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Old 08-17-2010   #61 (permalink)
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Thank you. I didn't want to sound greedy.
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Kidding. Sorta. Nice Riss. This is one of Colleen's favorite places. I have never been there. I want to go now.

Glad you are liking it, Dana.

Sorry, but no fish pics. He did not take the camera the day he caught fish (one dorado, several bonita, that was it).

The other day he went with Noe they caught nothing at all.And that was the guy he was with when he caught a 280 pound and one 150 pound tuna (one trip) and a huge black marlin and 2 sails (different trip). DisaPPOINTED!
He was very pouty that he STILL has not caught his elusive roosterfish yet.
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Sorry, no....none of me are going to be taken until these extra pounds come off!

I was the photographer and mountains were higher on my list.
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Glad you are liking it, Dana.

Sorry, but no fish pics. He did not take the camera the day he caught fish (one dorado, several bonita, that was it).

The other day he went with Noe they caught nothing at all.And that was the guy he was with when he caught a 280 pound and one 150 pound tuna (one trip) and a huge black marlin and 2 sails (different trip). DisaPPOINTED!
He was very pouty that he STILL has not caught his elusive roosterfish yet.
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Sorry, no....none of me are going to be taken until these extra pounds come off!

I was the photographer and mountains were higher on my list.
This is very disappointing. But the scenery is nice. I guess I'll read on.
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Kidding. Sorta. Nice Riss. This is one of Colleen's favorite places. I have never been there. I want to go now.
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I've been waiting for this one Maggie. And you're coming through BIG TIME, especially with all of the pics. Getting us pumped up for our Christmas Trip to Zihua.

Christmas Time in Cozumel???? We've done that twice now and would've done it this year if airfare had cooperated. If you're looking to do Cozumel on the cheap maybe check into the Villablanca Hotel, we got in there for under $100/nt during Christmas. It's not the Taj but is clean and has a pool with a pretty cool bar across the street right on the water. Kind of walking distance into town if you're feeling energetic-about 2 miles.

Papa Hogs Dive Emporium is right next door and their docks are across the street next to the bar. Very Convenient and easy for hauling gear. I was certified through Papa Hogs in 2006, they did a fine job. Papa Hog is kind of a putz but Mama Hog is a sweetheart and the DM's were all great. Papa and Mama Hog are actually Canadian Ex Pats. They only operate the smaller boats so not the cattle call some of the Op's have going on there and their pricing was in line when we used them.

We're very excited to be headed to Zihua for our first time but gotta say I'm a little envious that you guys are looking at Cozumel. I love that place!!!!
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I've been waiting for this one Maggie. And you're coming through BIG TIME, especially with all of the pics. Getting us pumped up for our Christmas Trip to Zihua.

Christmas Time in Cozumel???? We've done that twice now and would've done it this year if airfare had cooperated. If you're looking to do Cozumel on the cheap maybe check into the Villablanca Hotel, we got in there for under $100/nt during Christmas. It's not the Taj but is clean and has a pool with a pretty cool bar across the street right on the water. Kind of walking distance into town if you're feeling energetic-about 2 miles.

Papa Hogs Dive Emporium is right next door and their docks are across the street next to the bar. Very Convenient and easy for hauling gear. I was certified through Papa Hogs in 2006, they did a fine job. Papa Hog is kind of a putz but Mama Hog is a sweetheart and the DM's were all great. Papa and Mama Hog are actually Canadian Ex Pats. They only operate the smaller boats so not the cattle call some of the Op's have going on there and their pricing was in line when we used them.

We're very excited to be headed to Zihua for our first time but gotta say I'm a little envious that you guys are looking at Cozumel. I love that place!!!!
Thanks for the tips on Cozumel. We aren't certain we are going there, we might not go anywhere at xmas and just go somewhere in March instead. If I need more info about Coz I may just pm you later in fall.

I am glad you liked the pics, I will try to finish tonight- I still have a few more of La Ropa beach area.

Where are you staying, Bungalows la Madera....it looks really nice.
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Okay, man I took a lot of photos...I will get rid of the best of the rest.

Other than Don's two fishing trips and our dives, and our few hours at Last Gatas, we basically just hung out by our pool and Madera beach in front of the hotel and walked around town a lot.

One sunny day we did go to La Ropa and hung out at one of the beach restaurants-like at Otlilias at Las Gatas beach, most have loungers/umbrellas, but don't charge you to use them-just buy drinks and food from them We also rented boogie boards and had some fun in the long rolling waves there, sunning and relaxing, and stayed a few hours. Did not take the camera that day, though.

La Ropa is about a 15 minute hike up and over the mountain from Playa Madera. It has mountains at each end and a flatter plain in between, and behind the row of hotels and beach restaurants in the flat part is a marshy area.

Madera has far more bungalows and a few hotels, La Ropa has a few more upscale hotels and villas and condos now...it is WAY more developed than our last trip, we noticed. There never was any buildings at all before on the hills between La Ropa and Las Gatas, well, that has changed! Oh well, can't keep things the same way forever.

There are several nice places to stay on this beach, it would be great to stay here too- we just prefer Madera because we like to walk into town so much.

Pics from the walk over the mountain when we decided to try to find a high rated pizza place on La Ropa for dinner I'd read about called Jungle Pizza...it looked like it might rain but we decided to not take an umbrella from the hotel...silly people.


This is part of La Casa Que Canta, the hotel where When A Man Loves A Woman (Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan) was filmed....SO nice! Besides Shawshank Redemption, that is what put Zihua on 'the map'. You can see Madera right down there to the right....see how steep that hike was?!







Tentaciones (pretty fancy restaurant; near here is where we spotted the burly mean looking guy guarding the fancy black SUVs).



Il Mare (Italian food, Greek night on Wednesdays- went to dinner here one night. Amazing views.)






at one point you have to turn somewhat of a hard right to head down this access road to the beach...







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we walked down La Ropa beach...





this place looked nice....no idea, but I think it may have been The Tides resort...











this guy was collecting something from the ocean bottom in a bag....oysters?mollusks?



It was dead on this beach, but it was about 6, so many people had just left the beach for the day...plus, it IS low season and this beach is always quieter.



These women (and 1 guy) were having a friendly futbol game...




Yeah, this hill was totally bare last trip....progress!? Did not see any roads, though??



crocodiles behind the fence, did not see them though, and the restaurant there was closed (El Manglar)




After walking allllll the way down to the end,we turned down that road there, all the while watching for 'Jungle Pizza'...hmmm, no dice, and is that raindrops I feel? At least in Mexico when it rains it stays warm, unlike here in the summer.

We went into a little tienda and bought a Modelo Especial to share, and got some directions...."about 200 metres down that road" he says...hmmm, it was more like a mile in the end but who is counting?

nice condos in this area of La Ropa....




After another 15 minutes of hiking - we found it...Jungle Pizza!


mmmm pizza






Lovely place, I highly recommend. The owner and his wife are from NYC. He is a bit twitchy but very friendly. SHe makes amazing ice cream cakes for dessert.



After dinner, he asked if we wanted him to call us a cab....it was not raining yet, so we said nahhhh.....we had a long hike ahead of us though and halfway home it started to POUR ....luckily after five minutes of trudging a cab stopped and for the low price of 40 pesos gave us a ride to our hotel.

Embarassingly enough, I do believe that might have been our latest night out. Like ten o'clock.

God, we're old and lame. This trip, anyway.

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just a few more, of the market downtown....


Don had to buy a mango..."Do you have anything smaller?"...it's often hard to find small peso bills, like many places.




It was quite stinky in there! Raw meat, no refrigeration. P.U.






Lots of shrimp here! and pulpo.




Shark... with fins cut off





more chickens







and that is about it....and, as ever....





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Where have I seen this Octopus picture before??
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Wow!! Great report and even better pictures! You make me want to visit all areas of Mexico and make me remember how much we enjoyed areas other than Playa!!...........Thanks
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Wow!! Great report and even better pictures! You make me want to visit all areas of Mexico and make me remember how much we enjoyed areas other than Playa!!...........Thanks

Thank you!

Mexico sure is a beautiful country....I think we have stayed in 13 different places now. Liked almost all of them. But all have been coastal towns and/or resort areas, we still have yet to visit one inland city....some day we will get to San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato and Oaxaca City...and after Joanie's report, Patzucaro too is on my list.
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Great pics! We will get there one day.....
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