Escaping to Zihuatanejo was the only thing keeping fictional expat and excon, Andy Dufresne (from the film classic The Shawshank Redemption), hopeful and inspired. We couldn’t help but to recommend it as this week’s Monday Escape.
In the movie, Dufresne dreams about one day being free and owning a small hotel on the beach in Zihuatanejo. Upon hearing of this dream, Andy’s jailhouse friend, Red, coined the famous phrase, “Zi… what?”, which has become popular for visitors of the place. The name actually means “place of women”, as it was once the home of a matriarchial society.
Today the city houses a population of just over 60,000, all of whom get to regularly observe those spectacular sunsets over the Pacific.
Zihuatanejo’s Playa Las Gatas is protected by a rock wall which, legend has it, was originally constructed in pre-Colombian times by a Tarascan leader to provide safe swimming for the area’s women and children. Later, Spanish Conquistadores believed the city to be a land of beautiful Amazon women, gold & precious gems.
You could say this region has been popular with resort goers for centuries. That also means transportation in and out of the city is easy to come by, via highway or by air.
We think all of those legends, whether real or fictional, can’t be wrong. Book yourself a stay in Zihuatanejo and find out for yourself!