Cycling is very popular in Ixtapa and Fonatur has built many paved pathways solely for cycling. The paths start near the Marina.
One route goes south running parallel to Ixtapa Bvld and at the round-about in front of the Bayview Grand, turns left to follow the border of the Palma Real Golf Course on its eastern side and then climbs up the hill and across the brow and down into Zihuatanejo.
At the top of the hill you could take the back road into Zihuatanejo via Monte Cristo which is a lovely ride overlooking the cliffs and the ocean.
This is quite a climb so not recommended for those who don't want a strenuous workout.
The second route is far easier with only one small climb up form the Marina. Starting at the Marina you cross the causeway towards Porto Ixtapa and at the end of the Marina Golf Course head east up a slight rise to the main boulevard to Playa Linda.
Crossing the boulevard you enter the Ecological Reserve as you ride east of the hill along the lovely trail through the forest and then along the edge of the mangrove swamp.
This is a very picturesque ride and the trail is flat and wide.
Views along the trail through the Ecological Reserve up to the board at the view point which gives a brief overview of the wildlife in the area.
At this rest point, there is a boardwalk that juts out into the swamps and gives a fantastic vantage point to view the aquatic animals and birds.
The reed beds, that stretch for miles, team with birds of many kinds.
The trail exits from the Ecological Reserve at the Playa Linda bus terminal where there is a great viewing place for the crocodiles, iguanas and birds.
This is a favourite viewing spot for tourists and across the street is the souvenir market and the jetty to catch the boat across to Isla Ixtapa.
From here your can ride back besides the boulevard up the hill to Playa Quieta or continue along the bike trail for two kilometres to the end of Playa Linda and the caravan park.
The trail along Playa Linda follows the boulevard besides beautiful bougainvilleas to the end at the Caravan Park.
Here you can walk along the beach to the lagoon which is a fabulous place to view birds.
The pelicans fly in formation along the beach to this lagoon.
Some use this location as the launching point for their powered para-sails. It is also a lovely beach to stroll at sunset and one can often see riders on horseback.
A lone pelican, terns and white egrets besides the lagoon with a beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
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