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The Gorgeous Beaches of Zihuatanejo, in Guerrero, A Dangerous ‘DO NOT TRAVEL’ Zone in Beautiful Mexico

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UPDATED on 3/8/18 – Zihuatanejo is in Guerrero, Mexico. It is the lesser-known counterpart to Ixtapa, a famous Mexico travel destination. The cities are only a few minutes apart by car or bus. The state of Guerrero is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico by the US Department of State. We live in Michoacan, a neighboring state of Guerrero, and also a ‘DO NOT TRAVEL’ zone for American tourists. We have lived here for 4.5 years and we are content. It’s definitely not perfect, but it is home. We only have to travel 3 to 4 hours to the nearest beach and they are truly gorgeous.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo - Beautiful Mexico

Media shows us the “ugly” truth but media can also twist and exaggerate for its own benefit. After all, it is a money-making business. Media usually focuses on the negative side of things because that is what sells. I would much prefer happiness and love and beauty. But to be on the safe side, if you are going to come visit us in Southern Mexico, read this article from Mexico News Daily and follow the simple warnings listed at the end of their post.

Without further ado, here are 53 Photos of The Gorgeous Beaches of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero in Beautiful Mexico from our December girls-only getaway ;-)

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Make sure you squint and get a good look at the girl’s faces in these photos on this float ride, ( I don’t know what else to call it…) Some of their expressions are hilarious :-)

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Sailing at La Playa is for sale in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Our girls had friends from Kentucky visiting this month so we took them all to the ocean. My mom went with us and we made it a girls weekend. It was the first time our Kentucky friends swam in the ocean!

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Pelican Beach is for sale in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

There were lots of fishermen around dusk catching different types of fish using various methods. This man simply used a net. The girls had a short homeschool lesson on ocean fishing ;-)

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

We took a taxi to Ixtapa one morning and browsed the artisan market. We all bought a few pretty things and enjoyed seeing some of the artisans at work.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Banners and Palms is for sale in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Dolls is available in my shop. Credit goes to my oldest daughter, Alexis, for taking this photo :-)

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53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

The next several shots are by Jorge Antonio Barranco Castro. You can find him on Facebook at M1CRO art. Just click HERE. I think his work is fantastic. I bet he could create some beautiful murals in your home as well if you happen to live in Southern Mexico :-)

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

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53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Ahoy Matey is available in my shop. – We spent most of our time at Playa La Ropa. We had rooms at La Pirata,(the pirate), a motel and restaurant on the beach. Rooms were clean, food was good, and the waiters at the restaurant even helped Mom find her mother’s gold wedding band that she dropped in the sand. We thought it was a goner and were so thankful for their help!!

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Flying at Dusk is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Sunset at Playa la Ropa is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

This was another La Ropa restaurant with good food and a kind host. They also have a hotel about two blocks from the beach. Both are named Rossy’s and they make pretty good margaritas ;-)

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Just Chillin’ is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

The View is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Open to The Blue Sea is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Playa Las Gatas is a 15-minute walk from Playa La Ropa. We have been to Las Gatas before for the snorkeling and I wanted to take our Kentucky friends so they could have the experience.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how rocky the path was. Mom fell right after I took this picture. No major harm, just bruised knees. I think she would have been fine if she had on sneakers instead of sandals. Just keep this in mind if you intend to stay at La Ropa and walk to Las Gatas.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Flying Over La Playa is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

I wonder how old the oyster markings are on this beach rock? It had been on the shore for some time.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

The water at Las Gatas was clear when we arrived but because we went on a Saturday, within an hour of taking this shot the water was cloudy, (near the reef it was still clear for snorkeling). There were lots of families enjoying the sun and sand so if you want privacy visit during the week. You can get a water taxi here from Zihuatanejo or walk along the shore like we did.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Mom and I enjoyed one of the prettiest margaritas we have ever seen at Las Gatas.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

This is our group after spending the day at Las Gatas. Beach time always makes us happy :-)

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Look Up is available in my shop.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Alexis also took this photo of her sister, Taylor.

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

And last but not least, we saw some good size crocodiles in a lagoon which leads out to Playa La Ropa… but don’t worry, there’s a fence ;-) Signing off, Tina

53 Photos of Playa La Ropa and Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero - Beautiful Mexico

Originally published December 19, 2017

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