Woke up: Zihuatanejo, Michoacan, Mexico
Went to sleep: Zihuatanejo, Michoacan, Mexico
The towns of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa lie within 10 miles of each other. Zihua is “old Mexico” while Ixtapa is modernisms attempt at urbanization. The difference is night and day.
We took the dinghy to the beach and paid the dinghy boy 10 pesos to pull us onto shore and guard the dinghy while we’re gone.
Then we walked four blocks to the street where the buses run. Notice, I didn’t say “to the Bus Stop”. When you get to the street where the buses run you watch for a bus that has big letters spelling Ixtapa on the windshield and simply wave down the driver. Ten pesos to ride the bus. Some drivers make change, others don’t. It’s best to have your $10. Peso coin at the ready.
The drivers here are a trip. I’m surprised I don’t hear tires screeching and bumpers crashing continuously. I’ve yet to see an accident. Let’s say two lanes are narrowing to one. Around here, the driver will accelerate to beat the other cars to the convergence and cut in front with centimeters to spare. Or, for pedestrians crossing the street, the driver will speed up as if they are hurrying to mow you down while frantically blasting his horn as if he’s out of control and can’t stop. The pedestrian picks up the pace and scampers across the road to safety. It’s a continuous game of chicken.
We arrived in Ixtapa and were immediately accosted by a persistent sales person wanting us to sit thru a time share presentation for $100. I may be on a tight budget but I’m not desperate.
We entered at the public beach where for $5. Pesos you have access to showers, toilet and changing room. Soon, I was comfortably seated in an Adirondack type chaise under a large canvas umbrella. Peter walked off to find the Ixtapa Marina.
Later, we followed the same process in reverse to get home. We stopped at a downtown tienda (store). Our selection of 4 Frescas, 1 apple, 1 avacado, and 1 bag of chips cost $69. Pesos or less than $5.00 US.