is an exciting resort located along the West Coast of Mexico that was created in the 1970s to parallel the east coast development of Cancun. Many say that Ixtapa resembles a miniature Waikiki, with several high-rise luxury hotels stretching around a 2.5 mile, golden sand, moon-shaped beach. A visit to Ixtapa cannot be complete without mentioning itsí sister city, Zihuatanejo, for here you will find the best of two very different, but equally appealing worlds. While Ixtapa is a gorgeous, young, active resort town, Zihuatanejo is a quiet, quaint, old fishing village that has been around for a very long time. Both offer excellent beaches, with Playa Quieta being the regionís best swimming beach. The 430-acre Marina Ixtapa is a major attraction for yachting and fishing enthusiasts, and there are over fifty snorkeling and scuba diving spots in the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo area. Other activities include swimming, surfing and parasailing, and canoeing and sailing around Zihuatanejo Bay. There are a large number of yacht charters available in Ixtapa, from small pangas to large, luxury fishing cruisers. Also of interest to yachters is Isla Ixtapa, a small island just off the coast that also has a lovely beach, good snorkeling spots and a great seafood restaurant.