modern, master planned resort with perfectly maintained landscaping, vanguard architectural design and services, a luxurious Marina with yachts from all parts of the world, exclusive residential areas, boutiques and two 18-hole, designer golf courses. Zihuatanejo, the traditional fishing village, hiding place for pirates and adventurers throughout history, with the folklore and charm of an old Mexican coastal town, it's harbor, market, town square, beaches and main street.

This orientation tour offers a general overview of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and the immediate surroundings. Your guide will point out to you some great restaurants, stores and places of interest. If you plan to participate in other organized tours or want to do some exploring on your own, the impressions and insights will help you to make up your mind.

Duration: 2 hours

Seasonal Activities

Spring- Enjoy exotic wildlife and a lush tropical paradise on Isla Ixtapa

Summer- Relax on the pristine beach, Playa el Palmar, a former coconut and mango plantation

Fall- Visit the Mercado de Artesanias in Zihuatanejo and stroll among the arts and crafts of local artisans in the open-air setting.

Winter- Experience the annual whale migration and enjoy great whale-watching opportunities.

Ocean Pool