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Your Mexican Beach Vacation: The People and their Family-Centered Lifestyle

When you book a Mexico vacation villa in Troncones for your next getaway, you get a lot more than a place to enjoy a luxury getaway. Because Troncones is a small village that has retained much of its charm and values, you also get a closer look at the culture and people of “real” Mexico. And with a focus on family, community, and making the most out of time spent with those you love, the Mexican culture is one that many people can never get enough of.

Family in Mexico

The Mexican culture is often synonymous with family. Although family plays a role in life just about everywhere, traditional Mexico takes it to the extreme. Mexico enjoys the lowest divorce rate in the world, and most children remain with their families until they marry (and even then, they may continue on to raise their own young families under the same roof). Family loyalty and taking care of the older generations are ingrained into the everyday lifestyle, and many of the businesses here are part of a long line of family-owned and -operated traditions. Much of this has to do with the strong Roman Catholic influence here, though just as much is influenced by the culture itself, which puts family before material gain.

In a small, traditional fishing village like Troncones, this family-centered lifestyle is even more prevalent. You’ll find restaurants and shops that have been part of the same family for generations, and the slower pace to life in general means that people take more time to appreciate the things that really matter.

For tourists and other visitors to Troncones, this type of environment does come with a few trade-offs. While you can expect a warm welcome to our fishing village and plenty of time to sit and chat with locals, you’ll also be asked to respect families in return. This might mean limited hours of operation for family-run businesses, a more trust-based payment system than might exist back home, and a real respect for Sundays and holidays.

Getting the Most Out of Your Mexican Beach Vacation

Here at Casa de la Sirena, we work hard to strike a balance between traditional Mexican family values and the type of luxury experience our guests expect. We also do our best to ensure that your entire family enjoys every minute here.

We’re happy to help you navigate the local culture in a way that best suits your idea of the perfect beach vacation. If that means immersing yourself in the local culture through festivals, religious ceremonies, and patronizing family-owned businesses, we can put you in contact with all the right resources. But if you are just as happy enjoying your family’s own experience on the beach and in your luxury accommodations, we can help with that, too.

Your definition of family time is the most important thing. The Mexican culture is all about enjoying what you have and making the kinds of personal connections that matter—and we bring that to life every day in our vacation villas along Mexico’s Costa Grande.

Culture and Tourism in and Around Zihuatanejo

If you’re thinking about traveling to the Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa region, you may want to take a few days to explore the rich culture in Zihuatanejo. Although this is a largely tourist area, with plenty of shops and beaches to fill your days, there is also a varied and complex past to the region. The city takes care to preserve and exhibit many parts of this past for those interested in the local history, and you can visit everything from museums to archaeological sites.

The History of Zihuatanejo

According to local legend, Zihuatanejo has been a resort town since the 1400s, having been first established as a royal bathing resort for the local king and his many wives. The area was inhabited before that, of course, and evidence of these early civilizations can be found in various dig sites and architecture. Various invasions by the Aztecs and the Spanish followed throughout the years, which is why the atmosphere here retains a unique and interesting mixture of all these different cultures.

Places to Visit in Zihuatanejo

Many of the ancient ruins are not open to visitors at this time, since preservation and discovery efforts are still going strong. If you do want to take a journey through historic Zihuatanejo, here are a few options to consider:

  • Museo de Arqueologia de la Costa Grande, a local museum that contains exhibits of ancient pottery and art from the area.
  • La Soledad De Maciel, located in the town of La Chole, is an archaeological site about 25 minutes from the center of Zihuatanejo. The site was originally uncovered in 1930, but it wasn’t until very recently that the government began excavations in earnest. The artifacts include those from the Tarascan, Aztec, Toltec, and Olmec civilizations.
  • Local artists are very active in the Zihuatanejo region, and there are a number of galleries and museums you can visit to view this modern work. From Fisherman’s Walk, where many open-air shops sell their wares, to galleries like Casa Bulmaro or Templo Maya, you can find everything from paintings and sculptures to handcrafted jewelry.
  • If you’re willing to explore a little outside the Zihuatanejo area, you can visit the towns of La Perica, Petatlan, and Murga, all of which have stone ruins, rock paintings, and petroglyphs that are open to the public.

Of course, much of the best culture to explore in Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, and neighboring Troncones are found all on your own. Getting to know the locals, visiting off-the-beaten-path sites, and buying artisan wares are all part of the Mexico vacation experience. As long as you take measures to ensure your safety as you explore, you can learn so much about life here in coastal Mexico — both today and throughout the centuries!

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