Love's a Trip

Zihuatanejo: Purely Mexico

Dec 3, 2004
Outside Magazine
Hotel Villa del Sol

Latino Love Nest: The beachside pool at Hotel Villa del Sol    Photo: courtesy, Villa del Sol

Trade Acapulco—that circus was for the wild days of dating, right?—for Zihuatanejo, a little Mexican fishing village 150 miles north. This Pacific-coast enclave is home to long stretches of golden beach, rocky islets, and wildlife sanctuaries, not to mention some stellar snorkeling and scuba sites. THE LOVE NEST: The beachfront Hotel Villa del Sol, a collection of 70 adobe-style villas, sits amid gardens of palms, banana trees, and hibiscus. A honeymoon package in the Lagoon Suite—with its cathedral ceilings, private patio, plunge pool, and, of course, hammock—includes two bottles of champagne, a five-course candlelit dinner on the beach, and a massage for couples. The four-day stay starts at $3,610 (011-52-755-55-55-500, DOUBLES PLAY: Spend a day with Carlo Scuba chasing marine creatures big and small—from manta rays to sea horses—at Caleta Bechon reef. (Two-tank dive, $75; 011-52-755-554-6003,