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Old 12-14-2011   #16 (permalink)
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Are you going to have your shirt off in the pics like Don?

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Thanks for reading everyone, I will try to finish it over the next couple of days...some area beach pics, fishing pics, town pics to come.

Even a couple food pics from the first couple of days when I remembered to take any.
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Since we had my folks along, this was a pretty laid- back trip....basically we just hung around the city and introuced them to Zihua.

We chilled at the condo a lot, went out for some great meals, swam in the pools and ocean, walked the beaches, and went fishing twice.

We had pre-arranged an inshore fishing trip on the panga The Huntress, which is owned by Mike and Dee, the condo owners. (What a great set-up they have- they have 4 properties, one they live in at Casa Que ve el Mar, and three others they rent out- plus two pangas they use for charter fishing trips. He says it keeps him out of trouble in his retirement. )


Francisco and Juan were great captains. Francisco had near perfect, unaccented English, which we complimented him on. That sparked him telling us he was deported 6 months ago from the US, where he was living with his American wife and son, and he is heartbroken to be back in Gro and ripped apart from them. Very sad situation for many people in Mexico, I suppose.

Here are some pics from the first trip with all four of us...

sunrise on the way out







I look SO excited to be up at 5:30 on my vacation...





Grinning with anticipation....(the way to this man's heart is a fishing trip)



Watch you don't reel in on your pacemaker side!



not sure if you can see but there was loads of schools of fish and bait balls, feeding time here:




We caught a few bonita, and a couple Sierra mackerel and chula...sadly no dorado/mahi mahi but still good for lunch....we stopped at Isla Ixtapa to cook it up.



Our cook with the catch...




waiting...





the restaurants ancient pet rabbit (?!?!?)



Lovely beaches on Isla Ixtapa. It is perfect for a day trip for people staying in Ixtapa, you take a bus to Playa Linda and then a cheap water taxi across. The beach in Ixtapa has very heavy surf, but these are great for swimming....






and there is a back beach called Playa Coral with white crushed coral sand like the Mayan, from an offshore reef, that has VERY good snorkeling...you must go early for best visibility...








Dang! I never got pics of our lunch....we had ceviche made with the bonito which was YUMMY....as always...then we had Veracruz style and breaded and garlic butter fish with the rest. Very good. We also bought drinks for the captain and first mate, and fed them too. Bill came to under 500 pesos and we each had one or two beer. VERY cheap in this area!

Petting the bunny.




leaving...







And then the men also went a second time without us. Don had read of 'Adolfo, the Rooster King', who specializes in catching roosterfish. Since he has been trying to catch a rooster for about a decade, he booked a trip...success! Both he and my stepdad caught roosters, along with HUGE 25-30 pound Jack Crevalle, and a couple nice sized Sierra mackerel.

Mom and I went to Ixtapa that day (mistake, harassed by timeshare sharks and vendors non-stop, better shopping in Zihua, sheesh) and we were amused to see them as giddy as schoolboys after their day.

Roosters!





big Sierra



HUGE jacks!

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Joan (it is Joan, right?) where are you staying in PV?

You guys should check out Zihua some year, too....the beaches are SO much nicer than PV beaches. Weather is better too.


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Yep, PV in a condo in the Marina. We haven't been to the Pacific side since before we had kids (1994). We rented through VRBO as well. Kids are a little leary of the condo idea so we compromised. It is a bigger complex with a large pool but a bit out of town. I am having so much fin researching all the different restaurants to try..............so many places to try, so little time ( and money!!)
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Yep, PV in a condo in the Marina. We haven't been to the Pacific side since before we had kids (1994). We rented through VRBO as well. Kids are a little leary of the condo idea so we compromised. It is a bigger complex with a large pool but a bit out of town. I am having so much fin researching all the different restaurants to try..............so many places to try, so little time ( and money!!)

PV has LOADS of great restaurants, for sure.....another foodie's paradise.

I remember going to Pipis and loving it...not sure it is even still around. But it was almost a La Parilla type of place, quite tourist, but good food and fun.

and the bar with the burro rides! Can't remember the name.
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PV has LOADS of great restaurants, for sure.....another foodie's paradise.

I remember going to Pipis and loving it...not sure it is even still around. But it was almost a La Parilla type of place, quite tourist, but good food and fun.

and the bar with the burro rides! Can't remember the name.
Andele is the name of the bar with the burro....in old town PV. There's lots of restaurants around the marina area and it's a short walk to the beach and any of the hotels welcome you to use there chairs and even their pools....at least they did when we were there.

The bus is a fun and CHEAP way to get downtown. The last time we were in PV Pipi's was still there at least it was four years ago.
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Andales! Thank you thank you.

Of course. Had a few fun nights there!


I even rode the burro once.

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thanks guys!! Pipi's is still going strong according to recent reviews!!
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You will have a great time, Joan....if you are looking for fun day trips, this was awesome when we did it a couple of years ago. Also a day trip up to Sayulita or San Pancho is a great thing to do!


okay....more pics....


after fishing, the way back to Zihua....we were up fishing by Troncones - we passed the high rise hotels of Ixtapa on Playa Palmar on the way back south to Zihua bay. Holy cow- it was deserted!




we stayed at this middle hotel in this pic below, it's the Dorado Pacifico, our first two trips to the area. Very nice, great views, but this area is characterless and full of timeshare sharks...we far prefer staying in Zihua!









this is Las Brisas, a bit more remote from the other hotels.









Photos of around Zihua.

Centro area....VERY clean. They were just building all these wooden shade awnings our last visit, and they are SO nice to have in this sunny heat for wandering around downtown.














these signs are also in front of all the shops and restaurants







getting close to Christmas!



and dia of the Virgen de Guadalupe







DVDs at a steal of a price...totally legit, I am sure...






eggs bennie


our brushcetta appie at Il Mare...great restaurant just down the street from the condo.

Restaurant in Zihuatanejo Ixtapa Mexico. Il Mare Ristorante is perched on a cliff...


it was a great view there, and this was mom's favourite restaurant all week- great pasta. The men both had linguine with clams and mom and I had penne arrabiata. Wednesdays are Greek night' here and we were going to go back for that, but there were just too many other great places to try.




it was funny to watch the painters at the condo....although some of the things they rigged up, I couldn't watch...where the heck is the Mexican version of OSHA?


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Loving all the pics Maggie!
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Thanks, Larry.

I will likely not be able to finish this until after the weekend now. Sit tight, I have a few pics left.
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Great Photos and report...
Looks very laid back - my kinda place.
It really is pretty...I need to go here and try someplace different.
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awesome pics! you just cant beat the sunsets on the west coast....brilliant shots.
and that condo looks fantastic... the owner of that condo seems to have life figured out too! good on him!
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Great trip report and fantastic photos!
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