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Promoted as Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, they are actually two separate physical locations 4-5 miles apart. They are both part of the Mexican state of Guerrero in the Zihuatanejo municipality.
Ixtapa is the all inclusive planned hotel destination that has everything you want in an all inclusive. A big beautiful beach with all the water activities from swimming, surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, dolphin watching, snorkeling , diving and more. There are golf courses and high rise hotels. High class restaurants, bars, clubs, and even nature activities out of the water like zip lining and bird watching. This is one of those honeymoon or big family trip destinations.
While your friends may be honeymooning in Ixtapa, you could be getting it in a little more organically in Zihuatanejo. This is actually still a fishing village that welcomes guests. The bay here is more protected from the open sea and the water on the beaches around the bay are gentler. There is a myriad of boating activity here. You can rent a local boat captain for just about anything. This is also a sport fishing destination. The town is full of great shops and restaurants but NO high rise hotels. This is a real local community that happens to get spill over from Ixtapa to walk its quaint town center but also is a destination of its own.