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Zihuatanejo has a very interesting history, according to legend; Zihuatanejo was a vacation destination for a Tarashan King named Calzonin. He would often travel here with his wives, helpers, and a few bodyguards to enjoy the
sun, sand and sea, and thereby became the first known tourist.
This town of 40,000 and its neighbor, Ixtapa, being only a short drive from Mexico City, as well as a favorite port for several cruise lines, continues to be a vacation destination for Mexicans as well as travelers from various parts of the world.
During it’s colorful past, pirates, such as Sir Francis Drake and Admiral George Anson, have used its port as a refuge from storms and more likely to lie in wait for the opportunity to attack the Spanish Armada and the merchant galleon fleet on their way to the Philippines.
Many traveling boaters spend the winter in its well protected bay, while enjoying the many amenities available such as dining, sightseeing, visiting ancient Mayan ruins, or simply enjoying the beach and the laid back lifestyle associated with this area.
Zihuatanejo was probably the first pre-Columbian tourist destination in America.
Originally Spaniards called the city “Ciguatan” and later added the ending of “ejo” to refer to a “small place”.
Consequently, in old Spanish books, maps, and documents, the city’s is marked as Cigua, Ciguatan, or Ciguatanejo.
About 200 years later, the name underwent its final change to Zihuatanejo, as it is known today.
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