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If Ixtapa after dark is a slingback stiletto, with its large discos full of party-hardy tourists, primped Mexicans in miniskirts and their popped-collared boyfriends, Zihuatanejo nightlife is more on par with a flip-flop — which really should be taken as a compliment in so much that you're able to dip into the best of both worlds in one evening, if you care to do so. Large night clubs or anthros in Ixtapa's Zona Hotelera like Le Rouge, LV Disco Club, Mentiritas and Christine are where you'll sweat to electro-house, hip-hop and reggaeton until sun-up. Meanwhile, over in Zihuatanejo, the sounds of live bands, karaoke showdowns and the occasional bikini contest spill out of cantinas along downtown's main drag like Bandidos, El Canto de la Sirena and Coconuts. Zihuatanejo is more intimate and puts up less of a front, but most places turn in for the evening around midnight — if you're looking to keep the party going, it’s your cue to hop in a cab and deadhead to Ixtapa.