I am here for the Food and Wine Festival. It has been a delightful event packed with…food and wine of course! Today is the last day and also our third consecutive day of gluttony.
I’ll share all of the yummy things we are experiencing with you on Wednesday when we feature our What’s for Dinner Wednesday!
Until then I wanted to tell you a little about our trip and where we are staying. The magazine, Food and Wine is putting on a big festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo was picked as the first Latin American city to host the event, which is a big honor and illustrates how amazing Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is.
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are actually two different towns. They are located a short 10 minute drive apart. Since they are so close in distance and in spirit, the names are usually said together as Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Zihuatanejo was the original town and is a fishing community. It is a great little place on the beach and known for it’s laid-back atmosphere. Ixtapa was developed later to help promote tourism on a different nearby beach. Ixtapa is where you will find all the beautiful hotels and the marina.
(Ariel view of hotels in Ixtapa)
(Bay View Grand – one of the newest places in Ixtapa)
Ixtapa is where you will find most of the tourists and Zihuatanejo is mainly filled with local people living in the area. We are staying in Ixtapa near the marina in gorgeous Porto Ixtapa, which is kind of obvious by the name: The Port of Ixtapa.
It’s very close to the row hotels but actually separated by a body of water, the marina.
To get to where where were are staying, it is necessary to hop on this little boat referred to as the “Sharky” operated by this sweet man, Maurillio.
The day I flew in which was the day before the festival, we had one night of exploring and spent it traveling to Zihuatanejo, or “Zihuat” as it is commonly referred to. I flew in late so I only had a few hours but made the most of it.
We immediately hit the streets checking out all the clothing and interior design boutiques. Along the way, we bought fresh fruit from one of the street vendors.
Fresh papaya and pineapple!
We ate our fruit on the beach and spent a lot of time watching the fishermen preparing to leave for their evening fishing runs.
Next we discovered this great water. It is infused with Jamaica, which is a flower.
Next stop ice cream. Almond ice cream!
We left the beach area and headed to the market.
These decorative balls are made completely with shells found on the beach.
A man walked up to the market area with this huge basket full of pastries and you would have thought he was Elvis. Locals that lived there ran, pushed and shoved to get some of these little donuts and biscuits. We figured they had to be good so we joined in and each bought one. I bought a pastry filled with cream. I know now why this vendor was popular!! Scrumptious! And cheap. Each donut cost less than .20 cents.
Good thing I only bought one because I was stuffed. Between the fruit, ice cream and donut we were too stuffed to go to dinner. We tried burning some calories and walking more so we ventured to the other side of the beach…still so fascinated with the fisherman leaving out for the night.
We walked out on the jetty and watched all the boats coming back with passengers returning from one of the other beaches called Los Gatas.
Well, that’s my trip so far in pictures!
I’ll be here for two more weeks so I’ll be posting lots of the amazing things we discover and experience in beautiful Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo!