Zihuantenejo, Mexico. Or as the tourists call it "Zihua". Or as the Locals call it "Z". It's short for paradise.

At the end of February, my family and I took a nice little vacay across the Mexican boarder to a town on the west coast, a few miles south of Ixtapa. Although we never left the beach, save for a few small trips into town, we were told that Ixtapa was very tourity, whereas Z was more MEXICO. Totes true, but I think that's what we loved the most about this town.

We arrived into Z (such a local wannabe) and were greeted with an airport apparently sponsored by Corona, hustled into a non-air conditioned line for immigration/customs - hailing from Minnesota, we were all still pretty bundled up at this point. Once we got out of the airport, a driver from our condo was there to pick us up - it's typically about 15 minutes into town, but a road is getting re-paved at a GLACIAL pace, so it took a bit longer. NBD. The streets of Z reminded me of Cambodia (minus the tuk tuk's!), I loved it.

The road being built...and all the workers...

Our condo (Club Intrawest) sat on top of a hill (which is SO fun to walk up and down everyday! Liquor helps) Cinque Terre style.

The architecture inside our condo was very spanish-adobe. It even had a dipping pool (which we wondered why, then found out why after a sweaty walk back from town one day). Most days we spent on the beach, followed by happy our in the pool, then happy our in our condo, then stumbling to dinner. It was a pretty nice routine we fell into. The first day we were there, about 90% of the pool hailed from MN, so that was funny.

Happy Hour in the pool turned into Flip Cup on boogie boards one day. 

The resort had a few kayaks that you could rent for 30 Pesos, so my sister and I took those out a few times to different beaches.

You thought I would go to another country and NOT do a weird yoga pose? Psh.
More basil Mojitos pleeeeeeease!

We walked into town one day to check out the markets. There is an artist market and a food market. Both were awesome and i'd highly recommend stopping by. We stopped at the artists market again a few days later :)

Best. Drink. Ever. Mint & Basil Mojito

The only thing she wanted in town.

Salsa made before your eyes at Bonobos in town, so delicious.
Each night we tried to pull ourselves together enough to head to dinner. Our favorite spot (which we went to twice!) was Il Mare.

It was Italian and had the best views of the water/port in town.

La Gula was recommended from a couple staying at the resort (they couldn't remember the name but said to look for a sign that said "slow food" LOL). It was a short walk into town, had decent food. Those are the only two restaurant names that I know of, of the places we went. Others just had nick names. Like, the "Alligator place" (because there was a fence nearby with alligators). Super good food (get the Mahi, Calamari and Guac), and great music. Or, Two doors down, with the blue umbrellas.

That's a mango tree!
This is the hill down (and then up!) into town.
 The resort had some great food too, their brekky was my favorite. They had a wine night one night, which obviously we had to attend.

We had a great time relaxing in the sun for a week. Each day, the weather was beautiful - except for the last day! We saw clouds! Which means it was time to head home, obvi. The food here was everything, so rich and full of flavor - we all agreed we'd happily stop back again.

This is what happy hour (round 2) looked like. Fresh strawberries (bought from a women walking the beach).

The staff there was SO nice, we especially loved them because at 3pm they found us and asked if they should bring us our basil mojitos for HH. 

Shoutout to the parents for letting us vacation with them! Love you guys :)

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