activities & attractions

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

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 resort 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 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.

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.

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

Margarita Class

Margarita is the name of a truly beautiful and talented actress it is also the name of one of the most popular and favorite cocktails of all time, Enjoy an afternoon in the company of our Mixologist, he will share with you the secrets to the best Margaritas in Zihuatanejo.

The Art of the Margarita lays in the freshest ingredients, the best liquors and the best preparation technique, this favorite cocktail represents the art of the Tequila and the wonders of creativity where only the sky is the limit.

Please ask your Personal Assistant for availability to this once in a life time experience.