Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo is the dream “getaway” talked about in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”.

If you have seen the movie you will likely remember this conversation between the 2 main characters Andy and Red.

When I get out of here,’ Andy said finally, ‘I’m going where it’s warm all the time.’ He spoke with such calm assurance you would have thought he had only a month or so left to serve. ‘You know where I’m goin’, Red?’


‘Zihuatanejo,’ he said, rolling the word softly from his tongue like music. ‘Down in Mexico. It’s a little place maybe twenty miles from Playa Azul and Mexico Highway 37. It’s a hundred miles north-west of Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?’

I told him I didn’t.

They say it has no memory. And that’s where I want to finish out my life, Red. In a warm place that has no memory.’