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Ixtapa - Crown Jewel in Mexico's Riviera
The Canadian Tour stops this week in Ixtapa, Mexico, on the
Mexican Riviera 200 km north of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero. The area
is known for white-sand beaches (Ixtapa means white sand), ancient Mexican
kings, Conquistadors, pirates, parasailing, big-game fishing, diving, surfing,
horseback riding, mountain bandits, a massive MTV concert two weeks ago,
and as the fishing village to which the convicts retire after escaping in
The Shawshank Redemption (Columbia Pictures 1994). It is also known
for the Palma Real Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., set among
coconut trees with water hazards guarded by very large alligators! (Thanks
for the local rules...)
Ixtapa was created in 1968 as a high-rise resort on the beach
just north of Zihuatanejo (zee-watta-NEE-ho, from the ancient Nuatal language)
to help preserve the heritage of the old fishing village / resort.
Sir Francis Drake (known as The Dragon to the Spanish) stopped here
in the 1570s while raiding Spanish shipping for Queen Elizabeth. This
is a replica of his ship, the Golden Hind.
Tim Robbins finally escaped his prison hell in the Shawshank Redemption
and retired with Morgan Freeman to Zihuatanejo. Freeman's line: "Zih
.... what?" is still famous here.
Stay out of the water hazards! This is a mother alligator
at the Robert Trent Jones course in Ixtapa, 7th hole, guarding her
nest next to a bunker. The Local Committee ruled the bunker out
of play for the Canadian Tour stop.
To learn more about Zihuatanejo and its "high-rise suburb
resort" Ixtapa, see these nice sites: