We made our way to Ixtapa on Thursday, this will be our third time visiting now. We are falling in love with it more and more each time. It’s hard to believe this place was just a coconut plantation until the 1970’s. Mexico decided the pacific coast needed some tourism and voila, Ixtapa was formed. And I am oh so thankful for that!
This trip was a little last minute, Seth celebrated a birthday, April 9th, and my brother was in town visiting so we figured what better way to spend our time than at the beach. It took us 5 1/2 hours to get there this time and the drive there was uneventful and beautiful as always.
I am now recommending anyone wanting to plan a small Mexican get away do it in Ixtapa. Its inexpensive, not crowded, and safe. I really do think it is a hidden gem. We use airbnb on our visits and have stayed at the Bay View Grand each time. We have called one condo home two different times now and it’s perfect for us. Also, Mishel, the owner is great to work with. Click here to see the condo. I can’t really imagine staying elsewhere because A) I am starting to really get use to it B) everyone is super friendly C) it is a residential area so the beach is not crowded and neither is the pool area. I really enjoy the fact you don’t have to leave if you aren’t wanting to do so. You can stay there all day with food and drinks being served until five o’clock. The pina coladas go down easy and I could munch on their guacamole and chips all day. There is plenty to offer outside of Bay View Grand too. Such as, we like to switch it up once in awhile and head across the street to breakfast at Nueva Zealanda. In my last post “Road Trip to Ixtapa”,I talked about this place. And when we saw that they had an English menu you can imagine our excitement, we could actually read what we might be eating! My go to is the divorced eggs with a smoothie. The divorced eggs are eggs over easy placed on a tortilla one smothered in verde sauce and the other in rojo sauce. (hence the name divorced eggs) with sides of refried beans and potatoes. Total Mexican comfort food, at least I would categorize it as that. Henry enjoys the pancakes and Matilda will basically eat anything that is put in front of her, her favorite is still the guacamole though! Have I mentioned how she loves her spicy food too? Her taste buds have conformed to the Mexican cuisine I think.
This trip was spent eating, drinking, and swimming. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way either. Henry got a huge kick out of running away from the waves, he had a lot of personality this trip that did’t go unnoticed. For example, we spent a lot of time quietly sneaking around looking for monkeys…fyi there are not monkeys in Ixtapa. We also had to be on the look out for monsters in the condo, did you know swim goggles help you see monsters? I didn’t either, but Henry taught me that trick. (my brother may or not have started this monster search with him) I did get Matilda to play in the sand with Henry, it was short lived though. Imagine little fingers spread apart saying “uck, momma” maybe next time she will enjoy it more. But, like I have mentioned before I don’t blame her for not favoring sand.
This trip certainly helped us to hit our reset buttons with a hefty dose of vitamin D, palm trees, and ocean breeze. If you find yourself looking for a place to visit, Ixtapa comes highly recommended. Is it too soon to go back yet?