Zihuatanejo Bay, Guerrero, Mexico
It was a nice morning with the promise of a relaxing day, perhaps we'd do a local walking tour of Santiago Bay. After all, we had
some time to explore since we were in no need to turn and head north.
"Kellie and I, along with the folks from Southern Belle, are heading down to Zihuat. Would you care to buddy boat with us?" says
Dave, captain and good friend from s/v Sweet Lorraine. He had stopped by on his dinghy about 9:30 AM to inquire and advise.
John and I looked at each other. Hum.....we hadn't really thought we'd go farther south. "When and at what time?" one of us asked.
"Oh, in about an hour". Clearly he meant today. "My birthday is on Wednesday so we'll have a party there and wait for Uncle Jerry".
Uncle Jerry is David's uncle, the twin to his late dad. He was coming down from Ventura, CA later in the month.
Geez! We'd heard all kinds of comments about "Z" town so we'd sort of ruled it out as a destination. It was developed as a tourist
town, the water was dirty and it drew crowds similar to those we experienced in Cabo San Lucas. The biggest thing of all was that it
was almost 200 miles with few overnight anchorages. With favorable wind, that would be 40 hours at 5 knots. This equates to nearly
2 days...and, for what???
John and I looked at each other again. "Ok, let's go!". Not sure which of us said it but we were certainly in agreement. We set to
preparing the boat for passage and we're underway within the hour. This is what happens when you get the "itch" we spoke of in the
Santiago Bay story.
We made the passage as one straight shot but stopped and dropped anchor at Isla Ixtapa, 10 miles north of Zihuat, just before dark
on day 2. Melinda of s/v Southern Belle prepared snacks while hubby George launched his dinghy and gathered the Sweet Lorraine
and Sailsoon crew to join them. An hour or so later we were back on our own boats and settled in for a good long rest.
We buddy boated to Zihuat the following day with Southern Belle leading the way. Since they had been in the area the previous year,
we felt secure in knowing that although we looked dangerously close to all the rocks, we were in safe hands as we cruised the
We discovered the truth about Zihuat. Yes, the water isn't as clean as we'd like it. Suffice it to say we wouldn't swim in water at Playa
Madera, which is where we opted to anchor. However, we would swim at Playa la Ropa or Playa las Gatas, which is a short (< 1
mile) dinghy trip on the south side of the bay. It doesn't compare to Cabo San Lucas as far as water traffic. In a week's time we saw 2
cruise ships, each staying about 12 hours. The passengers who opted to use the water sports toys were well behaved. The town is
clean, people are friendly, it's inexpensive and just lovely. The grocery store is within walking distance (and it's a large Commercial
Mexicana) but you can get a taxi for $2.00 if you don't want to carry heavy things back.
Dave's birthday was celebrated on the beach at Playa Las Gatas. The "regulars" were in attendance; Southern Belle, V'ger, Nakia,and
Sailsoon. Lots of fluids and snacks were enjoyed along with a game of bocci ball. Some of the group proceeded to play volleyball
with another set of cruisers at Playa La Ropa. Others went back to their boats to rest. The day was finished off with a walk of the
town and dinner. This day signified the beginning of the 1st Annual Dave Fest which continued to run through the weekend. Photos will
do the talking from here on what Zihaut is all about. We've been here a week and have no plans to go farther south.....but then again,
who knows?! There are several cruisers in this area who are heading to Central and So. America over the next few weeks......
|First Annual DaveFest 2008 - Zihuatanejo
|Our automatic bottle opener, Josh (Southern Belle).
He's getting a heck of an education huh?
|OK girls, chest out, tummy in. Good Kellie.
|Dave (Sweet Lorraine) making sure our meal will be
good. Real good.
|The gang waiting for dinner at Los Braceros,
|Dave (Sweet Lorraine), the birthday boy,
playing 'what is this gift'?
(goat dangly parts)
|John (s/v Nakia) enjoying the festivities.
|Alot of things are still done the 'old fashioned'
|Clock tower on the Zihuatanejo Catholic
|Southern Belle leading the way past Ixtapa and into
|Local Color - Lucha Libre (Freestyle Wrestling)
|To the utter delight of the 500 fans Dave(L) and George(R)
actually climbed into the ring for a short match before
security threw them out.
|This is the reaction Dave(Sweet Lorraine) received when he
told this local he could take him in the ring.
|Who are these masked men?
(L)Dave(Sweet Lorraine) + (R)George(Southern Belle)
The lovely lady is Kellie (Sweet Lorraine)
|Tim(Hooligan) whispering to Dave that he looks more like
a KKK member than a wrestler with his mask up.
|Fresh baked bread from the central mercado.
|Our view from the boat in Zihuat.
|They're making fresh chorizo sausage.
|Back from a trip to the Commercial Mexicana. Like
most of mainland mexico provisioning is good here.