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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 18th 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Our last full day here in Puerto Escondido. You know that old Jimmy Durante song (well, some of you might know it) "Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and then you had the feeling that you wanted to stay?" That about sums up my feelings right now. I'm ready to go home, but want to stay here, too. But I think I'm leaning more towards wanting to go home. We had breakfast at Dan's Cafe, then friend Gay gave us a tour of Dan's nice compound where she is staying. Looks like a fun place to live. Joe and I both had hour long massages at the Healing Hands. It wasn't marketed as a "couples massage" but we were in the same room with a curtain between ... read more
Healing Hands
Healing Hands
Healing Hands

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 17th 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014 Not much exciting to tell except that TODAY is son DAVE's birthday and we wish he could be here with us to celebrate. I haven't seen anything in Puerto advertising green beer tonight, so St. Patricks Day will come and go for us with no fanfare. Yesterday we went to town to the mercado one last time. We took our time and bought our produce and even looked at the clothes, decorative items, and junk. We thought it was the busiest we've ever seen it, Sunday is no day of rest for this town. Joe walked to the Point and we ate at another highly recommended restaurant, Bananas. Joe had the shrimp kabobs and I had traditional chili rellanos and we give the place five stars. The singer there was great, but ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 13th 2014

Thursday and Friday, March 13-14, 2014 The days sort of melt together. We eat our melon and mango, we sit on the beach and watch the surfers with the gang in the morning, Joe takes a walk to the Point and back, we swim in the afternoon, and go to Playa Zicatela for the sunset aways running into people we know. Friday night we finally ate at the Hotel Santa Fe, so many have suggested we go there. We had the chili rellanos which were made with raisins and almonds and some other spices. Very different than any other rellanos we've ever had, but they were quite good. We walked up the lookout on the beach and then had a drink at the Split Coconut. Walking home, we ran into four different couples that we knew ... read more
Playa Zicatela Sunset
Playa Zicatela Sunset
Dos Palmas at Night

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 9th 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014 Easy day to write about because we didn't do much. Ping the cat woke us up prematurely so we ate an early breakfast at Cafecito. We swam. Joe went shopping for fruit and coffee. I read a book. Joe cooked dinner...great quesadillas and rice and replicated that wonderfully refreshing limonada I had last night at the Pescador. He picked the limes from the tree in the yard where we swim in the pool. Joe did his laundry and I had great intentions of doing mine. And as every day, we met more Canadians. Joe just now jokingly told me he needs to get to bed early because he has a horseshoe tournament tomorrow. Life is tough. He's been reading about how to throw horseshoes on the internet. We'll see if it does ... read more
Playa Manzanillo
Playa Manzanillo
Red Snapper Feast

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 8th 2014

Sat., March 8, 2014 It was another early morning wake up alarm for us. We slathered on the sunscreen, walked up to the highway and waved down a colectivo that took us a few miles west where we got off to walk about a mile and a half to La Barre #1 where a surfing competition was being held. Our friend David told us the winners would be going on to compete in Ecuador. We were hoping to cheer for him but David wasn't there as he had to go meet with the city to fight them about the legality of him putting tables on the sidewalk in front of his cafe. The waves weren't exactly cooperating but we did see some pretty good surfers. We also liked seeing the bird life in the estuary there. ... read more
La Barre
La Barre
La Barre

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 7th 2014

March 7, 2014 A van arrived at our house at 7 am to take us to Manialtepec Lagoon which is 15 miles northwest of Puerto Escondido. We had booked a boat tour with ornithologist Mike Malone to view the many species of tropical birds. Manialtepec means "the place where water springs from the hills" and it is a lovely tranquil lagoon encircled by mangroves. We enjoyed the trip, the lagoon is alive with many bird species and we were impressed with our talented Mexican boatman's bird calls. Joe made several good spots for the group, too. We stopped for an early lunch at a rustic cafe set up on the beach and the owners made sopes for us which are simply little tortillas with beans and a little bit of cheese. The coconut water and beer ... read more
Docks at Manialtepec Lagoon
Manialtepec Lagoon
Manialtepec Lagoon

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Mazunte March 6th 2014

March 6, 2014 Roger would be proud of us. All by ourselves we stood by the highway and caught a bus to San Antonio (about 35 miles southeast of PE) and then a taxi took us the next 8 miles or so into the village of Mazunte and to the beach at San Augustinillo. We lucked out in that the bus was a 16 passenger van with very comfortable seats and a large tv. At first we thought we'd made a big mistake in getting on, but found out it was the same price as the big old "chicken buses." The San Augustinillo area is where the Gulf of Tehuantetec begins. We began the visit with a strange, but good, breakfast at an open air beach cafe. The coffee came, it was excellent. Ten minutes later ... read more
San Augustinillo Beach
My View from under the Palapa
Waiting and Waiting

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 4th 2014

March 3, 2014 Lazy day...breakfast at Cafecito...Joe and Roger played in the horseshoe tournament at the Split Coconut...Joe and I watched the surfers at sunset, got some tacos to go, and ate grapefruit frozen yogurt on the shop balcony. Had a panicky 15 minutes when I couldn't find my prescription sunglasses. Finally found them in Joe's eyeglass case. His glasses were on the dresser. The maid did it. Good thing we don't have a maid at home, we'd never be able to find anything. March 4, 2014 We were up early to walk east 1.2 miles along Playa Zicatela to The Point. We watched the surfers there for quite some time then ate breakfast at a great little cafe nestled in the palm trees. We hadn't explored this area before and thought it was charming. We ... read more
View for our rooftop terrace.
Another Sunset
Watching the surfers

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca March 4th 2014

March 2, 2014 Joe and Roger were up bright and early to hit the roads in the mountains north of town with their mountain biking guide Tallo and two Canadians. Joe and Roger thought that since they were all in the same age group that they'd be in the same league. Wrong. They were surprised when the Canadians rode quickly uphill away from them. That was when they learned one guy leads mountain bike trips in Nova Scotia and the other guy had been riding in the mountains near Puerto for the last six weeks. But Joe and Roger did their best to hold their own and they had a good day. They biked about 16 miles, climbing high enough that it actually started to feel cooler. They rode through several small villages and ended up ... read more
Joe's fellow riders
Giant tree

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido February 27th 2014

Wed., Feb. 26, 2014 Today was market day so we caught the little colectivo and rode it to the town market, got a few fresh fruits and vegetables, and ate lunch at Roger's favorite market cafe. Joe and I shared chili rellano tacos that were delicious. The rest of the day was spent taking it easy reading and catching up with email. Joe and Roger went to Playa Zicatelo for the sunset happy hour. Thurs. Feb. 27, 2014 Today was another terrific beach day. We three walked over to Playa Manzanillo to swim, snorkel, and eat some of the best guacamole I've ever had. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've had guacamole and chips for breakfast and lunch in one day. On the way home we took a scenic stone anador (walkway) of ... read more
Judy and some warriors.
Pretty Cafe Window
Roger on Playa Zicatela

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