With rock-bottom rates (you’d be hard-pressed to find all-inclusive beach resort pricing this low just about anywhere), Krystal Ixtapa is a good value option; it provides most of the amenities of a major beach resort for almost motel-like rates throughout much of the year. It attracts more families than couples, and can be crowded with kids. The beach is only decent at best by Mexico standards, the rooms are somewhat bare bones, the restaurants fail to impress (and there are just three to choose from, which is below average for an all-inclusive), and the fitness center has limited equipment; but the property offers a fairly large swimming pool area with a swim-up bar and a twisting water slide, an entertainment team that keeps activities going throughout the day, room balconies with great ocean views (especially from the upper floors), an on-site nightclub, and a close proximity to off-site shops and restaurants. Activities include parasailing, beach volleyball, cycling, and cooking and guacamole making classes. There’s a fairly good golf course within walking distance. Downtown Zihuatanejo, another coastal town, is about 10 miles away.
Complimentary on-site COVID-19 antigen testing is available for guests traveling back to the United States (up to two guests per room staying a minimum of three nights).