Ixtapa is about a five to six hour drive from where we live. We made it in five this last trip, I think because I have a husband that puts the pedal to the metal….it’s probably more than likely a six hour trip for the average driver. I love road trips, it’s a great excuse to bust out the tunes and have dance parties in the car and eat all the junk food your heart desires. Junk food of choice this trip was the new snack we recently discovered called Taki’s, extremely addicting, even our 2 year old enjoyed this spicy snack. Also, can I just tell you Henry was a great little traveler as long as Seth and I kept the music fresh, danced and sang along he was entertained. And since we are newly potty trained we were subject to accidents but he did AWESOME….bottles were our best friend, ha! Something tells me road trips with Matilda won’t be as easy once she is potty trained 😉
Driving to Ixtapa sometimes makes people a little nervous because you have to drive through a state called Michocán. Michocán doesn’t have the best reputation around here, look it up you’ll see why. Netflix has a documentary highlighting this state if you really want an inside look.But, aside from the scary rumors that go along with this state it is absolutely beautiful to drive through. What makes driving to Ixtapa so fun is the ever changing scenery. I swear if someone didn’t tell me where I was and I had to guess I would say Colorado, literally pine trees and mountains with the greenest fields. Its beautiful. Then things start to become more tropical, the pine trees turn to palm trees and the air starts to get thicker. You know you aren’t far from the ocean when you can smell the salt water in the air.
Ixtapa to me is a hidden gem, there aren’t a ton of people and the view is breathtaking. The average temp stays in the high 80’s and when you are spending it all day in the pool or ocean it’s perfect. Henry was such a water bug just like Seth and even Matilda was quite the little swimmer trying to kick her feet and she did not want to leave the pool. The ocean was a favorite for Henry, it was fun seeing how excited he would get when the waves would start to come toward him. Matilda wasn’t a huge fan, I think the waves scared her and the sand was not the best feeling according to her. I don’t blame her sand isn’t my favorite either.
Each time so far we have stayed at Bay View Grand Residential, we go through airbnb, the location is great. We are within walking distance of a lot of the restaurants and little shops. Every time our experience there has been awesome! This time around we explored a little more, tried a few restaurants and visited a little island. So, if you find yourself in Ixtapa and need some advice on where to eat or stay my suggestions would be to make Bay View Grand Residential your home away from home and to go to Nueva Zelanda for breakfast…at least get one of their smoothies and check out Bistro Soleiado for dinner, it’s a great restaurant for seafood and especially if you are into French cuisine. Needless to say our long weekend wasn’t long enough and we are already planning our next visit.
Look, isn’t Michocan so pretty! FYI I took this picture as my husband was driving 80 mph…not kidding