Published: February 16th 2012February 16th 2012
Playa Azul Campground
We left Maruata Beach and stopped for an ill fated trip to Playa Azul. During an arduous day of driving, we had stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. Marsha and I had Shrimp Soup, which was served with the whole shrimp. We pulled out the shrimp, removed the heads and the shells and enjoyed our soup. I think I have finally learned my lesson with Shrimp. That night, we all went to a great Restaurant just down the street from the campground and pigged out on mole, chile rellenos, quesillas and beans and rice. Oh Yeah, cold beer too… It was raining all day, all night and still raining the next morning. The campground was a big mud pit, but we decided to stay rather than drive again on slick wet roads. Good thing! No sooner had we decided to stay, than I got sick. Immediately followed by Ray and Ed joining the fun. Marsha was sick earlier, so she managed to escape. I maintain it was the Bus stop food. Anyway, we had a sick bay for the day. The next day no one was feeling great, but we limped into Zihuatanajo. We were joined in the Campground by
Dinner at Paty´s
Dave, Marsha, Ray, Hanni, Nancy,JP,Michelle,Ed
a JP and Hannie from the Netherlands. They are traveling the world in their incredible camper. You have to see the pictures.
We had originally planned on camping at the El Manglar. But, when we arrived there was only 1 spot available. We had parked in front of a place that had a sign up as an RV park. Wow! We stumbled into the perfect place. Villas Los Arcos is owned by Dave and Nancy. The RV section is directly adjoining the Villas, behind large security gates. Red can run around the entire time and they have several dogs that he gets along well with. There is a beautiful pool area with lounge chairs that we have enjoyed. The best part however is Dave and Nancy themselves. They have been wonderful hosts and Ed has spent several hours shooting the breeze with Dave.
We went into town on Valentine’s Day. The Market was packed with school girls who were loaded down with flowers, balloons and stuffed animals. It was very interesting to watch. The flower arrangements were incredible and a fraction of what we would pay. We caught up with
Car on Valentines Day
Those are heart shaped post it notes all over the car
Ray and Marsha and strolled down to the Embarcadero for a cold one and Guacamole. Later that night Dave and Nancy led the way to a very nice Beach Restaurant, Paty´s were we enjoyed Margaritas and a very nice dinner. Actually, it was the best Margarita that we have had in a while. I had Tirita´s , a local dish of fish slivers marinated in lime with onions and peppers.
We rode the bus over to Ixtapa to see what there was to see…Okay; a beach with lots of all-inclusive high rises. It was very touristy. We had a beer and headed back to Zihaut. It was just too hot. We are still not feeling great, so lay by the pool, try to keep cool. Sunset at another Restaurant overlooking the beach . The Margaritas were not that good, the food was so, so, but they had a great view and there was very nice music. We were too lazy to move. Ah…Mexico! I think I´ll have another Margarita!
Our Last Evening we made another trip over to Paty´s for dinner. The skies had been cloudy since we got to Zihuatanajo, so this was
Yes, we are that tan
our first decent sunset here. We enjoyed a Sangria and Rum Punch while the sun went down and we were serenaded by lovely Mexican music. I had a wonderful dinner of Snapper Veracruz. I just love the fresh fish! Doesn´t that look Wonderful?
Ixtapa seems to be a tourist destination. The only Mexican people we saw were the workers or the occasional Mexican tourist. Zihuatanajo is primarily a Mexican town that works around the tourist. The beaches are beautiful. There are more boats here than any beach we have been to and it is also a little more expensive here. It is a large city with a small town feel. Very comfortable, very easy.
We have one last day to lie on the beach and then we head inland. I have loved the Beaches. But, we are tired of the sand. I know crazy right? But, we will head inland tomorrow for the Colonial Cities. Hannie and JP left this morning. They are headed in the same direction as us, so maybe our paths will cross again. The distances are not far in Mexico, but it takes you forever to get anywhere. If you
average 30 MPH you are doing pretty good. So, we will see how we like the Inland Cities. It can´t get too cool. I only packed 1 pair of jeans and 1 long sleeved shirt.
There are more photos below