Zihua to Barra de Navidad

by Brent & Susan, Saturday, March 05, 2011, 13:45 (3415 days ago)

Anyone know how many hours it typically takes to drive from Zihua to Barra de Navidad?

Zihua to Barra de Navidad

by bkeefer, Sunday, March 06, 2011, 10:41 (3414 days ago) @ Brent & Susan

Takes 8-9 hours using toll roads where you can. Easy to get lost in Lazaro de Cardenas and Tecoman.

Zihua to Barra de Navidad

by Canadian Rainbirds ⌂ @, Victoria BC and Zihuatanejo, Sunday, March 06, 2011, 11:08 (3414 days ago) @ Brent & Susan

From our log book of late November 2009:

Cadillac Ranch RV Park, Barra de Navidad to KM 103.5 (over night stop)

273 kilometers in 5 hours of driving time.

Km 103.5 to Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo

225 kilometers in 4:15 hours of driving time.

TOTAL: 498 kilometers (310 miles) in 9 hours, 15 minutes of driving time.

Average speed: 53.8 Km/H (33.5 mph)

one fuel stop and two lunch breaks have been excluded from the times.

Note this was in a 32' diesel pusher motorhome towing a small car.

I have seen estimates of 60 KM/H (40 mph) given as average speed on that road. Much of this road has a posted speed limit of 60 KM/H as well.

If you are driving a car you should estimate at least 8 hours for the trip plus any stops. There are an awful lot of hills and hairpin turns on this road and not a lot fuel or lunch stops along the way.

There is a large Pemex about 50 kilometers north of Playa Azul. At the restaurant/RV park the food good but don't expect fast food! It has taken us a full hour to get our meal. (They also have a pool!)

The drive up the Michoacan coast is beautiful.

Zihua to Barra de Navidad

by El Tacaño, Sunday, March 06, 2011, 17:19 (3414 days ago) @ Canadian Rainbirds

Slow Down & enjoy. Spend a couple of nights on the way. Playa Azul & Manzanillo are two great stops along the way. Or a side trip to Colima with possibly the prettiest town square in all of Mexico.

Re; Colima

by tj, Monday, March 07, 2011, 09:04 (3413 days ago) @ El Tacaño

Don't know if they still do it, but several years ago we stumbled into Colima and they had a battle of the Mariachi bands going on in the town square. At that time this was a daily event that took place at about 2 P.M. each afternoon and all the little restaurants surrounding the town square had a competition of their own serving tapas free while you ordered very reasonably price drinks. Every table of every surrounding restaurant was fill with families and the music was non-stop. Was a highlight of a 7 day road trip from Zihua to Manzanillo to Guadalajara and back.

Zihua to Barra de Navidad

by Brent & Susan, Monday, March 07, 2011, 08:30 (3413 days ago) @ Canadian Rainbirds

Thanks for your detailed reply. That gives us a good idea of where to stop along the way. Too many hours for a single day and still enjoy the trip.


Zihua to Barra de Navidad

by LadyM in Zihua @, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 07:47 (3412 days ago) @ Brent & Susan

I have driven straight through several times. All under 8 hours with a stop for lunch and gas. Even with several stops it is doable in one day.