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Most people’s reference to this fishing village is that quiet paradise at the end of the movie Shawshank Redemption with big resort destinations like Puerto Vallarta to the North and Acapulco to the south, getting the shine. But this sleepy fishing village in Guerrero, Mexico, was a hot spot in the 70s beloved by celebs like Mick Jagger and still maintains its quiet paradise. Many Zihua residents will remind you that it’s not about partying like its neighbors. Rather, Zihuatanejo is about enjoying the easy life.
A true fishing village, the town centers around the fish market. Get up before sunrise to visit the market at around 6:30 a.m. Trust me, watching the sunrise over the malecon and seeing the chefs and families in the market doing their daily shopping you’ll see the true spirit—the life blood—of Zihuatanejo. After you head to the fish market, grab breakfast a local market and have your fill of rellenos and atole, a yummy hot cinnamon rice-based drink for under $3. But save room for lunch! You have to try tiraditos, a regional ceviche.
We’re talking about food a lot, but whether it’s the community of shared dining or gathering at the beach, Zihuatanejo is all about slowing down, recharging and enjoying what’s around you. Leading the charge of this barefoot luxury experience for a great deal is the new Thompson Hotel in Zihua. The restaurants on property, boasting ancient Mexican cooking techniques and fresh ingredients, attract locals and tourists alike. Well-priced, discreet and with a locals-led surfing and yoga scene, as you drive through the beautiful green jungle and suddenly see Playa La Ropa beneath you, you immediately know that you’ve found a utopia.