INTERESTING SIDE TRIPS IN ZIHUATANEJO
The Ixtapa beach condo is a great home base for several wonderful day trips.
For those of you that might become a little
restless and want to be on the go, there are some fascinating excursions
that present opportunities to get out of town just for the day or for
a couple of days. Nearest is Ixtapa Island which is accessible by bus
and water taxi. Nothing too exciting there other than a little time
under the palapa and an opportunity to swim and snorkel in some incredibly
clear water. If you go be sure to take along some canned or frozen corn
to feed the fish. Within the bay of Zihuatanejo and accessible only
by boat is Las Gatas-your chance to have a few beers, get pestered by
the silver jewelry salesmen, and to do a little snorkeling.
A little to the north of Ixtapa Island is
the community of Troncones which
is accessible either by bus and taxi or by rented car. Just a few short
(not walkable) miles off the hiway you will find some interesting restaurants,
expansive beaches, and a large collection of private homes some of which
can be rented by the day or by the week. Great place to stay but it
Further north and best accessed by bus or
car is the colonial town of Pátzcuaro which is in the state of Michoacan and is about 3.5 hours away by rental
car. This is just the quaintest little Mexican town full of arts, native
crafts, and historical perspectives. This is a good place to visit if
you have a couple of days to burn in your schedule and are dying for
a native experience inland.
To the immediate south is Barra
de Pótosi which makes a good day trip. Here you will find a Lagoon
where you can rent Kayaks and participate in guided tours of the inland
waters. The beach here is endless with lots to do and it is a great
place to try a local specialty, “La Talla” or “Tiritas.”
Travel here is relatively quick and inexpensive on the 2nd class bus
fleet which can be found on Las Palmas street just east of Benito Juarez.