News, Special Events and Activities for August 2012 has a New Look!  Our goal is to report positive news and information about the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico area.  After two (2) years of monthly publication, this on-line magazine now has over 16,000 readers from the USA, Mexico, Canada and other parts of the world.  This month, readers will see lots of changes, with new sections and articles, additional photos and videos, music and more.  You’ll also find recommendations for hotels, restaurants, shops and services.  We invite all to vacation and visit our beachside community.

Zihuatanejo Elects New Mayor:  Local and national elections were held in July resulting in the election of Eric Fernández Ballesteros as the president-elect of Zihuatanejo, replacing Alejandro Bravo.  Fernández Ballesteros is a member of the PRI party that governed Mexico for over 70 years.  Mayor Fernández will officially take office in October, but he says that he will start work immediately conducting an analysis with experts in each area of the city’s administration to find the best way to solve problems for the various colonies and communities. “When we take the reins, we will be able to apply practical solutions with a clear plan of what will be done and we will not have a learning curve.  We will build a better Zihuatanejo from the first day of my administration,” said the mayor-elect.

Futbol (Soccer) Tournament, Playa Larga, August 4th, 9:00 a.m.:  Everyone is invited to participate or to watch the football (soccer) tournament, played on the beach of Playa Larga this month.  You can register to participate in teams of women and men, 12-15 years of age and 16+ years.  For registration information, visit:  Eventos en Zihuatanejo: Torneo Futbol Playero Playa Larga.  Spectators are invited to come out and enjoy the sporting event.

Paraiso de Niños (Kids’ Paradise), through August 10th:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a kids’ paradise during the summer months.  Kids visiting the area can participate in a variety of fun activities including contests, art lessons, music concerts, theatre, clown shows, films and dance.  A calendar of daily activities is available at the Concierge desk in local hotels or call the Office of Visitors and Conventions, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.

Beach Volleyball Tournament, Playa Madera, August 11th, 10:00 a.m.:   Come out and enjoy the fun!  Participate or spectate.  Volleyball teams can register to play for just $200 Pesos/team.  Register your team by depositing $200 Pesos at Banamex Bank in the name of JUAN ANTONIO ESCOBAR CASTILLEJOS and send a copy of the payment to:, for confirmation.  See you at the beach!

Breakfast at Zi Restaurant, Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo, Every morning during August:  Local residents in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are invited to have breakfast in the fabulous Club Intrawest Resort for a special price of only $99 Pesos.  The Club is always open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Visit during the month to become more familiar with this great facility.  For reservations, call: 555 4375.

Dinner Menu at La Terraza Restaurant, Capella Resort-Ixtapa:   Rain or shine, enjoy a special summer menu and the spectacular ocean view on the “terrace” at La Terraza Restaurant in Capella Resort in Ixtapa.  Chef Gonzalo has prepared some special treats. Click to see the summer menu:  La Terraza 2012.  For reservations, call: 555-1100.

Tango!  Tango classes at Ixtapa Palace Resort, Paseo de la Garzas, Ixtapa on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  All classes are $30 pesos per person.  Practice every Friday evening at the DIF Building from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. DIF is located at Calle Aguacates #15, Col. Centro DIF Municipal, Zihuatanejo. The practice is FREE.  For more information, contact Doug Jenkins at (755)115-5860 or email:

Festival de La Paz (Peace), Rescheduled to February 15, 2013:  The annual Peace Festival has been rescheduled from November 2012 to February 15, 2013 to allow for sufficient time to organize and coordinate all activities with the city’s new mayor and administration that do not take office until October.  This year’s festival will be dedicated to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico’s second president, who wrote the Mexican constitution and abolished slavery.  The festival will be a celebration of peace, love and friendship.  See this magazine for more information in upcoming months.


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