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- Playa Principal Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the territory. Its very long shore, with more than nine hundred metres is ideal for restoring forces through rest, offering also the chance to observe the comings and goings in the daily routine of the local fishermen.

- Playa La Ropa Beach, a shipwreck occurred during the colonial times was the basis to put this name to the longest beach in Zihuatanejo. As the story goes, a galleon from the Orient stocked with fabrics and precious pieces of silk sunk nearby, with the resulting lost of the shipment, which ended up all over the beach, thus the name "La Ropa" which means "the clothes". Another legend suggests that the rocks that lie scattered along the beach were brought by command of the king of Tarasco Tagaoan II in order to built a pool for his daughter. Putting the stories aside, La Ropa is a beautiful place, with calm waters that are perfect for windsurfing, water ski and sailing, among other sports.

- Playa Las Gatas Beach, is a small cove protected from the dashing of the waves due to a 100 metres stone barrier which might have been built by one of the kings (cacique) of Tarasco, to allow him to bathe at ease, without fearing an attack from the sharks.

Las Gatas is a privileged spot for the practice of snorkel and scuba diving, on account of its undersea coral formations and the colourful fishes that seek sanctuary in them, thus making this a rare and beautiful sight.

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    - Playa La Madera Beach, tiny but precious indeed, so is this small corner of Zihuatanejo that offers its smooth waves within an exuberant scenery. The origins of the name go back to colonial times, when the valuable wooden ships used to weigh anchors from here.

    -Playa Larga (Long Beach), this is one of the largest beaches in the zone with its nearly two kilometres length. The surges are not very trustworthy, not being too easy to swim across its waters. Nevertheless, the sunsets have a magical character and the possibility of taking a walk or riding a horse over its shores is very tempting. It stands five kilometres away from Zihuatanejo and remains as the only one where camping is allowed.

    - Playa Blanca (White Beach), Its warm water and white sands are motives enough for having a pleasant time here. But that is not all, there is a lagoon inhabited by white pelicans, flamingos and blue herons. It is feasible to take a trip on a motorboat to come close to these charming animals. In the close vicinity is situated the traditional fishermen's town of Barra de Potosi, where many restaurants present the very best of local gastronomy, with fruits de mer as the main ingredients.

    -Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande Archaeological Museum is a simple museum that depicts the development through history of the coastal inhabitants, from the first settlements to the days of the Spanish Colony within its six halls. There are valuable objects from the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Tarasco and Mexica cultures, unearthed from 54 archaeological sites located nearby Zihuatanejo and other places in the State of Guerrero. The museum is situated in the Paseo del Pescador, near the Principal beach of Zihuatanejo.

    - Mirador Alvaro de Saavedra Viewing Point is an excellent location to placidly admire the Zihuatanejo Bay. It is positioned over the Carretera Escenica Roadway, in the sector that connects the Madera Beach with the Port.

    This viewing point bears the name of the sailor Alvaro de Saavedra y Ceron, chief commander of the second expedition between America and the Philippines, which took off from the Port of Zihuatanejo on October 30th in the year of 1527.

    - Mercado de Artesanias Zihuatanejo Crafts Market shows and sells a great variety of products elaborated with semi-precious stones, shells and coral in its total of 255 stalls. There are also jewels that come from Taxco, shells from Olinala and ceramics from the Central Valleys. Also an interesting display is the traditional "huaraches", a sort of comfortable handmade leather sandals.

    This Market, in which it is mandatory to barter over the price before purchasing, is located on the 5 de Mayo Avenue, between the Juan Alvarez and Catalina Gonzalez streets.

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