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The whole town marveled for days back in August of 1999 at this tall ship when it visited us from Ecuador. The Ecuadorian Navy trains future sailors on this beauty named "Guayas".
Freshly hatched sea turtles race for the ocean at dusk on La Ropa Beach. Some hotels and restaurants protect the eggs until they hatch then release them at dusk to give them a better chance of survival against predators.
Majahua Scenic Road is between Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. The beach here has big waves and dangerous undertow. A passing ship can barely be seen on the horizon. Notice the lush vegetation.
This is another photo of the view from the Majahua Scenic Road looking towards Playa La Majahua. This was taken in early June 2016 before the first rains of the season which came late that year.
A favorite neigborhood with visitors for its lodgings and its restaurants is Colonia La Madera, east of the downtown area. This photo is looking west on Calle Adelita near one of the footbridges that crosses La Boquita Canal.
A vendor of pastries makes his rounds on Calle Adelita in Colonia La Madera before heading into downtown Zihuatanejo.
This fisherman came rowing up towards the pier one morning with this great egret on the bow of his canoe.
The fisherman appears to be talking to the great egret that accompanied him in his canoe.
It looks like the fisherman was saying good-bye to his new friend the great egret.
A great egret sits on a fishing boat on the beach in front of the main plaza in Zihuatanejo.
A snowy egret walks away from some great egrets and pelicans on Zihuatanejo's Playa Municipal, the downtown beach.
The black-crowned night heron is a common sight at our municipal pier in the evenings. Locally we know it as a macaco. They are terrific fishermen.
This is a photo from April 4, 2003 of Tamakún capturing a crocodile in La Boquita Canal.
A piñata vendor displays her wares for sale for the posadas, traditional Christmas parties of the Christmas season.
Poinsettias for sale by the road during the Christmas season at Plaza Kioto in Zihuatanejo.
Seafood restaurants line the beach at the mouth of the lagoon in Barra de Potosí, a small fishing village south of Zihuatanejo in the Municipio de Petatlán.
Hotels and condominiums line El Palmar Beach in Ixtapa. Part of Palma Real Golf Course can be seen where the palm trees are just to the right of center in the photo.
Until it was demolished in October 2017, this was Zihuatanejo's oldest school whose construction began in 1939. It's first generation graduated in 1948.
Students wash their desks in the lagoon that used to exist next to the Escuela Primaria Vicente Guerrero. This photo was taken around 1970. The lagoon was destroyed when a canal was built to drain the area for urban development.
Photo © courtesy of Gene "Cri-Cri" Lysaker
In the mountains of Zihuatanejo there is a small village called Mesas de Bravo, an eco-tourism destination with waterfalls and natural pools. A great place to spend the day!
The region is popular for surfing, and less than an hour's drive northwest from Zihuatanejo is a place known among surfers as The Wave Machine at Playa La Saladita near Lagunillas in the Municipio de La Unión Montes de Oca.
The main plaza on the waterfront of downtown Zihuatanejo is the center of activity and a longtime traditional gathering place for families, residents and visitors.
The gazebo at the zócalo is called a kiosko. It's not uncommon to see older couples there doing a traditional dance called Danzón.
During the parade for Mexico's Día de la Revolución on November 20 you might see the traditional dance called Danza de los Manueles.
Marina Ixtapa is located at the northwestern end of Ixtapa Boulevard. Fine shops and restaurants are located along its waterfront.
Fishing charters, excursions and tours are possible at Marina Ixtapa.
One of the luxury developments at Marina Ixtapa is called Porto Ixtapa. This is the view from their clubhouse.
A narrow channel connects Marina Ixtapa to the Pacific Ocean. This is the view from Porto Ixtapa's clubhouse.
View looking southeast at Ixtapa from Porto Ixtapa. Marina Ixtapa is in the foreground.
A peaceful summer evening at Zihuatanejo's main plaza.