Ixtapan de la Sal sits in a valley and is sheltered by mountains with a population of 36,000 people. This town is most famous for the mining of salt. You will always find the weather to be pleasant and appealing in Ixtapan de la Sal. It hardly ever rains here even when neighboring cities are getting downpours. One of the hot attractions in the town is that of an elaborate water park. You will also encounter some very high end hotels and fancy boutiques as you get further in to town. With all the amenities and attractions this town does not lose its charm and quaintness. There is a central park where the locals frequent on the weekends and in the evenings that make it seem very home town. There is also a lot of partying that occurs late night at the bars and dance clubs.
The bus station is very close to the notorious water park they have become so famous for in Ixtapan de la Sal. One you get off the bus you can get to town shortly on foot or by Ixtapan combis for 4 pesos. If you need to get back to the bus station you should take a bus from one of the many resorts for around 23 pesos and you may take the Tres Estrellas de Centro bus to Mexico City in 3.5 hours for 80 pesos, Taxco in a couple hours for 42 pesos, and Toluca in about an hour for 38 peso. The Flecha Roja has buses that go to Acapulco for 200 pesos and takes 6.5 hours to travel there, Cuernavaca in 3 hours for 65 pesos and Taxco in 1.5 hours for 39 pesos.
The main road in Ixtapan is Juarez. Juarez is the road that leads to the water park, spa, and other resorts. The Allende road is parallel with Juarez and is also in close proximity to the resort areas. The other roads that crises-cross along these two parallel roads are Aldama, Constitucion, Independencia, and 16 de Septiembre.
If you would like to get more information on the area you can do so at the tourist office located on Allende and in the Municipal Baineario. The tourist office is open every day from 10am-5pm. If you need to exchange currency, cash travelers checks or use the 24 hour ATM you can do so at the Banamex located on Zaragoza and Allende. If you run out of money the Banamex also does Western union money wires. The bank is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. If you would like to explore the town and store your luggage while doing so you can store it at the bus station for 6 pesos per day. If you need emergency services you will find that the Police, Red Cross, and General Hospital are all in close proximity to Martires Plaza. There is also a very reliable pharmacy located on Allende called Madrid Farmacia. If you need to make a phone call or send a facsimile you can do so at the Telecomm. They are open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm and Sat 9pm-1pm. If you need internet signal you can go to the Cyberplanet internet cafe where you will pay 11 pesos per hour of internet service. They are open every day 9am-10pm. If you need the post office while you are here you will also find it on 16 de Septiembre and the postal code is 51900 and they are open Mon-Fri9am-4pm.