Day 1 - Getting to Zihua

Day 2 - El Centro

Day 3 - Playas Las Gatas

Day 4 - Ixtapa

Day 5 - Isla Ixtapa

Day 6 - Barra de Potosi

Day 7 - Around Town

Day 8 - Going Home

Bungalows Ley

Restaurants

Zihua Rob's Site

 



Day 2 - El Centro Zihuatanejo

We woke up Sunday morning pretty darn hungry so we headed into town along the ocean walkway that connects Playa Madera and downtown. We heard a lot of good things on the Zihua message boards about La Sirena Gorda so we thought we would give it a try for breakfast.

The breakfast at La Sirena Gorda was quite good. We enjoyed eating our huevos while watching the passing fisherman.

Since the weather was a little overcast we decided to spend our first day in town "getting our bearings". Downtown consists of a "row of shops and restaurants" along the water, a Mercado food market, and an artesian craft market.

El Centro Zihuatanejo is a very pretty city. We like it even better than Puerto Vallarta. It was full of charm and color. The people we met were very nice. Little English is spoken, but the locals do their best to communicate. We felt very safe and comfortable walking around town. 

This was an interesting site. The building was built around a tree trunk, so a cactus muriel was painted for decoration.

Located by the river is a craft market. The vendors here for the most part were very nice and not too pushy. We found better deals on masks and carvings in the "real" shops just a few streets over. But we did buy some salsa dishes and a Jimmy Buffett looking parrot at the market.

We had a quick Pacifico at one of the beachfront restaurants on fisherman's row. 

We went back to our bungalow via "the city" rather than the ocean front walk. This is the "hill" you have to climb to get up to the Playa Madera hotels. Needless to say, we took the beach route the rest of the week!

For dinner we walked over to La Ropa. (And wow, what a walk!) There is a very large hill that separates Playa Madera with Playa La Ropa. After walking it in the humidity we decided on taxis the rest of the trip. We stopped off at the Sunset Bar, shown above, in the Sovento hotel for a quick snapshot. The Catalina and Sovento have a great location and the balconies look nice and large but we thought the place looked very tired and rundown. But the views were great!

We decided on Patys for dinner and we were glad we did. Right on the beach, two for one margaritas, and great food. Carroll had the Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, which turned out to be a recurring theme all trip long!

This was our view from Patys

After dinner we walked down La Ropa beach and found Hotel Villa Del Sol. VERY nice looking place. We walked through the grounds and out to the lobby to grab a taxi.

On our way to the lobby we noticed a photographer taking pictures of one of their rooms. (Maybe soon to be on their website?) Anyway, I poked my head in and took a quick picture. As you can see above, the rooms look quite nice.