How Safe Is Zihuatanejo for Travel?

Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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If you are thinking about what the best things to do in Zihuatanejo are, we have to say that not visiting its playas while there would be something you will regret later. 

Zihuatanejo is a town on the Pacific Coast in the state of Guerrero which boasts with beaches that offer aquamarine waters to either swim or do snorkeling.

The reason why people choose Zihuatanejo rather than Ixtapa which is very close to it is that this place is not that urban, and allows you to see the bay under your own pace.

Do not miss Playa La Ropa which is 1.5 kilometers away from the town, as well as Playa las Gatas which has beach bars and restaurants amid the palms behind.

Warnings & Dangers in Zihuatanejo

Overall Risk


You should be watchful all the time while in Zihuatanejo and follow all the advice we have mentioned above. Have in mind that it is generally safer to use ATMs during the day and try to find those that are inside shops or malls.

Transport & Taxis Risk


You might be robbed while in public transport as those are places where thieves and robber work. If you decide to drive there, beware of vehicles moving slowly and do not stop in case somebody asks for help on a road.

Pickpockets Risk


Just like everywhere, pickpockets work in Zihuatanejo too. They tend to attack disoriented people, so never show that you are lost. Also, they might try to distract your attention and take your belongings.

Natural Disasters Risk


Besides earthquakes and tremors which can be experienced in Mexico, the hurricane season runs from June to November and can affect both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Mugging Risk


Being that there is a possibility of being mugged in Zihuatanejo, our suggestion is not to resist and give your money and possessions, as your life is more important.

Terrorism Risk


Mexico is among those countries where terrorism has not happened in recent years, and the possibility of the attack to happen is low.

Scams Risk


When scams risks are in question, tourists have to know that there might be people presenting themselves as police officers who would try to fine or arrest you. Always ask for identification if this happens to you.

Women Travelers Risk


Many of female tourists spend their holidays trouble-free. On the other hand, there are those who experience some troubles here. You are suggested to not to attract attention and do not go out alone at night.

So... How Safe Is Zihuatanejo Really?

In case a hurricane happens while you are in Zihuatanejo, you need to be aware that it can cause flooding and landslides, so be prepared to act wisely and listen to the advice of the authorities.

Foreign visitors are frequently targeted by scammers so be wary of strangers approaching you, especially in crowded areas.

If a person stops you and wants to fine you without any reason, it might be a thief dressed up as a police officer, so you should ask for identification and if he/she cannot provide it, call for help.

However, there might be the chance that a real police officer stops you, but he/she will not try to arrest you but would ask for your identification, so you should take the copy of your passport all the time with yourself and show it to them.

Be very careful when withdrawing money from ATMs, as thieves are observing these places and would follow you until they find the situation in which you are most vulnerable to attack you.

There were instances when people were kidnapped after they have exchanged money.

In case this happens to you, you should not resist, but give them what they want.

Your life is more important than your possessions.

How Does Zihuatanejo Compare?

CitySafety Index
Playa del Carmen69
Cabo San Lucas68
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

Useful Information

  • Visas - Besides the completed immigration form which you need to have with yourself when entering and leaving the country, your passport must be valid during the period you stay in Mexico.
  • Currency - In order not to be tricked and avoid getting false money, you should exchange your currency into the Mexican Peso in banks and certified exchange offices.
  • Weather - Zihuatanejo has a tropical climate, characterized by extremely high temperatures, both during winter and summer months. The temperatures are highest in June, while January has the lowest average temperature, around 26°C.
  • Airports - When coming to Zihuatanejo, travelers should use Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport which is the biggest and busiest airport in the state of Guerrero. It operates both national and international air traffic for the cities of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.
  • Travel Insurance - Our suggestion is to arrange and organize travel insurance ahead of time so that you do not have to face negative consequences in the future, as you can never predict when you will need it.
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Zihuatanejo Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
Feb 26° C
Mar 26° C
Apr 27° C
May 28° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 27° C
Dec 27° C
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6 Reviews on Zihuatanejo

  1. airport taxi scam

    Beware of timeshare scams at the airport (Ixtapa-Azul in the case of my friends). The representative will offer you all sorts of “gifts” including free breakfasts and free tours. Don’t fall for it unless you want to spend a few hours of your precious holidays hearing a sales spiel and being pressured to buy a timeshare (my friends got out of it at the very last minute so don’t feel pressured to stay even after they drive you to the resort). If you need a taxi from the airport then go straight to the desk near one of the exits and purchase it. There’s a shuttle option for 160 pesos per person. The clerk at your hotel can arrange airport transportation (always settle on the price you’ll pay before you hop in).

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    Anonymous says:

    At Zihua-international they get and want up to 32 dollars for a shuttle to your motel in Zihua!!! Walk off the airport grounds and catch a cab leaving to go back to Zihua for as little as 10 dollars of a buss for as little as 1.50. You must be able to walk the one block and be really cheap like me!. You usually get approached by a cab with a cheap fair before you get off airport lot! He will even stop and you can grab a cold beer for a cheap price( rather than 5-6 bucks at the airport) at one of the many stores just outside airport property. Can not beat that for a vacation start!!!?

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      Anony Mouse says:


      “catch a cab leaving to go back to Zihua for as little as 10 dollars of a buss for as little as 1.50.”

      That doesn’t make sense. Is it 10 dollars or 1.50?

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        Anonymous says:

        Do you seriously not know the difference between a cab and a bus? Don’t post drunk.

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    Darrell Hobbs says:

    Andy Dufresne

    Andy Dufresne went here, he seemed happy.

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