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Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo.
Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo.
Dream holiday.
One of the rooms at La Casa Que Canta.
Private restaurant at La Casa Que Canta.

Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa

Thursday, December 6, 2001
Have you ever wondered where Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia went in Mexico in When a Man Loves a Woman? Guess where we sent Ben!

Zihuatanejo stayed as a fishing village, but also with tourism as its main income. It has cobblestone streets and old buildings which are no more than four storeys high.

There are several beaches — Playa Municipal in town is where fishermen dump their catch, so it's not a terrific place to swim. However, the colourful boats and people make it a good place to sit and watch. Playa de la Ropa is the largest and most beautiful beach in the bay and is used for para-sailing, jet-skiing, swimming and other water activities.

La Quinta Troppo is situated above La Ropa and has sweeping views of the bay. It has just eight suites with baths, king-size beds and a terrace or sitting area. Tropical breakfast is included and the beach is a short walk away.

Playa las Gatas, or Beach of the Cats, is named because of the harmless whiskered nurse sharks that live in the bay. Conditions are good for swimming and snorkelling.

La Casa Que Canta means the House That Sings. It was made famous as a setting in the Meg Ryan/Andy Garcia film When A Man Loves A Woman. The hotel looks as though it has been carved into the cliffs and the sounds of the singing sea can be heard in every room. Its dramatic architecture is fashioned from natural materials and decorated with local handcrafted furniture and artefacts.

Kate O'Neill and Andrew Jones are enterprising Australians who run cruises on the 20m classic Alden Cutter Nirvana. There are plenty of options on offer — you can sail for the day, anchor at a secluded white sand beach for snorkelling or take a romantic sunset tour. Whatever you choose, you are bound to see dolphins, whales, manta rays, turtles and other exciting marine life. The day includes full gourmet lunch on board and an open bar. It's perfect for weddings, anniversaries or any other special event.

While Zihuatanejo does have some nightlife, it is the quieter of the two towns. Christine, Carlos'n'Charles and Sea Frog are three of Ixtapa's popular bars, attracting locals and visitors. Christine has a midnight light show and while it's a touch more formal than the other places, it still offers an enormous amount of music and fun.


The state of Guererro, on Mexico's Pacific coast.


Rooms at La Casa Que Canta start at around $460 per double per night.
Qantas flies daily to Los Angeles with American Airlines connections to Mexico City and Zihuatanejo. Return economy airfares start at $2645 from the east coast, $2965 from Adelaide and $3445 from Perth.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Nirvana Sailing Tours
0011 52 7554 5915
La Casa Que Canta: (02) 9411 5512
Hotel Puerto Mio:
Qantas: 13 13 13

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