Combining simple elegance with natural beauty and a commitment to improving the environment and the local community, Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel located on the western coast of Mexico, just 35-minutes south of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH). Nestled between the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains near the village of Juluchuca, Playa Viva is situated on a mile of pristine and private beach.
The property’s nearly 200 acres includes an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, a turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem, which supports an array of stunning wildlife. Playa Viva is close enough to the trappings of modernity yet still worlds away—providing immersion into the wonders of nature and escape to utter private relaxation.
The natural landscape and luxurious setting creates an escape from it all while providing a jumping off point for a host of adventures and experiences—from hiking to scuba diving to deep-sea fishing to bird watching and kayaking. It’s all here waiting for you—doing absolutely everything or simply nothing at all.
Playa Viva enjoys a year-round semi-tropical climate with approximately 300 sunny days a year and temperatures ranging from 23 to 33 degrees Celsius (73 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit). The rainy season lasts from late July to late September or early October, with an average rainfall of 300 millimeters (12 inches) per month. During the rainy season, the surrounding countryside comes alive with verdant grasses and fragrant blossoms. Juluchuca transforms itself from a semi-arid zone into a tropical forest busting with wildflowers, butterflies, birds and more.
The Best Time to Visit
Playa Viva is closed for the rainy season in August and September. When we reopen in early October, the landscape is “50 shades of green” and full of flowers and butterflies. The peak of the turtle nesting season is during the rainy season and with a 60-day gestation period, we release more baby turtles in October, November and December than other times during the year. In late December, the whales start to breach in the distance, and that magic lasts through March. The landscape begins to dry and the nights are much cooler in February and March. Low season starts again in April as nights get warmer and days get more humid. And then the cycle starts again.
Playa Viva is located near the small village of Juluchuca on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the State of Guerrero. A 35-minute ride from Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH), which is served by over 50 direct flights per week —half from Mexico City and the remaining flights from major North American airports including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver and Calgary. As a hotel guest, you’ll receive complimentary airport ground transport when you book a stay of three (3) or more nights.