activities & attractions

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

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.

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 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 on how to prepare some of 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 a connection between players and the surrounding 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. It is a 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.

Cruises & Sailing

Due to our location along the Pacific Coast, the Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistants can organize an unforgettable nautical experience. Be it a romantic cruise along the ocean or an exhilarating sailing adventure, we aim to turn your dream Ixtapa sailing vacation into reality.

Charter a boat to go scuba diving and snorkeling in a watery wonderland of reefs, or 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 property. Transportation, snacks, and domestic open bar are included for $73 USD per person.

Contact your Personal Assistant today to schedule this amazing experience.

Deep Sea Fishing

Go past the barrier reef and 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 to land a catch. Back at the resort, our culinary team will prepare it according to your direction. If you wish, our Executive Chef will share the secrets of preparing a legendary seafood feast.

Horseback Riding in Playa Larga

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

We will arrange the ideal experience suitable 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 country's 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 select stores throughout Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

Your guide will make sure you visit some of the most interesting shops and give you expert advise on where, how, and at what price to purchase. 

Duration: 2 hours

Traditional Mexico

The purpose of this outing is twofold: to get a little bit of insight into the Mexican countryside, customs, and traditions and enjoy a relaxing few hours at a great beach and lagoon. Beginning the excursion with a 20-minute drive to our neighboring city, Petatlán, along a scenic route, heading 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," so a visit to the church is also part of the tour. On the way back to Ixtapa, you will 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, wildlife, and bird sanctuary. Enjoy fresh lobster or other seafood at exceptional prices and take 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.

Next, board water taxis to get to Ixtapa Island, where you and your guide will stay for three hours at a restaurant by the beach. During that time, do some ocean kayaking and snorkel around a coral reef. We will provide you with a light picnic lunch and refreshments at 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 biking, kayaking, and snorkeling adventurers. As always, your safety and enjoyment are 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 that showcases a 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 in your decision making.

Duration: 2 hours

Margarita Class

Named after a truly beautiful and talented actress, "Margarita" is the name of one of the most popular and favorite cocktails of all time. Enjoy an afternoon in the company of our Mixologist, who will share with you the secrets to the best margaritas in Zihuatanejo.

The art of crating the perfect margarita depends on using only the freshest ingredients, the best liquors, and best preparation technique. This favorite cocktail represents the fine features of tequila and the wonders of creativity.

Please ask your Personal Assistant for availability to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Holiday Program

Capella Ixtapa invites you to enjoy the holidays with a set of traditional activities that you can experience in the hotel premises as well as in the surrounding areas.

See Holiday Program