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Some hotels in Zihuatanejo and its nearby beach communities are more economical than those in Ixtapa, while others are far more expensive and exclusive. The term bungalow is used loosely -- it may mean an individual unit with a kitchen and bedroom, or just a bedroom. It may also be like a hotel, in a two-story building with multiple units, some of which have kitchens. It may be cozy or rustic, with or without a patio or balcony. Accommodations in town tend to be basic, clean, and comfortable.

Playa Madera and Playa La Ropa, separated by a craggy shoreline, are both accessible by road. Prices tend to be higher here than in town, but the value is much better, and people tend to find that the beautiful, tranquil setting is worth the extra cost. The town is 5 minutes away by taxi and 10 to 15 minutes by foot.

Choosing a Hotel in Zihuatanejo or Ixtapa (or Both) -- Larger high-rise hotels and all-inclusive resorts dominate accommodations in Ixtapa and on Playa Madera. Package deals for these are readily available online. There are only a few choices in the budget range. If you're looking for lower-priced rooms, Zihuatanejo offers more selection and better values, although it also has some very expensive (and wonderful) boutique hotels. Lodgings in both towns offer free parking. High season generally runs from November 15 to April 30, and low season from May 1 to November 14. The rates quoted below do not include the 17% tax.

Playa Madera -- Madera Beach is a 15-minute walk along the street, a 10-minute walk along the beach pathway, or a cheap taxi ride from Zihuatanejo. Most accommodations are on Calle Eva S. de López Mateos, the road overlooking the beach. Many hotels are set against the hill and have steep stairways.

Playa La Ropa -- Playa La Ropa is a 20- to 25-minute walk south of town on the east side of the bay, or it's a 50-peso taxi ride.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.