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Published: March 2nd 2010
On Thursday we hopped a bus north to go to the market at La Penita, which is the commercial town that serves the town of Rincon de Guayabitos which is right next to it, connected by a walking bridge (yes, another swinging bridge). For those of you at work, Guayabitos is the place that Jason Liggett stayed when he went to Mexico around Christmas time. Anyway, the market was three to four times bigger than the one in Bucerias, with much more selection and many different items. Have a look at some of the fantastic pictures that Steve took at the market here. Once again, the colors, the sounds, and the smells almost overwhelm the senses. It took us a couple of hours to wander through this fascinating place. Then, tired and hot, we found a busy little restaurant to sit and rest our feet and have some lunch. It was kind of funny - to keep the orders straight, the ladies working in the back at the grill kept the orders in their mouths as they worked on each one!
The city of La Penita was much like Bucerias - the typical smaller Mexican town. But once we crossed
the bridge to Guayabitos, we found where the people with money live. Wow - this was really a different world over here! The houses were finished and very nice, the yards were maintained, the streets paved and landscaped. What a difference! Although, as we walked around, there were different neighborhoods, just like at home, and not all were as lavish as the first few streets and houses that you find when you first cross the bridge. The other thing that struck us about this place is that there seemed to be more gringos than Mexicans! It was a really hot day, so we made our way down to the beach. The beach road in La Penita was nothing but sand, with the sand piled up high against abandoned buildings and half burying palm trees. We wondered if they had had a bad storm through here in recent years that destroyed the beach road. Then, once we got over to Guayabitos, big nice houses backed onto a little stream which backed the beach, with little curved bridges leading from the residential areas to the beach area. There was also a public access bridge, which we took. It reminded me a bit
of the Venice area in Los Angeles. The beach was beautiful! Wide and long, with fine sand and gentle waves. The water stayed very shallow for a really long ways out - perfect for little ones or those of us just wanting to get our feet wet.
After walking a long ways along the beach, we were hot and tired once more, so stopped at the first little beach restaurant we came to for a drink and a rest. It had colorful umbrellas right on the sand, and was really a pretty sight. Even after resting in the shade, we were both exhausted and overheated. We found our way onto the streets again, and walked along for quite a while looking for the highway and hoping to find a bus station in Guayabitos. Finally we asked someone who spoke English, who told us that we were halfway between the Guayabitos and La Penita bus stops, and since there was not station at Guayabitos, just a stop on the highway, we were better off continuing on to La Penita, where we come in. We made it of course, but I think I was close to having heatstroke by the time
we got there. Thank goodness the bus was comfortable and air conditioned. I felt almost human again by the time we got back to Bucerias. Another fun, interesting and tiring day of our vacation!
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