Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 10:12 (350 days ago) @ mnponyexpress

We will finally be staying in Zihua instead of Ixtapa this time (12/30-1/6) and to sweeten the pot, our kids are staying home in MN. We will be staying in the La Madera area and I have several questions that I am looking for guidance on.
Here goes...
1. Can we walk to La Ropa beach directly from La Madera beach? If not, by map it looks like we can walk a road to La Ropa- assuming... the road is not a highly busy road and we can safely walk the road. Is there easy, obvious access to La Ropa and restrooms available?

You can't walk the beach or coast, but you can walk the road to La Ropa from La Madera. You can also catch a micro (small bus) by just standing on the road and waiting for them to pass by and waving them down. I don't recommend walking the road at night due to poor lighting and zero police vigilance (though personally I wouldn't hesitate to do it because I'm a baaaaad man). ;-)

The Google Map on my MAPS page should help orient you.

2. I am aware of the Comercial grocery store but I recall coming across a grocery store not too far from the farmer's market (we bus to Zihua a couple of times each time we are in Ixtapa)- is this accurate? Where is it located? Would this small grocery have beer/liquor available? If not, is there cross streets to easily locate a liquor store? Same thing for bakery goods- have encountered a couple of panaderias (awesome!!) when walking about in Zihua- any cross street references?

You may be thinking of the store "Merza" on Catalina González street, and now there's another one near it named "Nieto". We shop at "Merza" as well as across the street at the small farmer's market called "Mercado Montes de Oca".

The nearest bakery to La Madera is "Panadería La Boquita" on La Boquita street, just across the second footbridge. See them here on this map:

3. We plan to get fruits/vegetables at the market each day- although we certainly try to expand our Spanish it is pretty tourist level right now- any suggestions for helping us make purchases at the market area? Recommendations for 'cleaning' fresh fruits/vegetables?

We use Microdyn to soak our vegetables. It is available at almost any convenience store. Just follow the very simple directions on the bottle. We wash fruits with soap and water.

4. Is there a way to purchase fish right at the Municipal beach and just purchase the filleted meat? What fish is recommended?

Just wade right in and select the fish you want or ask if they have what you like. We like dorado and atún. You'll see lots of filleted pez vela. I don't recommend buying pez vela.

5. We will eat out each evening- guessing all options are good- thoughts on places within easy walking distance from La Madera area? Would also like to catch some good local music.

Please see the listings for La Madera area restaurants on my RESTAURANTS page. You have a wonderful selection to choose from.

6. We have not been to the area this time of the year (12/30-1/6) before (normally March/April)- will the whales still be active in the area?

Yes, the whales are arriving and you can charter a boat to go watch them or take a cruise on the Picante. See my ACTIVITIES page.

7. I believe Sun. eve. the basketball court is active- is this correct? Any particular New Year's Eve doings w/ a local flair?

Sunday it is too crowded for us. There is usually something going on almost every evening.

Thank you kindly- very excited for a week in Zihua!!

Hope you find this info useful. ¡BIENVENIDOS!

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