|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 12% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 517||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 486||From Toronto to Ixtapa|
C$ 515 - C$ 1124
Ixtapa is usually mentioned in the same breath as neighbouring town Zihuatanejo. The towns are just 6km apart in the state of Guerrero, southern Mexico. Where Ixtapa is a purpose-built resort, established in the 1970s by the Mexican government, Zihuatanejo is an old fishing village.
Ixtapa is a more immediate vacation destination – luxurious hotels line the Playa El Palmar, there are two magnificent golf courses, a modern marina and high-class boutiques. Savvy travellers who book cheap flights to Ixtapa will be able to sample the best of both towns.
Playa El Palmar is called the “Ixtapa Hotel Zone” as most of the town’s hotels are located here. It’s a beautiful spot, its wide crescent shore excellent for surfing and, at its southern end, swimming. Playa Quieta is located about a ten-minute car ride from the Hotel Zone. It’s quieter and calmer than Playa El Palmar. Playa Linda is further along the coast again, a fine-sand beach just made for swimming. From here, Isla Ixtapa is a ten-minute boat ride away. The tiny island has four beaches and is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving or just sunning.
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This part of Mexico has a semi-tropical climate. There are about 300 sunny days per year. Temperatures hover between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius (75-82 degrees Fahrenheit). The rainy season extends from mid May through September/October. Generally, rain falls in the evenings or at night allowing visitors to sun or sight-see as planned. The warmest months are April and May. December and January have milder temperatures.
November through May is the best time to take cheap flights to Ixtapa.
May through September/October is the rainy season, which also takes in the hottest months of the year (June, July and August).