With an exception or two, Zihuatanejo nightlife dies down around 11pm or midnight. For a selection of clubs, dance spots, hotel fiestas, special events, and fun watering holes with live music and dancing, head for Ixtapa. Just keep in mind that the shuttle bus stops at 11pm, and a taxi to Zihuatanejo after midnight costs 50% more than the regular price. During the off season (after Easter and before Christmas), hours vary: Some places open only on weekends, while others close completely. In Zihuatanejo, a lively bar showing satellite TV sports is Bandido's, at the corner of Cinco de Mayo and Pedro Ascencio in Zihuatanejo Centro, across from the Artisans' Market (tel. 755/553-8072). It features live salsa music nightly and is open until 2am. There's no cover, and people often come to dance salsa.

The Club & Music Scene

Many dance clubs stay open until the last customers leave, so closing hours depend upon revelers. Most dance clubs have a ladies' night at least once a week -- admission and drinks are free for women.

Hotel Fiestas & Theme Nights

A number of hotels hold Mexican fiestas and other special events that include dinner, drinks, live music, and entertainment for a fixed price (generally $44 from 7-10pm). The Barceló Ixtapa (tel. 755/555-2000) stages a popular Wednesday night fiesta; the Dorado Pacífico (tel. 755/553-2025), in Ixtapa, hosts a Tuesday night fiesta. Only the Barceló Ixtapa offers them in the off season. Call for reservations, and be sure you understand what the price covers, as drinks, tax, and tip are not always included.

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