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Old 12-17-2011   #31 (permalink)
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I love everything about that condo!
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thanks for the advice on the tour, looks like the girls would love it.....
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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.

If you like AIs there are several in this area too, but if you like higher end AIs and want a great southern West Coast Mexico experience, I'd suggest the Barcelo Karmina Palace in Manzanillo or the brand new Secrets in Huatulco (DROOL).

The only bad thing about Ixtapa is there are no really luxurious or higher end or newer AIs...the best ones would be the Barcelo or the Park Royal or Las Brisas....but there is this hotel right on La Ropa (not up on the hill like we were, but still high up and with great views). The Tides.

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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!
Yes, can't get enough of the sunsets...or the perfect weather.

Early December and late November is a great time to go here- hot and sunny, all the restaurants are open and ready but not crowded yet, town is all geared up for the tourists, the hills are still green and the fishing is ON!

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Great trip report and fantastic photos!
Thanks Bruce. More to come early in the week.

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I love everything about that condo!

I know, there was another one for sale in the same complex, another 2 BR, for $250,000.....we were tempted....



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thanks for the advice on the tour, looks like the girls would love it.....
I am sure they would have a blast, we had two kids aged 15 and 12 with us and they LOVED it...the 12 year old was a bit leery at first but he did it. It is way up in the mountains and I think one has a distance of about 500 feet to the bottom...great scenery!
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YAY!!! Don finally got his rooster.
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omg maggie the pics are absolutely wonderful... thnak you so much for sharing.. you may very well be changing my mind about vacationing on the pacific side...hmmmm

great trip report so far!
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If you like AIs there are several in this area too, but if you like higher end AIs and want a great southern West Coast Mexico experience, I'd suggest the Barcelo Karmina Palace in Manzanillo or the brand new Secrets in Huatulco (DROOL).

The only bad thing about Ixtapa is there are no really luxurious or higher end or newer AIs...the best ones would be the Barcelo or the Park Royal or Las Brisas....but there is this hotel right on La Ropa (not up on the hill like we were, but still high up and with great views). The Tides.

Luxury Hotels in Mexico | Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Resorts | The Tides


A-MA-ZING!!




Yes, can't get enough of the sunsets...or the perfect weather.

Early December and late November is a great time to go here- hot and sunny, all the restaurants are open and ready but not crowded yet, town is all geared up for the tourists, the hills are still green and the fishing is ON!



Thanks Bruce. More to come early in the week.




I know, there was another one for sale in the same complex, another 2 BR, for $250,000.....we were tempted....





I am sure they would have a blast, we had two kids aged 15 and 12 with us and they LOVED it...the 12 year old was a bit leery at first but he did it. It is way up in the mountains and I think one has a distance of about 500 feet to the bottom...great scenery!
Not bad at all!
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YAY!!! Don finally got his rooster.
He was very happy.

Of course he would have been happier with this one. Caught near PV. Isn't it a beauty!




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omg maggie the pics are absolutely wonderful... thnak you so much for sharing.. you may very well be changing my mind about vacationing on the pacific side...hmmmm

great trip report so far!

There are many advantages to the Pacific side. Zihua, Huatulco area and lastly the Costealegre are my favourites. It does lack the Windex coloured water and white sand of the Mayan Riviera, but it more than makes up for it with other attributes.




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Not bad at all!

There was also a lavish penthouse for sale for a cool half million.
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I think I am pretty much done but for a few random pics....



We decided one day to walk over to the bay's prettiest beach, Playa Ls Gatas, just Don and I- for some some snorkeling and to visit our old friend Franco at the restaurant he works at.

This beach is nestled in the far south corner of the bay. You can either take a water taxi from the main pier in Centro (about 40 pesos, return) to get to Las Gatas, or walk on the rocks from the far end of La Ropa. Since we were staying on La Ropa, it made much more sense to walk.

Although I was wishing I had brought some sturdier sandals after scrambling on these rocks...




The beach was as pretty as ever.





view over to La Ropa where we walked from....




See something on this hill that looks like what is in my avatar?






We both went snorkeling out to the rock reef in turn (we'd only packed one set of gear, and no fins, so we took turns). Snorkeling is pretty decent here, lots of fish and the visibility is very good as long as you go early in the day before the tide goes out a bit. You do have to really watch as the best snorkeling is on the far/bay side of the reef and the depth is uneven....when you find yourself in 2 feet of water and a rogue wave hits you, it can be a bit hazardous...happened to me last trip here but luckily I learned!

Best part...




It was a very nice relaxing day.

I had a 150 (200 with tip) peso half hour massage from a girl named Estrella (who I could have sworn was perhaps a boy, in truth....girls tend to not have such large Adams apples after all ....who cares, nice strong hands anyway!)

We walked down to the point where Owen Lee still lives, although he does not own the hotel anymore. Don had brought his fishing rod along
and went to try his luck at the point and I was trailing after him checking out the surfer's paradise rustic hotel 'grounds'.


(Click on his name- his story is very interesting! He is an old hippie who used to work on Jaques Cousteau's boat The Calypso, wrote a book or two (self published, I am assuming), and has lived there on Las Gatas for decades now.)





I saw an older guy and waved at him, he waved back...later Franco confirmed my suspicion that yes, that was Owen, here going on a boat ride.




We saw a boat come in with a sailfish and unload it in front of a restaurant down the line...



This bothered us a bit finding out- Franco told us that when you buy fish in Zihua (and presumably other places) they might say it is dorado or some other type of fish but often it is sailfish or marlin. When Don has done catch and release fishing in this area and Manzanillo and Huatulco, he has noticed that unless he remembers to TELL them he wants to release it, they do often keep it. Apparently they tell gringos it is 'not good to eat' and that the local fishermen release it all (as they are supposed to be doing)...but that is not true, at least according to Franco....he said it gets a pretty penny at the underground fish market. Hmmm.
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One morning Don and I decided to go take a look at what is called The Parthenon, as it was located just down the road from the condo. We got some easy directions from Dee the condo owner ("across the main entrance to Intrawest hotel") and armed with that and a water bottle and camera, set off.


In a nutshell, it is a gaudy, over the top replica of the Greek palace that a former Chief of Police from Mexico City built with embezzled funds....one of many such 'corruption palaces' all over Mexico.

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The Parthenon, Zihuatanejo





You walk up the overgrown path...



until you reach it (note the gold tipped gateposts)





There is an old man who speaks not a single word of English there, his hammock set up....you pay him 100 pesos per person and he will unlock the gate and shoo the barking 'guard dog' away and let you wander around freely. While making 'shushing' motions the whole while (he is not supposed to allow anyone on site, technically).



















The pool could use a cleaning







Was pretty ostentatious in it's day







The basement stairs were pitch black but I braved them anyway...once you got down they were lit by the exit which at one time led all the way under the road and down to La Ropa beach.











nice views, anyway - right smack in the middle of the horseshoe shaped bay, pretty much!







It belongs to either the state or federal gov't now. There has been talk for a long time of restoring it and running it as a museum, but that would cost millions- and what kind of message is that, I suppose.

Heading back down the road to the condo.....




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That really is about it!

It was a nice relaxing week, and we made some good memories with my mom and stepfather.

They very much enjoyed Mexico, although I am not sure they are in any rush to return anytime soon....they just aren't heat lovers. But I know they enjoyed it and now it will be easy for them to join some of their friends on a trip down the road, or go on their own again someday, if they decide they want to. Or maybe we will all do a family Christmas one year somewhere, maybe.

And I am sure one day when we are retired, if mom is still around and healthy (knock on wood!) then we will take her down for a few weeks with us.



Ciao, Zihuatanejo!!

I already miss gazing out at the bay from the pool!





and watching the sunsets from the pool and deck...







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What a great trip! We had such a good time in Z-town last Feb thanks to your past trips and suggestions. Thanks again.
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The Parthenon looked interesting! You wouldn't expect to find that in Mexico. Odd story.
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Great trip report Maggie! We are headed to Idle Awhile in a few weeks, I will give Negril a kiss for you.
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Jeez, in that pic you would never guess my mom and I are mother and daughter ....we really look nothing alike, not only the skin tone ....I take after my Dad.



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What a great trip! We had such a good time in Z-town last Feb thanks to your past trips and suggestions. Thanks again.

Wow, that is so nice to hear, you are so welcome, I love doing it!

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The Parthenon looked interesting! You wouldn't expect to find that in Mexico. Odd story.
It is a strange thing to be perched up there on the hill!

Hey, only 6 more days, have a GREAT time in Playa!!

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Great trip report Maggie! We are headed to Idle Awhile in a few weeks, I will give Negril a kiss for you.

JEALOUS!!! Oh, man. Go have one of Niah's patties for me, a chicken curry one. I dream about that gorgeous beach. Have FUN!
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Brava !



Beautiful spot.
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