Yogi-friendly Zihuatanejo

This is the third in my series on yogi-friendly Mexico. When traveling, I love starting my days with yoga and find that as a result I return home more balanced, rested and relaxed.

In “real-life” as well as while on vacation, this work hard (yoga in the morning) and play hard (cocktails on the beach the rest of the day!) is the name of my game.

In “real-life” as well as while on vacation, this work hard (yoga in the morning) and play hard (cocktails by the pool or on the beach the rest of the day!) is the name of my game.

Zijuatanejo is located near Ixtapa. In fact, these two Mexican Pacific coast cities are referred to as sister cities and even share an airport (ZIH), hosting a number of direct flight from the United States. Ixtapa (like Cancun) is a bustling, government-planned tourist area that began in the 1970’s, while Zihuatanejo (or Zihua as it’s called locally) is a free-spirited, easygoing village with a more authentic atmosphere.

Zihuatanejo is made up of one large bay. Within this bay are 5 main beaches including La Playa del Puerto (aka La Playa Principal, located right in town), Playa La Madera (about a 5 minute walk from town), Playa La Ropa (5 minutes drive from town and the main swimming beach in the area), Playa Las Gatas (there is no road to this beach, best bet is to take a water taxi there) and Playa Contramar (again accessible by water taxi from town).

If you’re staying anywhere in the Zihua area, Zihua Yoga studio is a great option for drop in yoga classes. This studio offers Hatha classes every day of the week at 8am and 9:30am (restorative on Sunday).

Ventruring beyond Zihua proper, Troncones is a relatively undeveloped, uncrowded beach village located about 20 miles north west of Zihuatanejo. The Present Moment Retreat has been a fixture of this area for a number of years.

Present Moment’s accommodations are earthy bungalows decorated with bright colors and lots of natural materials.

Set in plush gardens with open thatch roofs, here you can drift asleep listening to the ocean waves.

Set in plush gardens with open thatch roofs, here you can drift asleep listening to the ocean waves.

The beaches of Troncones include segments of wide open beach great for swimming, boogie boarding and even surfing, punctuated by rocky outcrops ranging from small rocks at the water’s edge to large boulders that set a striking scene. While these are not the white sands and turquoise waters you’ll find near Cancun, these beaches are special in their own right.

Raw and pristine, the warm water, rock formations and beautiful sunsets make these beaches a must-visit destination.

Raw and pristine, the warm water, rock formations and beautiful sunsets make these beaches a must-visit destination.

For guest as well as non-guests, Present Moment offers a range of yoga and meditation classes, as well as cleansing and wellness counseling, energy work and massage. Tom, the passionate founder, is easily accessible (you’ll find his email on the Present Moment home page) and is happy to help answer questions and customize an Zihuatanejo travel experience for you.

Finally, The Viceroy located right in the Zihua bay on Playa La Ropa is a great option for yoga, whether you’re staying on the property or not. . This hotel brand’s commitment to yoga is notable, as they are one of the only international hotel brands with dedicated yoga instruction across Mexico. Try the Viceroy’s sun salutation session, offered daily at sunrise.

Organize with one of these hotels or private companies listed and bliss out on the beach. Where else have you had a great yoga session while on vacation in Mexico?

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