Where to Go After Dark
Ixtapa's nightlife is sophisticated, sweet, and simple. While the resort frequently imports big-name entertainers, most visitors go dancing in one of several discos along the boulevard. Euphoria is a chic disco overlooking the ocean by the Marina Lighthouse that's popular with locals and visitors alike. But the most spectacular one is still Christine Club Ixtapa (755-553-0333), where many dance to the wee hours. Since this is the best disco in the resort, be prepared wait in line during high season.
During high season (November to April), you can take in a fun-filled Fiesta Méxicana in Ixtapa at either the Barceló (775-555-0000), Dorado Pacifico (755-553-2025), or Presidente Intercontinental (775-553-0018) starting around 7 P.M. and featuring an elaborate buffet dinner with open bar, live mariachi music, and folkloric dance performances, as well as handicraft bazaars for shopping. They start at $40 per person, with children under twelve at half price. Be sure to make reservations.
If you want to hire a trio to play music for your family in a restaurant or on the beach, be sure to agree on a price before you request any songs.
If you would rather just drink and dance to a live band, Ixtapa's hotels all have lounges with a laid-back atmosphere. And there's always Señor Frogs and Carlos ‘n’ Charlies (755-553-0692 for both), both located near Ixtapa's hotels.
For nighttime fun in Zihuatanejo, head to either Sacbe or Black Bull, the first with international music and the second with Mexican ranchero music. Cover charges at clubs usually range from as low as $5 per person to upward of $25.