Area Code -- The telephone area code is 755.

Currency Exchange -- Ixtapa's banks include Banamex, at the corner of Las Golondrinas (bordering the golf course) and Ixtapa, and HSBC, in front of Hotel Emporio. The most centrally located of Zihuatanejo's banks is Banamex, Calle Ejido at Vicente Guerrero. Banks change money during business hours, generally Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Note: Banks are persnickety about exchanging U.S. currency; bills with any stray ink marks or the most microscopic tears will be rejected.

Climate -- Summer is hot and humid, though tempered by sea breezes and brief showers; September is the peak of the tropical rainy season, with showers concentrated in the late afternoons. The coast, while humid, gets less rain than the inland mountains. Dry season is November through May.


Consular Agents -- The U.S. has an office in Ixtapa at the Hotel Fontan, Boulevard Ixtapa s/n (tel. 755/553-2100; Mon-Fri 1-5pm).

Drugstores -- A branch of Farmacías Coyuca (tel. 755/554-5390) at Nicolas Bravo and Vincente Guerrero in Zihuatanejo, is open daily from 8am to midnight. Ixtapa has several FarmaProntos (tel. 755/553-5090); the most central one faces Paseo de Ixtapa in Plaza La Puerta; it's open Monday through Saturday 8am to 10pm, Sunday 9am to 9pm.

Hospital -- Hospital de la Marina Ixtapa is at Bulevar Ixtapa s/n, in back of the artisans' market (tel. 755/553-0499). In Zihuatanejo, there's the Clinica Maciel, Las Palmas 12 (tel. 755/554-2380), or Hospital Hernández Montejano, Juan Alvarez s/n (tel. 755/554-5404). Dial tel. 065 (Red Cross) from any phone for emergencies.


Internet Access -- Ixtapa hotels generally have Internet access. Access is cheaper in Zihuatanejo; the most popular is Zihuatanejo Bar Net, Agustín Ramírez 2, on the ground floor of the Hotel Zihuatanejo Centro (tel. 755/554-3661). High-speed access is 20 pesos per hour; it's open daily 9am to 11pm.

Post Office -- The correo is in the SCT building, Edificio SCT, behind El Cacahuate in Zihuatanejo (tel. 755/554-2192). It's open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm, Saturday from 8am to noon.

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.