Tucked into the northeast corner of warm, blue Zihuatanejo Bay, Playa Madera is a curving quarter-mile of white & gray sand. The surf is easy enough for kids of all ages to boogie board. There are a few places to eat; our favorites are MJ & Ritchie’s for lunch and Bistro del Mar for fine dining under the stars.
Local families and Mexican tourists help keep the beach relaxed and low-key. Morning joggers can run into town and back along a half-mile path cut through the rocks to the west. During the day, little kids, old folks, and lovers on holiday play in the 80-degree water. In the evening, before sunset, teenaged guys play soccer with spirit, but no yelling. Claro, it’s Mexico.