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Tequila + Cigars
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Horchata is a refreshing
cold drink made of rice, almonds, cinnamon (canella), lime zest and
sugar. This drink is rumored to be a cure for a hangover and is
frequently served at breakfast time. Even though the drink has a milky
appearance it is completely dairy-free.
Tiritas - Similar to Ceviche,
except that the fish is cut in strips instead of cubed. Tomatoes,
cilantro and orange juice are not added... just fish, chiles and
onions... red onions, julienned not chopped. You'll have a better chance
of getting great tiritas rather than ceviche in local restaurants these
days (just my opinion).
Huachinango Frito - Fried Red Snapper
Calzone is an Italian turnover made of
pizza dough and stuffed with cheese (usually Mozzarella cheese and
Ricotta, but some varieties contain Parmesan, Provolone or a locally
substituted cheese), meat, vegetables, etcetera. The dough is folded
over, sealed on one edge, baked (or occasionally deep-fried), and often
served with Marinara sauce (a sauce based on tomatoes and basil) or
Bolognese Sauce (a meat sauce).
Tacos Al Pastor are made from pork meat
that has been marinated in a secret recipe and then cooked in a
rotisserie with pineapple on top. The tacos should be very small (almost
like 2 bites size) and garnished with cilantro (coriander), chopped
onion and the pineapple. Add your favorite hot sauce.
Mole is the undisputed national sauce
of Mexico. Its a blend of chocolate, chilies, garlic, onions and
nuts. Chocolate is an ingredient, but if cooked properly, only a
hint remains discernible by the time the sauce is served over turkey,
chicken, seafood, pork or roasted vegetables.
Pozole is a soup or stew made from hominy, with pork (or other
meat), chili, and other seasonings and garnish (lettuce, oregano,
cilantro, avocado, radish, etc.). You want Pozole Verde.
Chiliquiles - cheese-topped mixture of
tortillas, fried crispy with mild onions, drenched in sauce.
Sounds deliciious - I can hardly wait to have some. Here's a recipe.
Huevos Rancheros - A classic Mexican
breakfast dish meaning "eggs ranch-style" or "eggs
country-style" in Spanish. The dish traditionally was served
at the large mid-morning breakfast, or almuerzo, on rural farms where
workers had a much smaller meal at dawn. The basic version of
huevos rancheros consists of corn tortillas fried lightly, and fried
eggs with a tomato-chili sauce. Refried beans (frijoles refritos),
slices of avocado, fried potatoes, and extra chili peppers are common
accompaniments. Scrambled eggs can be used instead of fried eggs.
Machacha is dried beef mixed with
Tampiquena is steak, beans, roasted
peppers, guacamole, whipping cream, tortillas etc. Refers to
"in the style of Tampico", a stule carne asada originating in
Mexico, specifically from the Tampico Club in 1939.
A molcajete is a stone tool, the
traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle, used for grinding
various food products. Traditionally used to grind maize into masa
for use in food items such as tortillas and tamales, molcajetes are now
most often used to crush and grind spices, and prepare salsas, moles and
guacamole. Molcajetes can also be used as a cooking tool, where it
is heated to a high temperature using an open fire or hot coals, and
then used to heat its food contents.
"Salchicha and Huevos" -
Although strictly speaking, Salchicha is sausage in Spanish, I
understand it is not sausage and eggs. It's hot dogs and eggs.
Mojitos are a light rum (as in
using light rather than dark rum - may be the only light thing about
it!) drink with
lime, sugar, soda & mint sprigs originating from Cuba.
Chicharones are fried pig skin
or what we commonly call 'crackling' - almost impossible to find these
days in your average grocery store or meat market here in Canada.
small cornmeal cakes which you can top with a variety of items, beef,
cheese and onions, tomatoes and olives, . . .
Pico de Gallo
is basically salsa but with less liquid so it doesn't run all over the
really stews. Tingas are related to moles but are a true blend of
Spanish cooking techniques and Mexican ingredients. Onions and garlic
are sauteed, tomatoes added, then stock, herbs and spices and the
mixture is simmered to make a sauce. The precooked meat and, usually,
chorizo sausage are then added, with canned chipotle chile.
a fried dough which forms a pocket in the middle -- much like a
donut. The center is opened and filled with chicken/beef or
whatever you choose, plus onions and tomatoes, cheese and similar items.
ice with lime juice and then beer over top.
Pulpo - is
Mojo de Ajo -
is garlic sauce
+ LIGHT (ER) EATING: (Poco Pesos)
comments after each place are those of others, not my own unless so
PERLA ~ On La Ropa - The service was friendly and fast and the food very
good: guacamole, chicken Cordon Bleu, Ceasar salad, pulpo al Mojo de Ajo
and 2 beers: 340.00 for 2. Sports Bar & home of the Walk-In
LA CASA CAFE ~ Pedro and family
moved from Oregon seven years ago and run a great breakfast place. And
Pedro is most knowledgeable about what is going on and willing to sit
down and share. First cup if coffee is free, place is so relaxed,
everyone is so friendly. Closed Mondays. Website
SALVADOR'S ~Located at the end of
the canal bridge stairs down the street from La Gula on Calle Adelita,
you sit in a modest cafe surrounded by a pretty little garden. The food
is prepared with care and skill with generous portions, fresh squeezed
juice and coffee that are included and interesting side dishes. The
prices (factoring in all the side dishes and portions) are cheapest of
any place we found. The owner is a polite caring person with a ready
smile who truly takes pride in his little outdoor cafe. Also a
good place to get a beer ($8 pesos) on the way back from
PATY'S MAR Y MAR ~ on
La Ropa for breakfast. They have fabulous French Toast. Also
open for lunch and dinner at very reasonable prices. + Coconut
ice cream. Chock full of coconut and was really good. Each
bowl had three scoops and two sugar wafer cookies for 35 pesos each!
MARGARITA'S ~ Next to Coconuts
in Zi. Good breakfasts, lunches and dinners for a reasonable price. Unless
you are a carb fanatic leave the pasta alone. Mexican pasta is big on
noodles, skimpy on sauce. + Had Chilaquilles at Margarita's one
morning, they were the best I have had in Zihua (16 visits in 14 years) Website
MI CHAYITO for Chinese food on
Vincente Guerrero. Has Mexican food also.
POZOLE ALLEY is not a eatery but
a street or, more appropriately, lane off Nicolas Bravo No3. Here
at RICOMAR you find the best Pozole and we were finally on time
for Thursday`s Pozole Verde. A broth of tomatillos and pumpkin seeds
with hominy corn. Side accompaniments are chicharones, radish, avocado,
lime, chopped white onion and green chilies. A substantial meal for only
EL MERCADO The open market
on Vincente Guerro is happening in the early morning before it gets too
hot to handle. Comedor Delia is a place I like to frequent. Delia and her
team of cooks, make the best tortitas de papas (potato cakes), giant
chile rellenos, a simple fried fish or caldo de chivo (goat) or caldo de
pancita (tripe). All priced between 30 and 40 pesos, the plates
are served with rice and beans and radish garnish and all the fresh made
tortillas you can eat. For those still hesitant about eating in
the market, I can't stress enough, the food prepared is absolutely
fresh, bought that morning, fish caught that morning, do give it a
chance. It is a wonderful
place for breakfast or early lunch. Observe the places that are the most
crowded. I particularly adore tortitas de papas, chiles rellenos or a
beautiful piece of fresh fish done mojo de ajo style. +
Comida Corrida – similar to a blue plate
special - at Fonda Paloma in the Central Market - always very neat and
extremely clean. The women who work there are exceptionally pleasant and
DONA LICHI ~ Breakfast -
the best. They serve hand made tortillas. This restaurant is on Los Cocos.
Los Cocos is the street behind the Market and the restaurant is down a
couple of blocks. It is shorter to come from the other way.
ROSSY'S ~ On La Ropa and always
popular on the board's for a beach hangout and breakfast or lunch. + We
ate numerous times, breakfast and lunch, at Rossy`s, friendliest staff,
good prices, good food. Rossy's is a good place to hang with never
a minimum or cover charge for a lounge chair & umbrella. +
We asked if we could get a big platter of
grilled seafood, and that's exactly what we got. Grilled garlic shrimp,
lobster, fish, and breaded oysters. It was sooooo good!!! It took up
most of our table. We finished our meal with banana flambe with banana
NUEVA ZEALANDIA ~ On
Calle Cuauhtemoc #23. A
longtime favorite meeting place for breakfast and lunch.
MJ & RICHIE'S ~
On Play Madera THE Best Beach Café in All of Mexico! ~~~ Many
great comments on this one. ~~~
POLLO FELIZ ~ Talk
about good food. We ordered the whole chicken and fries. With water was
92 pesos. We even took about half the chicken back home.
% FRESH - at
Plaza Kioto has good breakfasts & marvelous fresh juices.
PUEBLITO ~ Off the beaten path (past the Mercado, more or less
on Jose Morelos) the entrance is hard to find, but once inside you are
in a living piece of history. You can spend 30 minutes just wandering
around looking at the old hacienda. The courtyard where the food is
served is beautiful. The food is authentic...and on my two visits I was
only one of two English speaking visitors. Ask for Lucio...he is a
waiter with good English and a great sense of humor. 170 brands of
Tequila + Lamb Barbocoa (BBQ) on Sundays. Open from Noon 'til 10PM
CASA ARCADIA ~ downtown, right
at sea level on the beach. Bloody Marys, a couple of beers, a plate of chips
and fresh salsa (pico) and a plate of fresh guac...cost was 70 pesos.
$6.30. Dinners also good. This restaurant is number 25 on
the Zihua downtown maps... it's not really listed... it's the next to
the last restaurant along the downtown beach, furthest from the pier,
near the Museum. It is away from the bulk of the downtown restaurant
action but they really do things right. Margarita's - Big, slushy,
plenty of booze and so icey cold that they give you automatic brain
freeze. Six dollars for one. Paseo del Pescador #6
CENADURIA ANTELIA ~ Simple
Mexican fare, no "Mexican" decor, just Mexican families and
people (and some smart Gringos). One block in from Benito Juarez and
Pedro Ascensio." We concur. Best meal we have had here, and by far,
the least expensive. Their Chicken Tamales are $6 pesos and the
chicken is all pure white, nicely shredded.
DON MEMO'S ~ On
Pedro Ascencio near Angela's Hostel about a block from Cuahutemoc.
We ran into this very small outdoor dining with 6 tables on a small
porch in an alley. I would call this an Italian restaurant with some Mexican
menu items. We were both starved for some pasta and tried this small
eatery. We both had a Insalata Mista which was excellent. I had pasta
with a rich Bolognese sauce and my wife had pasta pesto with two
glasses of red wine a piece. I am half Italian and have eaten at some
excellent Italian restaurants and this was one of the best pastas, done
to perfection with a great meat sauce, that I have ever had. There is
only one waiter that serves the diners and he is very personable and attentive.
By the way the meal was 26 dollars and the portions would feed 2-3
people but our plates were empty at the end of the meal. Mr. Memo
usually works behind the bar and helps out where needed.
TAMALES Y ATOLE ANY ~ Tamales
"Any" (pronounced Ah-nee's) for breakfast, lunch or dinner. During the busy
season, go on Thursday night for the dance show. Everyone seems to know
about this place and I have yet to hear an unkind word. Prices are very
reasonable. If you are lucky, Jose will be the host when you come in.
Great guy who sets the tone for a marvelous experience. Were the rest of
the world run like Tamale's, what a wonderful world it would be. +
Tamales Any had a large selection of wonderful breakfast meals that were
always hot and accompanied by delicious side dishes. + For dinner we
went to "Any's" again. The food and the service were excellent
as usual. One rarely sees locals eating at the more upscale places, but
this is not the case at "Any's", which speaks well for the
quality of their food and the prices. ~~~I've seen many comments
on Any's and all of them were positive.~~~
LA HACIENDA ~ (Ixtapa)....I've
written about this restaurant before but have never seen anyone else
write about it. This amazes me since it is our favorite Ixtapa
restaurant. Their dinners are so delicious and so reasonably
priced....wonderful garlic shrimp, Grande something, I can't recall.
It's located across from the Barcelo. Every year my husband
says to me "Why do you keep complaining that nobody knows about
this place...do you want to stand in line?" + We loved it. So we went back this year, then we went back again and
then again. It's almost directly across the street from the
Inter-Continental Presidente. It's
not fancy looking and doesn't have an eye-catching menu. My favorite is the Shrimps "Costa Grande." The quality
of the shrimp was excellent.....plump, firm and tender. The sauce was a spicy
garlic. It's served with fresh vegetables and rice for $12. The
"Guerrero" plate is excellent at $8 and our friends loved the
Fish Brochette "Virreyna" which was, I think $9. Every time we
went we got either a free appetizer or a free second glass of wine.
I highly recommend ordering the Mexican coffee after dinner. They actually pull out
the cart and make it at your table....they even do the flaming orange
peel thing. Joel is always our waiter and he is the sweetest man.
CASA BAHIA ~ Right up there
though a bit more informal than some other places (the kind of place
Jimmy Buffett would like). + We also like Casa Bahia in
Puerto Mio. Very good food and a view of the bay that rivals Kau Kan except
you're looking in the opposite direction. Has a new (2006) deck upstairs. Good food and
reasonable prices. On the El Almacen
in Zi. 554-8666 Website
BEANS ~ (Ixtapa) across from the Intercontinental - new in 2006
and another restaurant by Deb of Norma Y Deb. Great for breakfast
& lunch. Website
RICOMAR ~ In Pozole Alley (see
above in Light Eating). + Our best meal in 10 days was in
town at the Ricomar, 6 meals w/beverages for $13usd...great enchiladas
SANKA GRILL ~ The
best tacos in town. Calle Ejido #22 ~~~Another place that always seems
popular with 'Zihua Old Hands'. ~~~ 554-6136 / 554-6137
DANIEL'S ~ Good, large
margaritas and excellent shrimp and salad. Open for Breakfast,
Lunch + Dinner. On Paseo del Pescador Website
EL MANGLAR ~ for lunch or
dinner. This is truly a unique restaurant in a "jungle"
environment just off the beach (and next to the crocs) at the end of La
Ropa. You won't find a more friendly host than owner/ waiter
"Memo" (Bill). Rosa cooks up great food. Prices are
reasonable. One large crocodile was basking on the beach behind
the fence. Closed on Wednesdays.
JAROCHO ~ discovered
this restaurant late into the trip. We had an excellent lunch, excellent
service, very good food and extremely clean. .
Nicholas Bravo + H. Galena in Zihua Open for Lunch + Dinner.
~~~Think this is the restaurant I took pictures of that was just being
finished in 2005.~~~
Caille Adelita. It's just a tiny place with a 3 choice menu that
changes daily & the food & service were wonderful, and so are
the owners. truly charming in every way.
+ FINER DINING:
MARE ~ in Zihua
overlooking the bay is very nice. Fernando the owner is quite a
character. + We've been going here since Fernando first opened. It
is, in my opinion, by far the best. The food is wonderful, the view is
wonderful, the service is wonderful. And if you want to get all dressed
up for a special night, great. If you don't, that's ok too. I love this
place.....so had to go 3 times. ~~~Always gets positive
comments. Italian and Greek based cuisine.~~~ 554-9067 Website
LA CALA ~ at Puerto Mio in
Ixtapa is beautiful. Set down in a cove at the water with terraced
dining. Lighting by the waters edge is very romantic. Juanito entertains
+ Enma one of the owners is quite sweet . She is a pleasure to talk
with. The most beautiful restaurant I've been to in Mexico. . . If
you want romantic, this is the place. The best part for me was watching
the resident sea turtle swim back into the bay after dark, fighting the
waves to find just the right sport to spend the evening. I wasn't as
impressed with the food but was still glad we went because it was so
beautiful. + This is really a
magical restaurant, romantic, food is great, wait staff superb! You will
not be able to see the sun setting so go after dark and enjoy the candle
light. Enma took wonderful care of us getting us our table by the
water. You must try the chocolate souffle. Email Enma and she will
be happy to take care of your reservations. firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Try La Cala in Zihua. Romantic setting and good food. Take a
taxi though, it is difficult to find at night. Emna is a lovely
hostess and the setting is hard to beat - waves lapping a few feet from
your table. Overall good food and good service. Tel. 755-7075 Website
AMULETO ~ Rang bell several times before being admitted and then treated with some
suspicion until our reservation was confirmed. Had one of their potent
margaritas and an excellent meal. + Their margaritas are still the
best we've had in Zihua. I had an excellent chilled roasted red pepper
soup and a great scallop salad. The entree, on the other hand, was a
different matter. + The ambience of Amuleto can't be beat, and we'll
return again next winter. . .set up in the hills, looking out onto the
stunning bay and the lights of Zihua. Don't miss the leek and mussel
quiche. + Amuleto appears from the outside as if it is a private
home. I didn't notice even so much as a sign to tell you what it was. Go
to the large ornate wooden door and ring the buzzer/intercom. Once
inside - an absolutely gorgeous place.. the architecture.. the interior
design and the VIEW. + Great view, food, service and
the best margaritas in town. + Great food, good service, the best view
and the tastiest margaritas we've found in the area. Sunset cocktails
would be lovely here. Reservations are necessary: 544-6222.
NO credit cards accepted. Website
LA GULA ~ Upstairs on Calle
Adelita in Madera neighborhood. Look for the flags below an
upstairs window. What can I say? It is still putting out
consistently good platters of food. It was the prefect "first
night in Zih" dinner stop for us . .. relaxed . . .attentive
service . . . nice presentation . . . and decently priced fine
dining. . . . . when
you enter you won't believe the ambience, Rosalba is a wonderful hostess
and her husband Pepe is a marvelous chef. Strangers feel immediately
like friends. The prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the
quality. I visited it three times. It will be the first place I go to
when I return. + Fabulous! The service was top-notch,
the food amazing and so beautifully presented....the people so gracious
and attentive. A gourmet meal at reasonable prices. Website
KAU KAN ~
it. The crab & olive torte appetizer could be an entree for a light
eater. The stuffed potato is nothing like here in the US.
There was a small baked potato on the plate along with a lobster tail
and pile of shrimp. Staff/service was wonderful. We ate a little early
(6) & had the best table in the place to watch the sunset. + Another beautiful rooftop setting, friendly service. +
it more than I expected. Hushed, upscale ambiance, even on the outdoor
terrace. + Make sure you make reservations for the upper level terrace
and get a table on the outer wall to the left as you come out of the
staircase for a beautiful view of the bay. Carr. Escenica s/n
above Playa Madera Website
CASA VIEJA ~ nice
setting in Madera neighborhood, well prepared food and nice touches like
the complimentary liquor at the end. (Watch out for the no-seeums as the
restaurant is located at the foot of Cerro Madera and away from the
ocean breezes). Calle Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez #7 in Madera.
*** I've been here and enjoyed it. ***
CAPRICHO'S ~ We went here
twice, as much for the ambiance as the food. The restful garden dining
area is dramatically lit and wonderfully decorated. It's a chic and
romantic alternative to the overdone. The bar is filled with really comfy
and elegant furnishings and is situated adjacent to the sidewalk of
Calle Cinco de Mayo making it perfect for early evening people watching
. Relax on the cushy white couch, order a glass of good pinot grigio and
some excellent shrimp cocktail. One shrimp cocktail is enough for two
people - the serving is huge. . . . Joaquin, the owner, is a bright
intelligent young man from Mexico City with a vision. Chile
Relleno con Queso y Camarones - superb! If you
intend to go to dinner there after 7PM, make a reservation as you will
need it. + Romantic setting, excellent food and service. Next to
church downtown. Website
ZI ~ at Club Zi Intrawest -
between Playas Madera + La Ropa -- Zi restaurant
was very good, some unique entrees (scallops with balsamic vinegar
reduction sauce and risotto was delicious) but it was also the most
expensive dinner we had while in Zihua. And - For an
elegant stop, we found the latest and greatest right beside the
Sotovento - Club Intrawest, a drop dead gorgeous complex just opened.
The lofty bar overlooks the water, the sunset and two pools of the club
that shimmer from purple, red and green. The menu gives provenance to
ingredients of the area, goat cheese from neighbouring Petatlan, organic
honey from Maria Aguilar, organic coffee and organic ginger from local
El Corral del Diablo. + For dinner we walked up to the
Intrawest and ate at the Zi. What a great view and the food and service
CHULETO'S - International cuisine. For beautifully prepared food
on par with SF Ca quality and flavor dinner; for two around 300 pesos
plus tip with drinks but in non-native atmosphere near the muelle,
We LOVE Chuleto's. Their fresh-off-the-boat tuna fillet, grilled rare
rolled in cracked pepper served with wasabi cream and shoyu is divine.
On Paseo del Pescador 70, Zihuatanejo. Reservations Tel.. 544 6639.
Offering the menu of late Swiss Chef Paul Karrer.
DE LA ROCA (need to reserve at least a
day in advance) Cash Only. Reservations, please call 755-44793
(??) between 9 AM and 3 PM. Efrain speaks English. Website
BOGART'S ~ In the Krystal Hotel
in Ixtapa - Romantic + An outrageous Moroccan decor puts you in a
Bogart/Bacall mood in a Casa Blanca setting. Indoor fountains, piano
music add to the scene. + I hope they still serve the cold creamed
avocado soup in a large block of ice. Outstanding, followed by the
chateaubriand and flaming cherries jubilee. Bring cash but it's worth
the visit. Tel. 553-0333
LA ESCOLLERA ~ Try La Escollera
for dinner. It is on the main road that leads into the hills just
before Amuleto overlooking the bay and La Ropa. The prices are
very reasonable, the view is out this world and if you go at lunch you
can use the infinity pool. Website
ZIHUA BLUE ~ Formerly the Bay
Club, is the newest restaurant in Zi. Owner is Edmond BenLouLou.
(Doesn't really sound Mexican does it!) Here is a link to the
'former Bay Club'
DE LAS SIRENA ~ from several different sources as a great place to
dance. One night we tried, unsucessfully, to tell the Cabbie that we
wanted to go there. Later we asked some young people hanging out by the
mercado.. no luck. Finally we asked the waiter, Enrique, at Bandidos
about it. He smiled knowingly and said.. "oh yes.. here..
I will write it down so no cab driver can mistake what you are
saying. Then when you get there ask for ****** and tell him I sent
you." By the main bus station.
EL FARO ~ If not doing dinner
there, go for an after dinner drink and watch the floor show which
begins each evening at 9 PM at the bottom of the tram ride. Monday
night show is best with Mariachi band, dancers, singers, etc. Drinks are
cheap and it is fun...
LA ESCOLLERA ~ Have an after
dinner drink and relax while taking in the most spectacular views of the
town of Zihua and the bay. Website
RICK'S BAR ~ Anytime is a good
time but Friday Nite is 'Open Mike" nite and a lot of fun. On
Cuauhtemoc Pedestrian Walkway. Grill your own steaks on Friday
& Saturday 5-11PM on the Deck 'Topside'. Website
BANDIDO'S ~ Good for both dinner
& dancing. Often a good Salsa Band. Not hugely expensive
but somewhat so in comparison to others. Also an occasional report
of 'monkey bizness' with the bill so keep an eye out on that. Cinco de Mayo &
Pedro Ascencio Website
EL SANKA GRILL ~ a
place that we enjoy and very reasonable.A">
Calle Ejido #22
BLUE MAMOU ~ Blue Mamou for ribs
and great jazz/blues music. On Passo del Palmar just up from the Fire Stn but
opposite side. (Passo del Palmar is the road up from Plaza Kioto
to La Ropa.)
CATALINA'S SUNSET BAR ~ Very
good and very cheap. A true dos por uno between 5 + 7, two drinks for 35
pesos, and the most spectacular sunset. We will definitely return.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
First, the currency of Mexico is Pesos.
The use of currency other than the peso (except for exchange to pesos at
banks or cambios) shows disrespect for Mexico. At time of
writing (Oct '06), beginning in November, Mexico will be issuing new
bills. $50's begin in November, followed by $100's in December and
others thereafter over the next three years.
Currency - While some businesses may take them don't depend
on it. Neither is it to your advantage as many will not have access to exchange
rates and you will lose big.
Bills - The aversion to torn (or even
about-to-tear) bills extends to pesos as well as foreign currency. It's
not a bad idea to check bills you are given as change for that reason.
Bills can be refused bills refused because of being
written on too. (Not the place to jot down that phone number if you will
later want to spend the bill - write it on your hand.)
Debit Card-- Comes direct from your
account at the exchange rate at the moment of the transaction. Charges are
only what (if any) your bank charges you for international withdrawals.
Usually under $2 US. Find out what bank is your bank's
associate bank in Mexico (For Example: Bank of America is Santander
Serfin - Mexico). That will cut out the new charges in most cases.
Keep in mind that ATM's often run out of money on weekends + holidays so
Credit Card-- Accepted at hotels,
better restaurants, some merchants. NOT preferred for shopping, see
below. Using for cash advances will get you the WORST exchange of the
day, involve about a 7.5% to 17% fee for processing PLUS your card
company charges of 2% or so AND the international fee. Merchants
accepting credit cards AUTOMATICALLY have the VAT deducted from their
accounts; IN ADDITION, they have to pay the 7.5% to 17% processing fee,
thus using cash usually gets a 10% discount.
Cash-- US dollars accepted, usually at
a bad rate. Pesos preferred; Canadian dollars looked at in strange ways
in most places but accepted in many and the cambios (exchange marts). Traveler’s checks
accepted at banks (with passport), cambios, hotels and many other
places--same as cash.
It's been reported that (some?) banks are requiring a copy of your
passport when you cash these. If your doing TC's, best to take
several copies with you.
Best @ the banks, only because you don't pay the ATM fee but you get to
stand in line (sometimes LONG lines). 2nd Best & most convenient -- ATM's, withdraw maximum amount, lose 0
to 1%, locations -- airport, Commercial Mexicana, every bank and many
other locations. 3rd Best -- Cambios (exchange marts) -- lose a few dollars on rate, OK for Traveler's checks and
cash money. Last is
Credit Cards -- BIG HINT--IF you feel your account doesn't have the cash
then take the cash advance BEFORE LEAVING HOME and put it in your
account. You will save MAJOR dollars!!! OR spend a lot of time crying
over the cost of your vacation after the fact.
AIRPORT ATM - If your flight arrives
later in the day, don't depend on this ATM for Pesos. Often people
find that it is 'out of cash'.
Waiters - 10-20% (same as in US).
Taxis - 5-10% IF they do something besides simply arrive safely to your
destination, otherwise no tip is expected or appropriate.
Bars - ALWAYS take care of your bartender! 10% is the norm. ($10 pesos
per person minimum.)
Maids - $20 to $50 pesos per day, depending on how much work you make
for them and how nice a job they do, fancy designs on beds, etc.. (most
local maids are excellent, very hard-working, and often overlooked by
guests). Maids in a Villa/Condo/House - Normally tip 30 (50 for two) a day with a bonus at the end
for extra good service. Villas with say 2 levels + full kitchen, living, dining & bedroom plus 2
baths . . . then perhaps 125 to 150 pesos a cleaning.
Bellhops - $5 to $10 pesos per piece of luggage, depending on their size
and weight, distance to your room, and if the bellhop is careful with
Fishing Captains - 100 pesos per fish caught and released on top of 10%
(minimum) if they kept the baits fresh and generally did a good job.
Subtract 100 pesos from tip for every fish "accidentally"
killed (especially fish you don't plan on eating), unless you believe it
really was an accident.
One last thing... Some banks will
charge twice for the use of the ATMs - regular Stateside fee and plus an
additional 'international ATM fee'. These will bunch up and be charged
to your account on a day later in the statement period. Might want to
check with your bank to know their policy on that just so you know it's
coming. Also a good idea to take out the maximum at any one time so as
to keep those charges to a minimum.
If you have trouble with the ATM
accepting your card or you punch in the wrong numbers, be sure to not
try three times in one day. The machine will eat your card. If that
happens, go right inside and explain. They'll check it out and probably
give you your card back. If it happens at night, go the first hour the day
the bank opens. They like to chop those things up quickly for some
Remember the amount you see in the ATM
window is Pesos not Dollars so if you want (approx.) $300 Dollars then
the window must read 3000 as its displaying Pesos. Lots of folks
end up with double ATM fees because they need to withdraw more than once
not realizing the above. Also with larger amounts such as 2500
Pesos, often you will receive all large bills which can be somewhat
difficult to change so you may want to go for smaller amounts and go
PS: If you decide to go into the bank,
go early morning and try to avoid the dates around the 1st and 15th of
the month... payday! Those lines can really back up.
Banamex on Calle Ejido #1
Bancomer on Benito Juarez @ Nicholas Bravo
Banorte on Benito Juarez #15
Banco Santander-Serfin on Benito Juarez
Banamex at both Commercial Mexicana & at the Airport near Departures
There are others but these are the most central and commonly used ones
by us tourist
Banamex in Los Arcos Shopping Centre
Bancomer in La Puerta Plaza
PESOS -- For a look at what the peso
notes and coins look like - go here
and scroll down a bit. Also note that new bills are being issued
--> read the beginning of this money section.
KINDA ON THE MONEY SUBJECT IS:
Free Shopping July 2006
International tourists arriving in Mexico by plane or cruise ship will
be able to make tax-free purchases starting July 1, 2006, thanks to a
Tourism Ministry-backed law recently passed by Mexico’s Congress with
Spearheaded by Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism,
the law will grant international visitors a full refund of the 15
percent sales tax added to purchases if the buyer follows a few simple
In order for international visitors to be reimbursed for purchases, they
must adhere to the following criteria:
1. The purchaser must obtain an official receipt (factura) with the tax
number (Registro Federal de Causantes) of the establishment on it to
present for reimbursement.
2. Only receipts worth a total of at least 1,200 Mexican pesos
(approximately US$110 at current exchange rates) per store can be
presented for reimbursement.
3. The goods purchased must leave Mexico with the person who purchased
them, just as other duty-free goods do.
How the sales tax will be reimbursed, whether a commission will be
charged on the reimbursement and whether the benefit will also be
extended to tourists entering Mexico by land have yet to be determined.
- Las Gatas is generally more crowded on weekends.
ways to get there:
Over the rocks and along the (kinda)
path at the end of La Ropa (only if you bring sturdy shores). Be
aware that if you choose to walk over, you'll also be needing to walk
back. (It could be done in flip flops but
better foot wear or secure sandals would help.)
the easier method via taking a Panga (Water Taxi) from the Municipal
Pier. $35 Pesos per person round trip. The Pangas leave
frequently between 10AM & 4PM with the last return to the pier being
at 4:30PM so don't miss it!
Las Gatas beach itself is a long
expanse of water-side restaurants and baking bodies. Be sure to wander
down the sand before choosing where you will 'park' for the afternoon.
The Cervesa and food pricing is extremely competitive with the better
values being found away from the dock area. It is also much more
pleasant to be away from 'snorkeling central' located near the pier.
There is a lighthouse past Las Gatas.
The trail begins behind Otilia's restaurant (the second to last
restaurant on the beach). Franco there will point you in the right
direction. There are areas that are concrete along the path but it is
uneven. Views are great from the lighthouse so bring your camera.
Its about 15-20 minute walk so bring some water too. Usually there is a
nice breeze to cool you when you are within a few hundred yards of the
lighthouse. You might ask Franco if someone could guide you for a
$5/10 Peso tip. Then if they are really good at answering your
questions of all the cool stuff you will see, you could give them more.
Caution on Otilia's - there
have been an incidence or two reported of - shall we say discrepancies - in the
bills. Check yours carefully if you go there. Never the
less, it does get good reviews/comments. Franco is quite the host
and will arrange a massage for you should you ask.
Note: Chez Arnoldo on Las Gatas
also gets very good reviews however Tres Palmas does not.
on Nature And The Lighthouse Walk from Las Gatas:
You'll see the large wild cucumber vine
which grows on the trees and plants, known as estropajos, luffas..and
you thought they grew underwater. Also you'll notice their beautiful
yellow blossoms all over the hillsides. When they are brown they're
ready for your bathroom, just shake out the seeds.
The bright orange plants on the second bend on the way up are pinas and
if you open them you'll find an edible red seed which the birds love.
The tamarindo seeds are due soon (December) and Mangos in the new year.
The small round cucumbers you'll see are actually used as bleach by the
locals, also donkeys eat them. There's a "three donkey walk"
which takes you up the mountain. By the red house follow the dirt road.
Turn left to the waterworks. Turn right up the mountain. If you turn
right at the top of this dirt road it’s a dead end but not before you
come to “butterfly alley” where the mariposa surround you as if they
had never seen a human before. Many different ones, the biggest I refer
to as floating envelopes.
If you turn left you’ll come to a corn field and another donkey. The
old farmer sometimes has his grandkids there on the weekend. I’ll take
some change with me next time as they pose for a great picture with the
donkey. You’ll need a machete down the mountain to three beaches, one
of which is Manzanillo.
I refer to the Chachalaqua bird as the noisiest bird on the planet and
if you set off early enough, before 8am(ish) you'll hear them. Sounds
like a cross between a hyena and screaming monkey; if you've been to
Costa Rica you'll know them. It's actually a brown pheasant like bird
which you only see occasionally and I've only seen them hop, rather than
fly. The locals love to eat them which is why they keep a low
profile. It's easy to remember the other noisy bird, the large
grey jay, Las Urracas also makes a racket... rhymes ...get it?
We met a couple of birders up there who pointed out the the black and
yellow bird is known as the Mexican Cacique. Apparently it speaks
Spanish. Find a shady spot on the new concrete road and you'll witness
all kinds of birds there. A flock of yapping green parrots is
great to see, especially when you look down on them as the fly down to
If you do the mountain and then the beach it's a 5 mile 8 km hike. The
hill makes it seem more. There was quite a bit of pedestrian traffic
there in high season last year....see you there!
Rob (who lives in Zi) commented:
The hike you describe is indeed a
lovely if not a bit of a treacherous walk, especially on the parts with
loose gravel on the eastern hillside and the rocky coastline where you
can easily twist or break an ankle and no one would find you, and I
don't usually recommend that people attempt it without someone local as
a guide. There have also been numerous incidents over the years of
robberies of tourists on that path as well as at Playa Manzanillo.
Carrying a machete is definitely a good idea even though the robberies
have usually been at gunpoint. The Las Gatas hike is one of my
favorites (though I admit I haven't done it for a few years). The Cactus
and Frangipani trees along that part of the coast are great backdrops
for photos, as are the views from the hill where the lighthouse
||NOTE:- Take PESOS to
Troncones. Credit Cards accepted very few places.
The town Troncones is more of a loose
little village with a beach than an actual town. It stretches for about
three miles, from where the main road dead-ends at the beach to
Manzanillo Bay, a delicious spot where the surf rolls in gently; where
you can rent a house, a bungalow or a small room in a small hotel; and
where you can eat fresh lobster, ceviche and tangy tacos dripping with
salsa at outdoor tables in the sand. The snorkeling is good, and you may
even see a surfer or two.
General info on Troncones can be found on this page
If you are four people, a taxi would be about N$250 and about 30
minutes. Buses would total about N$100 (4 time $N25) and about 40-80
There is also the possibility of
getting a guide. See bottom under links & notes.
Getting There: (Courtesy of Ernie
For bus service take a northbound mini
bus that has the words, "La Union" written on the windshield.
I think this bus is about N$10/person. Ask the driver to let you know
when you get to the Troncones turnoff, but pay attention yourself.
You will go through the towns of Salitrera, Pantla and Buena Vista.
About three km or so north of Buena Vista is the turnoff for Troncones.
If you watch the distance marker posts at the side of the road, the
turnoff is between the 30 and 31 km. markers.
When you get off the minibus, there is
a stand selling refreshments. A combi (van of some sort) operates a
shuttle service between this location and "downtown"
Troncones. Depending on which combi it is, it may go only as far
as "downtown" or may also go north to Playa Manzanillo and the
village of La Majahua. I believe the fare for this combi is between
N$10-15/person, depending on your destination.
Travel time by bus varies. Figure a
minimum of 30 minutes from Ixtapa to the Troncones turnoff. (Less from
Zi). Then a wait of one to 30 minutes for the combi. Then 10 to 20
minutes, depending on where you are going within the Troncones to La
Eating & Drinking:
Places often recommended for Lunch
& Pool/Beach are:
Burro Borracho - a
restaurant & beach bar close to the T in Troncones
At Manzanillo Bay
of Cancer Beach Club - eat lunch here and you can swim in there pool
however there are many to choose
Hacienda Eden - has a Sunday BBQ, a interesting looking shop, and a
fabulous restaurant called Cocina del Sol and is about a 5 minute walk
to the Inn at Manzanillo Bay. Manzanillo Bay is reported to have
Comment on Eden worth noting: "Next
door was a cool place called Eden that would be a really relaxing
and comfortable place to stay. There's an excellent restaurant there as
well w/a really good chef and a good vibe all around. They had koozies
for your beer to keep it cold - a nice touch in the hot weather,
especially if you like a cold beer like I do! The gift shop is very
unique w/Mexican artisan type quality gifts to buy. If we went back we'd
probably stay at Eden. The best food and service in Troncones by far."
LINKS & OTHER
Also here in Troncones is Mexhapati,
a tile and sink manufacturer. They told me: Ernesto of Casas Gregorio (Greg
Mrachek, a Seattle resident) is our
rep in Troncones. He has samples, pictures and can show you many of the
expert tile mural installations he's done in places such as El Burro
Borracho, Casas Gregorio, Casa Colorida, the Troncones Library, El Eden
and many others.
Here is a useful map
of Troncones with the restaurants + accommodation locations noted.
Link to a listing of some Troncones Accommodations.
From one of the Zi/Ix Boards I obtained
the information that someone named "Reuben" at the Hotel Irma,
speaks excellent English, is very professional and helpful. He will take you to
Troncones, giving you wonderful info along the way about culture and
interesting facts. He will show you around Troncones and help you find a
great place to spend your day. He'll wait for you and return you to your
hotel. These folks ended up basically spending most of the day in Troncones and,
including transportation and tip, paid him $100.
PETALAN + BARRA LA POTOSI
Two ways - bus or taxi. Take the bus there for the adventure and a taxi home if
you feel like it afterwards.
For the bus you take the same bus to Petalan as you
do to Barra. Buses leave from the bus station
just off Benito Juarez on the south side of the Central Market in Zi, ask
anyone. It comes down Los Cocos then left on Marina Nacional
(just up from Kyoto Plaza) then right on Jose Morelos. They run
about every 15-20 minutes or more & it is a bit less than an hours trip.
Actually the length of the trip depends on if you
have to sit over the rear wheels--no springs and 100 lbs of tire
pressure can make the trip endless. The closer to the public market that
you get on the bus, the greater your seat choice. The bus to Los Achotes
is also the bus to Petalan. The assistant often calls out "PetaPetaPeta!"
or "Petalan Petalan" and he helps
passengers load huge bundles of food and supplies onto the back of the
bus. You can locate where the two bus depots for the Petatlan bus are
by checking Jared's Zihua maps. Check the two number 59s. (Map
The fare from Zihua to Petatlan used to be 12 pesos but if you did
not have any small change or small bills, the driver (or his teenage
assistant) would take your 100 peso note and would keep it until such
time as he had enough pesos to make change for you. Not always but it
could take quite a long time (30-40 minutes) for them to collect enough
to make change and meanwhile you are wondering if you will get your
change back! Its a good idea to know what the fare is in advance and have the proper amount
ready to give the young man who collects the fare.
When you get to Petalan, there is the Gold
Market & a lovely Church across the street. Wander thru the
streets & enjoy a helado (ice cream) and poke thru the shops.
Spend awhile and then carry on to Barra.
BARRA - From Petalan,
return to Los
Achotes by bus, then get off & catch the pasajera to Barra de
Potosi. You'll find it on the corner in Los Achotes.
A Pasajera is a small truck with benches around the sides of the 'truck
In Barra you find Betseyville,
one of the homes of fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Here also you
will find Laura's place - Casa
Del Encanto. Laura's husband Noyo's family owns Chez Arnoldo
on Las Gatas. The long sandy beach has Enramadas with food and
with lots of local info. And another Barra
Website with info.
a spare room in your suitcase going down and you are of a charitable
nature, then perhaps you want to give some thot to this link: Children
of Mexico. Also Laura @ Casa Del Encanto does much to help the
children of Barra and would be pleased to accept school supplies if you
bring them down.
is a Catamaran formerly known as the "Tristar" (I believe). The
reports I've read on this snorkel cruise to Manzanillo Bay seem
positive. The Snorkel & Sail leaves at 10:00AM and returns at
read of various places for so long that I've developed a list of *check
it out* places to create my own opinion. I'll list them here
& fill in my comments on my return (should the Marg's not delay this
Villa Carolina - a hotel with only
about 6 rooms so it is very intimate & like staying in a private
home. The staff was right there whenever we needed anything and our room
was gorgeous with a private outdoor pool/jacuzzi & hammock with a
small ocean view. We had a two minute walk to Elviras on La Ropa &
Villa del Sol, where we had several breakfasts & lunches. I think
this hotel offers the biggest and nicest room for the price, so long as
you don't mind being one block off the sand. Rumors of this being
for sale. Also a 'not very complimentary report' on their business
Brisas del Mar in Madera Area
Hotel Irma in Madera Area - I gather
it's pretty basic.
Villa Mexicana - next to VDS with
Paty's Mar y Mar on the other side. Check out the new pool.
Catalina in La Ropa area - Catalina
(Catalina, if 'total quiet' is really important to you, then the
"new" terrace suites on the southern side of the Catalina
property are your best bet.... AND.... the LAST room at the end of those
halls is recommended. They are the farther ones away from the main
public access stairs, bars and restaurants.)
Casa Iguana (La Ropa)
Villa Cruz del Mar near La Madera Beach -
we stayed there last year and we will be back again this winter.
It's spotlessly clean, a beautiful property, and wonderful staff.
Just a moment from the beach and an easy 10 minute walk downtown.
+ Toured it when I was there in March. WOW.. this place is
gorgeous. Intimate.. CLEAN.. nicely decorated with a fabulous pool. We
seriously considered it for a stay next year. It doesn't have a suite or
we probably would have gone for it. Book #8 as it overlooks the pool and
has a nice balcony and is probably the most pleasant room. BTW You are
NOT far from the beach - about a 2 minute walk. No ocean view.. but the
grounds are lovely.
La Quinta Troppo on la Ropa beach
Casa Sun & Moon in La Ropa area
Casa Adriana in Madera - also gets excellent reports
Villa De La Roca - on the hill above La Ropa?
La Quinta Troppo
Cinco Sentidas - La
can only call it "Tequila" if it is made in the state of
Jalisco. Everything else has to be called Mezcal. When buying Tequila,
make sure you buy Tequila that comes from "100% Agave Azul".
Agave is the plant Tequila is made from. There are 2 types of Tequila,
Clear (Blanco) and "Reposado".
Do you have a spare $225M for ONE
bottle of Tequila? Check this
Chadwick's Tequila Forum
Tequila Web Info also here.
Planet - Reviews, Ratings and Rankings
"Andy's", a small store
across from Bananas Restaurant on Nicholas Bravo #9, has
a wide selection of alcohol, Tequila included and prices are good.
As you may know, US Citizens aren't (by
law) even allowed to smell Cuban Cigar smoke. :-)) However
us Canadians can partake to our hearts content. La
Perla's Walk In Humidor Info. Another source of quality
Havana's is reported to be the big liquor store in Zihua across from the
center square (Zocalo). Not every place sells quality
cigars so do use your head if the 'deal' is almost too good.
Look for don Pepe's "Casa
Tequila" on Calle Cuauhtémoc #14, 2 blocks inland from the main
waterfront plaza on the right. He has the freshest genuine Cuban cigars
and the best selection of mezcals (all tequila is mezcal). Look for a
bottle of "El Guache", our finest locally brewed mezcal.
If you want good "moonshine" mezcal keep an eye out for Rob's old
friend don Eladio, a white-haired elderly gentleman who often carries a
large sack over his shoulder with his homemade mezcal in plastic 2-liter
Coca-Cola bottles. It's from the same region as "El Guache"
but is less refined and usually has an extra dose of pure cane alcohol
added to roughen it up. ;~)
Mexicana - on Boquita behind the Bus Station. Basically Costco
Mexico, they carry many Kirkland brand items.
Bodega - on Paseo Zihua, this is Walmart
Hammocks - Try the shop on the Paseo del Pescador right next to the Cancha
principal (Zocalo) in Zihua with Rodrigo Krebs. I have one left of
those I bought (to sell last year) directly from a woman from southern
Oaxaca who gets them from the prison there. I wouldn't sell it for less
than $700 pesos. I'm not sure what Rodrigo is charging these days but
their product is good. The truly silk ones made of a fine grade of silk and double weave,
family size... may run up to $2000 pesos... just so you know the range.
It's the silk that is soft and will last and last and last even if it
gets some sun. The cheap ones made of polyester will rot and break,
sometimes after just a year or two... in my experience.
Sea Salt - It is unbelievable in
taste and can be purchased in the market for an unbelievable 3 pesos a
kilo. That is like 30 cents. You can also buy sea salt in La Barra from
Mune (found at Casa del Encanto) who is also selling locally grown
songbird coffee. The sea salt she sells is made here on our own
lagoon of Potosi. As well sea salt can be purchased in the coffee shop
"El Caracol" on the corner of Juan N. Alvarez and Vicente
Guerrero streets (next to Lupita's Boutique) in downtown Zihuatanejo.
- Located at Avenida Cinco de Mayo #56 a half block inland
past the church across from the Artisans Market and next to a
money-exchange house (casa de cambio); specializing in
handcrafted Mexican furniture and artistic decorations for the home.
Very exotic and unique selection of fine Mexican artisanry! Tel.
- Extensive assortment of lighting fixtures, lamps, and fans for the
home or business. Located next to Calli Design on the Zihuatanejo-to-Ixtapa
highway. Tel. 554-8220, FAX 554-5177.
Maya - Fine folk art, crafts, and
leather articles. Featuring beautiful hand carved statues of women and
goddesses of Mexico. A one-of-a-kind collection of Mexican art in one of
the most unique stores you'll ever see! Located 3 blocks from the
waterfront in town at Calle Cuauhtemoc #42, Tel. 554-4606.
Puerta de Zihuatanejo - A fine store
for guayaberas (mexican wedding shirts), sport shirts, t-shirts, shorts, traditional women's
wear, beach wear, beach towels, and lots of accessories and souvenirs.
Very reasonable prices and quality products. Located in the first block
from the waterfront in Zihuatanejo on Calle Juan N. Alvarez #17 across
from La Casa Marina. Tel's. 554-2155, 554-3768.
Artesan Ceramics - Handmade ceramic decorations
including tiling, sinks, and talavera pottery. Made to order. Located at
Troncones and San Miguel de Allende.
Caracol - Delicious fresh-roasted
whole bean and ground coffee from Atoyac, Guerrero. They also sell whole
vanilla beans and extract, fresh honey (including agave honey), scented
beeswax candles, ceramic planters and pottery, plain and decorated
Mexican shopping bags, and coffee liqueurs. Located in the first block
of downtown Zihuatanejo on the corner of Juan N. Alvarez and Vicente
Coffee - (formerly Ixtapa Coffee)
Exportation quality organically-grown coffee cultivated locally in the
Sierra Madre del Sur not far from Ixtapa. My personal favorite! Be sure
to get a kilo or two to take home with you. Believe me, you WON'T be
disappointed!!! Organically-grown by my friend Juanita Sanchez and her
husband Darío Galeana on their plantation. Find their store at Calle
Cuauhtemoc #170-B in downtown Zihuatanejo between Calle Ejido and Calle
Nava. Tel/Fax: 554-3890
La Casa de Tierra - appears to be a neat store -
on Heroico Colegio Militar
#120, Centro Zi Tel 554-60-90
House - #75 H. Colegio Militar in Zi - Fabrics, Blinds, Upholstery
Decora - Across and up a bit from
Bodega on the Zi-Ix Hwy.
AMOR DEL SOL
stay this year (2007) is in Bahia Suites, a five storey building, in a Condo called
"Amor del Sol" just off the beach
on Playa Madera. Located on the second floor, it has a full kitchen, two
bedrooms, one bath (shower only) & a living/dining area. While I've NO intention of doing a bunch of
cooking, the fridge will be handy
for beverages & ice and the micro handy for heating those 'doggy
bags' I always seem to have
after a dinner out! See some photos here.
is to another unit (actually two units) in Bahia Suites. It also
shows photos of the building itself taken from the beach.
Calle Adelita Descriptive Website
Getting into Zi and to Playa Madera:
a path at the dead end of Eva Lopez . . ., at Casa Adriana with steps down
to the walkway to the footpath & bridge. At the bottom to your
right is town, to your left is Playa La Madera. Between Bahia Suites and
Bungalows Allec, which is a few steps to the south, is another pathway
down which puts you right on the beach. You can see the walkway on
the right side of the photo below. ( Picture courtesy of I don't
know who but please contact me if it's yours and you'd like
credit. I'll happily oblige. )
Zihua Accommodation Pages
Ship Arrivals '06/'07
Menus + Food Interpretations
Travel Helper + More
/ English Translation
Map of El Centro
Map of Playa Madera
Map of Playa La Ropa
for Travel at I Love Playa
of Guadalupe in Zi '06
Spanish Language Pages
(YYC) Arrivals Level
(YYC) Departures Level
Sentidos - looks kool to stay at
Trio's Reports ('06 & earlier)
custom in Mexico is to tip the kids who pack your bags when you buy
groceries. From what I
understand, CM and others get around
child labor laws by not paying these kids. They give them CM
clothing and permit them to work for
~~ A good Internet Access office is
at the end of Nicholas Bravo close to the Artisan's Market. They have
terminals available but we were allowed
to plug our laptop into their network. Unlike other internet
cafes, they are on satellite so the
connection was quick and reliable. The charge was about a buck an
~~ Search out and find the hidden and historic cemetery in the overgrown
lot at the end of Calle Adelita.
~~ Sunday Evening Fiesta at the Zocalo/Basketball
Court - get there early to get a seat!
~~ Early AM walk along Pescadero to see fisherman leave + early AM
~~ Massages at Bungalows Lei - $20 USD for an hour of heaven
~~ Elvira's on the beach --
*Caution* -- they always used a big marking pen to obscure the tip,
they added into tabs for three or more people.
So, we would ask if the tip was included, which it was, at
10%, so we would add no more. If they'd not
done that, we would have tipped more than 10%. On the
last morning, Fernando, who's been there for twenty
years, waited on us, and I asked him not to write
on the bill. He gave me a knowing glance, and brought
back a bill with the tip not added in, and I tipped
as I would usually. This is kind of irritating, but
we like going there for breakfast, so we just worked
with it. Also, it ’s important to say "“quiero
cambio" or something to that effect if you want change, or
you may not get any.
~~ Independent Tour Guide Referral who was great. If you want a personal
driver to give you a tour of the
area, or to go fishing with a local, give
Fernando Sotelo a call. He is a Zihua native, speaks English, & is a
nice guy. Cell phone 044(755)100 60 06. We
spent 2 days with him. One day to go towards Ixtapa and
the other to go down to Petalan & La Barra
de Potosi. Visiting the clay brick tile factory was a special
treat & we each got to make a roof tile.
The Ixtapa day we ate lunch at Los Potrillos that was in the
countryside. I think only a local could get you
~~Should you experience any tummy problems, there is something called
"Lomotil" which is available at
any pharmacy. Of course having some Immodium
along would be handier.
has an excellent listing of the areas beaches.
+ Travel Log
Having taken quite a few photos, I decided to create a separate page or
two for the photos & log of our two weeks which you'll find here.
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