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A Dress for Andrea

Howdy,

Today was another perfect day here in paradise.  Sunny and 32 C again.

Today we headed into Ixtapa for lunch at the Pacifico resort.  We had a coupon  for 400 pesos (about $40.00) to use up.  Have you ever tried to spend $40.00 on breakfast in Mexico?  It’s a bit like the game you played as a kid where you tried to spend a million dollars out of the Sears Catalog.  It’s hard to do but we did it.  With a tip, we were able to spend it all.  (Murray, you’d have been proud)

Part of the lunch was a huge fresh fruit concoction that was to die for.  Take a watermelon and lop the bottom off it so it will sit flat on a plate.  Cut the melon off about 5 inches above the plate then take an ice cream scoop and dig 3 large holes in the watermelon.  Put the scoops of watermelon back on top of the watermelon, then stand full size slices of cantaloupe, honey-dew melon,  and papaya in the 3 watermelon holes.  Finish it off with a big old scoop of lime sherbet.  I’d love to show you a picture but we kind of got eating before I got the camera out and it was gone before I could take the picture!

We finished our shopping in Ixtapa and escaped before there were too many barriers set up to impede the traffic.  There is a huge triathlon here tomorrow.  Apparently it is an annual event and a very big deal here.  There is lots of preparation underway and we were warned that trying to get anywhere in Ixtapa tomorrow will be difficult.

I think I have been away from home too long!  All the mannequins here look particularly well filled out and all the stores have them.  They don’t seem to look the same as most of the people we see walking in the street but I will keep looking and let you know if I find a match.  😉  For some reason, that has now escaped me, I thought that this information might be useful to someone.

We were walking down the street and found a wedding shop with some dresses that are quite different from home.  (Alicia, pay attention)  They are really quite beautiful.  Andrea has picked out the gold one to wear to Alicia’s wedding. (Hehe)  If anyone is looking for wedding garb and likes these styles, we can give you the address.  They have pretty good pricing too.  These three are each between $400.00 and $600.00.

We found another massage place today.  This one was in town and provided a real good massage for 250 pesos.  (about $25.00)

We lost two of our group today.  Paige and Jay left for home.  We hope they are still following this blog because we need them to know what they missed tonight.

As we walk to and from town, we have been passing Lety’s restaurant but we have never gone in.  It turns out that this little place, above a fisherman’s bar is another Trip Advisor recommended restaurant.  It’s kind of on the wrong side of the tracks, or in this case river and looks a tad local.  It’s one of those places that you would normally just walk by.

Julie, Ed and us walked to the small second floor restaurant and seated ourselves at one of the dozen or so tables and ordered coconut shrimp.  After all, it was the specialty of the house.  The owner, Lety herself, came out and introduced herself to us and thanked us for coming then headed off to the kitchen to prepare our order.

The second floor location provides a nice view of the public pier, across the river.  Lety tells us that she has owned the restaurant for about three years.  The decor was already there when she opened the restaurant.  Would you have guessed from the wall art that it was a fisherman’s bar?

The food was excellent!  The coconut shrimp was done perfectly and the shrimp were a good size.  This place gets a double thumbs up for great seafood, authentic atmosphere, friendliness, and being close to our hotel.  Too bad we have been walking by instead of walking in!  Too bad, Paige and Jay, you missed another great one.


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Zihuatanejo Preview

Hi travellers,

I’m flattered to let you know that for the last three days there have been over 100 hits per day to our little travel blog.  Very nice.  Thank you to everyone following us.  Remember if you want to see larger images, click on them and a larger version will open.  With some browsers, if you click the image after it opens it enlarges it further.

Alicia took me running this morning at about 7:30.  We hit the hills this time and covered about 2.5 kms.  I’m going to miss Alicia when she goes home tomorrow.  She keeps me company when running and sunning.  Crossing the streets is also quicker and safer with her in the lead because cars stop for her.  While running this morning the dump trucks coming out of a construction site stopped while we crossed the street.  I’m pretty sure they would have driven right over me if I had been alone.

After breakfast we went in search of another massage as today is Alicia’s last whole day here.  Andrea had spied a small operator right next to the hotel, on the beach and we had grand plans of squeezing the minimum price out of them.  Unfortunately, they appeared to take the day off.  Anyways, nobody turned up at the shop.  Not giving up, Andrea had spotted another beach massage down the beach next to Senior Frog’s.  As we approached it, three of the girls met us to sell us massages.  They wanted 300 pesos ($30.00).  Alicia told them that their completion down the beach only charged us 250 pesos ($25.00).  I asked for a better price because we were three.  We got the massages for 200 pesos ($20.00) each and the massages were much better than our last ones.  These girls actually knew how to massage!  Now that we have established a rate, we will get the same rate any time we decide to return.

After our massages and being all greased up, we headed back to the hotel to grab some sun at the pool and take advantage of not having to apply any oil.  The hotel is quite busy today.  It seems that lots of locals come to this area on weekends.  We were told that the local vacation time is July and that is when they expect hotels and restaurants to fill again.  They are setting up for another outside wedding today, with dinner tables and a dance floor all set up on the lawn and chairs on the beach for the actual service.  This wedding is not as elaborate as the one last weekend.  Alicia is thinking of putting a deposit down for a wedding at some future date when she snags a man!

Today’s towel art was a mermaid for Alicia and something quite beautiful but yet to be identified for Andrea and I.  Can you help us identify the piece on the left?  These people have too much time on their hands, I think.

The nurse got to choose a dinner place because it was her last night.  She selected Tata’s restaurant in Zihuatanejo where we were last Monday for the great shrimp dinner right on the beach.  Because of this, you get a little preview of what Zihuatanejo looks like.  It is very different from Ixtapa!  We jumped on the bus right outside our hotel and I couldn’t help taking this shot of one of the riders.  She is such a cutie!

Umberto, from the restaurant remembered us from our previous visit and served us another great meal.  After dinner, we moved out on the beach as some of the local kids were performing in the surf.  This is one of those kind of things you run into when you are least expecting it when travelling.  There were a dozen or so kids all lined up along the beach to board the waves coming into the beach.  They would run toward the water on a 45 degree angle to it.  They would throw their board down on the sand just next to the water and as the board slid into the water they would jump on it.  There were some very talented kids there and I hope you enjoy the images.  There were some superb crashes!

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On the way back to the bus, we passed a bar that had swings for seats.  You will see what I mean.  More details on Zihuatanejo when we move there on Saturday.


A Trip Down the Beach

Howdy,

It is now 9:30 PM and it is still 30 C.  We are having great weather!

Andrea just let us in on a secret!  She reported the resort had no hot water.  Strangely enough, Alicia and I both have had all the hot water we wanted!  Gotta give Andrea a lesson on how to use the fancy shower controls.

Today we were up early.  Alicia and I went for a run down to the Marina and back, about 3.5 Km.  It was warm!  Andrea went to the pool and snagged herself one of those cabana thingies with the big thick mattresses and the sheets that blow in the breeze.  You can see them in the image of the pool in yesterday’s posting.  We spent some time at the “empty” pool then headed to the restaurant at the Hacienda de Ixtapa, across the street from our resort and down about a block.  We had a great breakfast!  Fresh squeezed juice, fruit plate, Mexican eggs (scrambled eggs with salsa), toast and coffee for 59 pesos (about $5.50).  We will be back here.  This place offered 11.8 pesos for the Canadian dollar, which was better than the rate at the airport yesterday.  Andrea changed some money at the bank today and got 11.75 pesos per dollar.

After breakfast, I headed down the beach with the camera and found a few things to shoot.  See the “A Trip Down the Beach” section for some images.

Later, we walked down the beach to the Massage place we found yesterday.  The three of us had an interesting “rub down”.  The massages were less massage than a heavy rub down but certainly worth the $25.00 fare for an hour treatment.  You felt worked over and heavily oiled!  The ambiance was amazing.  Gentle breezes with the sound of crashing breakers 30 feet away, along with the scent of the sun baked palapa roof all made for an interesting and relaxing experience.

Next was a trip across the street from our hotel for some Gelato.  I tried a lemon one that tasted a lot like sherbet.  Very refreshing.  22 pesos (about $2 bucks)

My idea for dinner tonight was to hop a local bus and head over to Zihuatanejo and find a place to eat.  Bus fare is 8 pesos (about $0.70) and all the busses that pass in front of our hotel go to Zihuatanejo.  It took about 20 minutes or so to get us there, where we headed down to the playa (beach).  There is a malecon (walkway along the water) lined with restaurants.  Once again we found that there are very few people using the restaurants.  We are told that it is a combination of too many “all inclusive” resorts and it being the off season.  After inspecting all the potential restaurant’s menus, we settled for a place called Mariscos Tata’s that was right on the beach.  The food was excellent and very inexpensive.  All three of us had shrimp and the total was only 460 pesos (about $45.00).

A Trip Down the Beach

Here is a collection of images I took today, while strolling down the beach.  Hope you enjoy them.

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The above are taken around our resort.

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xAnd finally, towel art that we found in our room today.


Massage $25 – Para Sailing $20

Hi gang,

Well, today is Sunday, sunny and 33 C.  Someone finally kicked the hotel Internet in right place so I can post this from our room instead of having to find an Internet Cafe.

Today we headed to the Pacifico resort on the hill down the beach from us.  If you check out the “Down the Beach” image from yesterday’s post, you will see a hill at the end of the beach with buildings all over it.  This was our target.

We found our way to the resort by a short cab ride for breakfast, the view and a tour of the resort.  It is an amazing place and you can see all the way down the beach.

We were at this very restaurant 10 or 12 years ago for lunch.  We were staying in Acapulco at the time and drove up to this area for a look-see.  We stayed overnight and returned to Acapulco the next day.  Ixtapa sure has grown since that time.  There were only half a dozen resorts down the beach at that time and now it is pretty well full.

We took a tour of some of the units in the Pacifico and enjoyed the views.  It would be a great place for people who never leave their suite!  Most of the units had cool pools on their deck.  Some had their showers designed in such a way as the upper 3 feet was open to the outside.  Showers with views!  Nice Mexican shacks!

Following our tour, we returned to the beach below on a cable car.  It was in operation when we were here last time and it is still widely used to ferry guests up and down to the beach.

We walked back to our resort on the beach, stopping to check prices for Massage ($25.00 per hour) and Pará sailing, which we have been informed will be a mandatory activity for some of us on Tuesday.  We were told we could expect prices around $35.00 per person, but were quoted $25.00, which was reduced to $20.00 as we walked away.

We grabbed some pool time at the resort.  This resort is a combination hotel and time share so the 100% guest turnover each weekend was not evident.  There are definitely fewer people here today although not as few as we had expected.  The pool is actually too warm to be refreshing.  It is more like a warm bath.

Around 7PM, it was announced by the women that after major research, (they looked at a map) a dinner restaurant had been selected and that we should get under way.  We walked 15 or 20 minutes down the road to the Marina area.  This is at the opposite end of the beach from the Pacifico resort, that we visited this morning.

The Marina is somewhat like the one in Puerto Vallarta, in that there is a light house containing a lounge at the top and restaurants lining the edge of the Marina.  Unlike Puerto Vallarta, this Marina has crocodiles in the water, as the sign attests.  There are a half-dozen or so restaurants here, none of which had any patrons.  We were literally the only people looking to have dinner!  Nice to have your own private restaurant with all the staff to attend to your needs.  This truly is the off-season.