What is the best thing to bring home from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo?

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Amanda Arnold

It might be tough to pull yourself away from your hotel’s amazing, cliff-side, infinity-edge pool, but at some point during your stay, you really should visit the artisans market in downtown Zihuatanejo, as you're sure to come away with a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Items sold here are handmade by Guerrero locals (many of them come in from the surrounding mountains), and in some cases you can even watch the artists at work. Colorful, elaborately-painted wooden plates and bowls, traditional Mexican-style clothes for both children and adults, colorful jewelry, and hand-woven blankets are just a few of the items available at this quaint street market. It’s customary to bargain a bit with the vendors — though prices are generally already very low, especially when you consider the fact that pieces are handmade. And they do take American dollars, if you’ve run out of pesos. While you’re in the area, take a quick peek into the Zihuatanejo church across the street — it's a lovely and charming little structure. 

Derrik Chinn
  • Derrik Chinn

  • Correspondent

  • Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

If you're unable to find someone who can freeze-dry a few pounds of the Jurassic-looking marlin you caught yourself, Taxco silver comes in as the runner-up souvenir to bring home from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, say our Forbes Travel Guide editors. Vendors sell the stuff in either Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo's mercados de artesanias or any of the boutiques in the towns. Just be sure it's legit silver, not alpaca, which is basically pricey nickel. Also of local relevance are the intricately lacquered wooden boxes from Olinalá, a remote town in the Guerrero highlands known as the most important center for lacquer production in the country.

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