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Old 08-15-2010   #31 (permalink)
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Thank you, daydreamer!


Okay.....now I will just post some pics from around the downtown / pier/ marina/ main beach areas.

Zihua has about 100,000 people, I believe, now. But it does not feel that large, it has retained it's small fishing town feel.

The first indigeneous tribes settled there in the 15th century, well earlier likely. More info on the history HERE.

It was always a fishing village but when they built Ixtapa, was developed as a tourist town at the same time in order to have sort of a 'two places in one' destination. Fonatur developed Ixtapa, which is the tourism government agency in Mexico, they have also developed Cancun, Nuevo Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Huatulco.


The main beach is called Playa Principal and due to the proximity of the pier and fishing boats, it is not very suitable for swimming, although we did see some people in there.



There is a pedestrian-only walkway called Fisherman's Walk that goes all the way from the river canal to the estuary, a little inlet where locals moor their boats.

Just after the canal you come to the basketball court where we watched a few soccer games in the evening (never basketball though ). There is a big area here for people to gather and some nights, usually weekends, there are bands playing and food stalls set up, etc. and townspeople gather to visit.





There is a fishing cooperative and this market is where they sell their catch.





Kittycats licking themselves after getting some scraps!

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Some of the mercado stalls, it was early and they had not opened yet.




Another of the several bronze statues around town...Joanie had more pics in her TR. This fisherman was aptly placed right beside the market.






A Zihua landmark, the fat mermaid!...had a good lunch here one day.



Lily's, where all the fisherman gather for a drink after a hard morning or day of fishing....




Lily's is where you go to ask to find the captain you want. We stopped here that first morning because Don wanted to touch base with the captain he had booked a trip with. Found him right away and they just agreed to meet the next morning at 6:30 at the pier.



The back inlet, across the footbridge....nice because it keeps the boats safe in storms. Not sure if this is dredged or natural?





By this time it was about 2 and we were starving, so we headed to Lety's, we had never been there before, but had read she made the best coconut shrimp in town...omg, it was so true, best coconut shrimp EVER!

View of Lety's from footbridge....




oh, man....it had this sweet and creamy coconut cream dipping sauce....drool!



After we ate, Lety herself came out and chatted with us and I complimented her on her amazing cooking. She was very sweet and made us promise to come back for her shrimp and cheese stuffed chili rellenos one day, which we did, and they were also amazing!

Nice view from up on the second floor...



We also saw this boy and his dad fishing using the somewhat primitive but effective method of a plastic pop bottle and wrapped fishing line with a hook on the end.







no luck today, though.


a caballero on the men's bathroom (there was a dancing senorita on the ladies)



and a closer look at the nakie lady painting....very interesting, the ocean as a woman...



Don said it means we are often calm and then wild the next day.... unpredictable.
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After lunch we NEEDED to have some ice cream...there is a chain in this area called la Michoacana (I am betting it started in the state of Michoancan?). Really good ice cream with a helluva lot cheaper prices than Haagen Daaz!

15 pesos for a single cone and 10 pesos for a cup




Behind Fisherman's Walk, there is a sort of rabbit warren of pedestrian only streets and also some regular streets, which makes up the touristy shopping and restaurant area. It is really very nice and they were actually in the process of making little 'roofs' over the sidewalks so they are all covered and you can walk around in dry, cooler comfort even in the rain and hot sunshine.


You can see them well in this shot...



More shots from around downtown Zihua:







We had wonderful calzone and lasagna one night here at Taboca!!








Surfing is big here



and handicrafts and other art too



water trucks and also water bikes...



we were thinking of going to a movie one night but the weather was too good to bother...




and a few times we saw this truck driving around with a loudspeaker advertising the theatre....




There are silver shops and stalls galore at good prices in Zihua because of the proximity to Taxco.




Don pouting because I won't let him buy a place ...




Had breakfast here at the Zihua Pan Cake House one morning....




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Don went fishing two times, the first time he went with 'Adolfo the roosterfish king' because a roosterfish is the one species he has not yet caught deep sea fishing. But he only caught one dorado and then several small bonita (which is fun, they fight)....he brought one big dorado (also called dolphinfish or mahi-mahi) back and we took it to Casa Arcadia on the beach to get cooked up for dinner. Veracruz style and garlic butter, yummy!


The second time he went with his buddy Noe Martinez. Don has fished with Noe every single one of his four trips to Zihua now. If he has his trip dates he just e-mails him and arranges a trip prior.

Poor Noe felt terrible because they got skunked...went out 25 miles and did not even see a bird, let alone a fish. Don went with him our last full day there and they never got back until 4 because Noe kept driving around looking for the fish- finally Don had to assure him it was 'A-OK, let's go back in, you will get a good tip anyway, you did your best!' !

I just had breakfast at the hotel with a couple we had met and hung with them by the pool all day. Summertime is way too hot for me to want to spend 6-8 hours on a panga, good thing I never went that 10 hour day!

Pics Don took when he went fishing....this is one of the ladies who make yummy tortas for the fishermen at the pier-this is at 6 AM. Don bought one pulled pork style and a chicken one, both in bolillos. They also have coffee which is VERY STRONG.





and sunrise



and that was the extent of his picture taking . He is not much for snapping pics. And no fish, since the first time he went he forgot the camera. Oh well, not like we don't have about 500 pics of him catching fish.

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Diving

We were scuba certified in Playa last summer, so we wanted to do a couple dives just to stay current. There was a shop called Adventure Divers only a couple blocks from our hotel that the DEs on Trip Advisor had good things to say about, so we went there one day to chat about it and set up two dives for Wednesday.


Another guy, John from Manhattan, Kansas (the Little Apple ), joined us. We were going to do one dive at 'Solitary Rock' which was a multi level dive ranging from 80 feet to around 50 feet. The second dive was a 40 foot one in a small cove.

We knew not to expect much diving in this area, and we were not disappointed. Visibility was only about 40 feet and there was not much for coral at all. We did see a green moray, an octopus, and a large puffer fish and several smaller species (lots of life, actually, but mostly small stuff).

Don along with the other guy and the instructors (lucky gits!) spotted an eagle ray, but I missed it! You have to be quick to spot things with only 40 feet of viz.

Of course, after we booked, it poured 3 inches overnight, which also hurt the clarity. Plus the surfce was windy and pretty wavy. When we were descending, I actually felt a bit odd, at first you could hardly see a thing! A bit scary. But once you got at least ten feet down it was much better.

Don got seasick once a few years ago (spent a whole 6 hour fishing trip puking over the side) and now it's almost like his body remembers and so he is prone to it. Well, he was fine on his fishing trips because he took half a Gravol at night before going to sleep and the other half the next morning- but he did not do this for the diving, he never thought he would need to, and then it wa wavy and so of course he felt ill. It never really kicked in badly until after the first dive. So he actually skipped the second dive (he started, went down, but had to surface after about 10 minutes. Poor guy.)


no underwater pics but here is Pako, our (HOT ) dive guide. Francisco Iberra. He used to work for Phantom Divers in PDC so some of you might recognize him. He also worked at a shop on the Red Sea in Egypt for a time.

this was in the cove where our second dive was.






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I love this picture!

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I do too, Jacko ...I caught him before he put on his usual 'cool and aloof' pose he does for pictures...that is more his true goofy self.

I guess everyone is a kid at heart when it comes to ice cream! Those were coconut and pistachio flavours, by the way.
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Thanks everyone....it really is a beautiful bay and a great vacation place.

Hu blueton, long time no read! Nice to see you. Yes, he has amazing talent.

okay, here we go, let's finish this sucker, if I can.


Edit:and very funny Brent. I was trying to be all artistic and you turn it into something dirty!

Hi, Thanks, yes I have been away for a while.

I enjoyed your report. It looks so much more like the 'real' Mexico.
I'll have to tey get that way one day.
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More great pics, Riss. Looks like my kind of town- would like to travel there sometime.
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Thanks, you two. I am sure you would both enjoy a trip there.


I have some more photos to post of two different beaches in the bay yet.....stay tuned....I will try to get those posted in the next 2 days sometime.

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Great trip report, Riss! You posted loads of photos that I didn't take shots of.... it was nice seeing Zihua again through someone else's eyes. Glad you had a terrific trip and that you liked staying at Brisas del Mar.

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Love reading this report! Too bad it's so pricey to get there from here though
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Great trip report, Riss! You posted loads of photos that I didn't take shots of.... it was nice seeing Zihua again through someone elses's eyes. Glad you had a terrific trip and that you liked staying at Brisas del Mar.
We really did, what a lovely hotel, and everyone was so nice and friendly! Federico cracked us up, too, with his bar tricks.

I am not done yet, come back Wednesday, I should have all the pics posted by then.

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Love reading this report! Too bad it's so pricey to get there from here though
Nonsense! You can get package deals direct to Ixtapa on WestJet Vacations this winter, Saturdays...the Posada Real for a week January 8th, for example, is only about $1200 total. European plan, so you can explore both Ixtapa and Zihua to your heart's content!
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you've got me wanting to visit the west coast again. next year is my 20 year anniversary and we were going to take a trip to guanajuato and then bus to p.v or playa. i think it will be p.v. we might even head south to manzanillo or barra. great trip report.
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