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Below is some scenery on the way to Zihuatanejo. The road was very good, but curved around many times. You had to be on the ball.

 

Stunning coastline views

We are once again surrounded by lush mountains and tropical vegetation

There are many coastline views along this route with gorgeous sandy beaches that stretch for miles

Once we got to the toll portion of Mex 200 the road widened out with shoulders and guard rails. 

Out first view of Ixtapa from a lookout on Mex 200

Below is a good link about the area and what to see and do:

http://www.ixtapa-zihuatanejo.com/info/english.htm

 

Information about Zihuatanejo:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zihuatanejo

 

El Manglar RV Park ( in Zihuatanejo)

Zihuatananjo Guerrero Mexico

Restaurant - we have not eaten at the restaurant, but we hear the food is excellent

Camping

Beach access - you walk out the back of the campground and through the restaurant area and across the small bridge and you are on the beach. ( 1 minute walk) - John and I carried our lawn chairs,umbrellas,and bag along with us for a very enjoyable afternoon on the beach. Bring some cash you never know what the vendors are selling. Our favorites is the Oaxaca cheese and Coco Frios

 

Full service RV spots were added for the 2004/205 season.  

Some shaded sites

The water supplied and electricity are good. 

Internet is free and can be accessed at the restaurant area. There are even plugins for your laptop so your battery doesn't die while you are surfing the web.

Cost/night: 300 pesos includes all services and internet

Directions: This is confusing so enter town and watch for signs to the Hotel Zone. Once there go to Playa La Ropa. At the statue of the Dolphins turn continue down the road. Towards the end of the road you will see a large overhead arch. Go under and to the end of the road. It is the RV Park on your right

Plans to have RV Hook Ups for 2005 Season

 

GPS -     N 17*37.863  

                W 101*32.671

Pictures of the RV park

The showers/bathrooms

Main RV area. We got the last spot and they closed the gates behind us. I were extremely lucky. Most people book a year in advance to secure there spot here.

Lots of people will stop on the bridge as they exit the RV Park just so they can see if any of the crocodiles are out. There is a salt water crocodile habitat next to the park/restaurant. They tend to come out later in the evening. I got a couple of pictures of one that was about 8 ft long.

This particular crocodile is the pet of one of the owners of the restaurant next to us. He was out for his morning walk. They wrap wire around his snout so he doesn't take off the hands of his handler!!!

Beach

There were lots of large boats moored off the beach and they would come ashore in the morning to use the El Manglar restrooms/showers and row back in their kayaks/smaller boats. They paid a fee to the owner of the park.

I loved the colours of the buildings along this coastline, very vibrant, not commercial and modern looking. Notice that the buildings are stepped up the side of the hills here. Some engineering went into this 

A very old gentlemen taking a stroll along the beach

Another one of those special string bikini photo shots

If you want to do water sports you can sit on this toy, hang on as it whips you around the inlet. I never asked the price

Lots of people that have more guts than me decided to  pay to be dragged behind a boat under this parachute. This guy is one of the owners and he decided to take a trip around to drum up business. Notice he is not sitting in the harness. The guy is standing on it and hanging onto the ropes tethered to the parachute. Hope he has good life insurance!!! He is about 70 ft or more above the water!!!!

A few of the finest walking the beach. These are the local police. Some of their staff are assigned to patrol the beach and the city streets on foot. Yes they are carrying fully automatic rifles.

John and Gizmo catching some rays

These gentlemen caught this Sailfish while out fishing and what a catch. The thing weighted about 100lbs. There is a second smaller one on the ground in front of them

Some more nice buildings along the beach

John and I decided to take a long walk on our last day in Zihuatanejo. We ended up walking about 6 miles and ended up in the downtown area. We enjoyed the downtown with its nice shops, restaurants and fish market. We still have not made it to the Mercado, but hope to get back there after Acapulco.

More city police patrolling

Downtown Zihuatanejo

I am resting after our long walk. Behind me is the fish market. The boats come in off the beach here and the fish is weighed and sold fresh that morning. John and I couldn't walk back without fueling up so we found the nearest beach bar and ordered two corona, tacos with salsa and guacamole. 

Ok we ate and drank and still couldn't stand the thought of the walk back in 30 deg heat with high humidity!!! Taxi time. Taxis around here are cheap. I would not bring down a second vehicle. It really is not a requirement. The average cost of a taxi is between 300 and 500 pesos for a trip. We paid 800 pesos to go from Zihuatanejo to Ixtapa.

The cost of food in the restaurants is comparable to the US or Canada.

The main place to buy an order of groceries is the "Comercial". It was a 350 peso taxi ride from our park. We also bought three umbrellas while we were there for 100 pesos each. A very good deal. Groceries are about 10-15 percent cheaper than in the US and about 20 percent cheaper than Canada

Ixtapa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixtapa

We arrived in Ixtapa and what do we see but the tram that Andre talked about. I had to get a picture of the beach and the condos/timeshares in the background

The hotels and condos are more modern in Ixtapa

A beautiful local beach hotel pool area overlooking the ocean

Shopping area

John and I did not spend more than a few hours in Ixtapa. Probable because it does not have a large shopping area and the beach and Tequila in Zihuatanejo was calling us.

Zihuatanejo is our favorite beach so far on this trip. For amenities, shopping and beach Mazatlan is still #1

Our next stop is Acapulco approx 250 km south east.

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