Explore Mexico on $430, Part 4:Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo!
Imagine not one, but two hidden seaside havens, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Let me share my story with you…
It’s another early day and already the sun is shining brightly, the cloud layer is quickly dissipating so the brilliant blue sky is appearing. Our ship is laying in the harbor of Zihuatanejo, 3 ½ hours north of Acapulco,
The transfer from the ship to the tender was one of the more exciting parts of the cruise – bouncing up and down and trying to step from a big cruise ship into a little boat was pretty unique.
No one had any real problem, though there was a lot of laughing and gasping by most of the women boarding. We were politely escorted everyplace we toured, filled with information, and were very well taken care of.
The main income for this area still comes from fishing and agriculture. Zihuatanejo, according to our guide, translates to “The place of the beautiful lady”.
There are many retired N.A.’s who live here both full time and part time. Because of this not being a major port, costs are lower, and the natives, as well as the retirees here are hoping this part of Mexico doesn’t change, as many areas have, once the ExPats move in, but stays natural as it is now.
Marie, our tour guide, invited us all to come visit her at her home, but she warned us, laughing, that we would have to sleep in hammocks, because they have no beds. Because of not having air conditioning and because of the humidity and heat, I guess the hammock, with breezes blowing, is the best answer!
It is very tropical here; today the temperature is 93 degrees with 78% humidity. But, along with the beauty comes a bit of danger – you must be aware that there are crocodiles around.
Dick and I had a
wonderful day seeing
more of the natural
Mexico. But it was time
to head back from Ixtapa and
Zihuatanejo, to the little boat for
a short water ride back to
We would have a few more days being pampered on the ship, and then a trip home, until our next adventure.
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Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo article by Barbie