Well, today is our last full day here in Ixtapa and the day that Alicia leaves for the great white north. We started the day with one last dump truck stopping run of 3.75 Km and a leisurely breakfast. After an hour on the beach, we put Alicia in a cab and sent her on her way. By-by Alicia!
Andrea and I spent the rest of the day lounging on the beach, which seems much more under control that it has the last couple of days. The waves are down to normal levels. The hotel has filled up with locals. The parking lot is full and there is evidence of preparation for a large wedding on the beach at the resort next door. We had one yesterday at our resort as well as a large graduation party in one/some of the inside meeting rooms. This place is way too busy.
We hung around to catch a sunset from our room before going to dinner at the Red Hauchinango Grill. We arrived around 7:30 PM and passed by several empty restaurants before settling on this one. It was a one man show tonight with Willie, our server, greeting and seating us, bring us drinks, taking our order, cooking dinner, and handling the bill. It is the first time we noticed this happening in a restaurant.
I had garlic snapper and it was absolutely the best fish I have eaten since we arrived. Willie is, shall I say, on the very large size. Obviously he has eaten too much of his own cooking. The price? Less than 400 pesos for two. (about $40.00) This place would be on the recommended list, if I had one.
We noticed that people were coming out looking for restaurants around 9 PM. You can tell that they are Mexican as they are all dressed up. Even the little kids.
As the sun sets on our Ixtapa visit, I thought you might find some impressions of the place useful. You never know when you might be looking for a place in Mexico to go for a vacation.
We all liked Ixtapa very much. Andrea and I have been to a number of the Mexican tourist areas and this one, by far, has made a very positive impression.
- The weather is consistent. This place is quite far south on the west coast and, as such, has high temperatures. Here we have been in the sun and low to mid 30’s throughout the whole visit;
- The place is a reasonable size. The hotel zone in Cancun is 21 Km long. The one here is 3 Km. It makes for a much more intimate experience;
- The beach is also one of the best I have seen in Mexico. It is wide and immaculately kept. There are teams of Mexicans sweeping the beach from end to end, picking up anything that does not belong from cigarette buts to coconut debris;
- The beach has no stones. There are no stones or shells so the only impediment to walking the beach is the hot sand, where the surf does not cool it;
- There are lots of restaurants. We tried a different one each night and never had a bad meal. Some were average but many were exceptional; and
- There is variety here. Ixtapa is the big flashy resort area but you can be in Zihuatanejo on the bus or in a cab within a few minutes. There you will find a more authentic smaller Mexican experience.
All in all, this location would be a recommendation for anyone. If you come, don’t pick an all-inclusive. There are too many wonderful local restaurants to experience.
We just heard from Alicia, who is in Houston tonight. She reported being checked in and through security at the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport in minutes. She did, however, experience an incident at the airport that Mexico should be ashamed of. As a girl traveling alone, it appeared that she was singled out for a luggage search. Her CHECKED luggage contained several cans of pop and shampoo and conditioner which were confiscated by a security attendant. When she questioned the seizure saying she was able to fly in with these materials in her checked luggage and asked why she could not fly out, she was advised that there are different rules for different airports. We think that some security person simply took advantage of the situation and stole the materials from her. Nice way to leave a positive impression of your country, Mexico! Drug lords are not the only problem here, it seems. You also have to guard against thieving airport security agents, as well!