Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by mnponyexpress, Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 09:35 (8 days ago)

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?
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?
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?
4. Is there a way to purchase fish right at the Municipal beach and just purchase the filleted meat? What fish is recommended?
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.
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?
7. I believe Sun. eve. the basketball court is active- is this correct? Any particular New Year's Eve doings w/ a local flair?
Thank you kindly- very excited for a week in Zihua!!

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Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 10:07 (8 days ago) @ mnponyexpress

Please come back after your stay, and give a comparison report!!

I would be very interested on your take on the differences to you!!

TIA!

Keith

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Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 10:11 (8 days ago) @ mnponyexpress

Lots of questions, many of which you'll find pleasantly answered by walking around Colonia La Madera and El Centro. I will offer a few attempts below:

1. You cannot walk directly along the beach from La Madera to La Ropa. If you're a strong swimmer you could do 300 meters or so in the water and avoid walking along the road. That option is taken by very, very few, so, you'll need to walk along the road. It is a fairly busy road at that. However, there is a more than adequate sidewalk the whole way, so you need not be overly cautious about traffic. Once you've crested the hill and begin the descent to La Ropa, you have three main opportunities to head to Playa La Ropa. The first is immediately after you pass by La Casa Que Canta -turn down this steep path and you'll exit onto the far north end of the beach. (This is the route my wife and I almost always take.) Second opportunity is near the bottom of the hill at the statue of Los Delfines (Dolphins) -one short block down to the beach. Third is way down the road to the south end of the beach -walk a couple of blocks and hello beach.
2. Lots of little tiendas that sell most of what you listed. If you are staying up on the high ridge of La Madera, there is one just a little way downhill and across the street from Hotel Aura Del Mar. Others may have to locate the other supermarket for you...I've been there, but can't name the street for you.
3. We always wash our fruits with mild dish soap solution and that's worked just fine.
4. I can't say if they'll filet fish for you there...
5. Search the archives; there are many threads on this topic. Our favorites along Calle Adelita in La Madera are Rufo's and La Teracita.
6. idk
7.Sundays the zocalo -basketball court is always hoppin' and New Year's Eve should be especially festive.

Enjoy your trip!

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Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 10:12 (8 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:
https://www.google.com.mx/maps/@17.6409138,-101.5529629,3a,75y,0.51h,80.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sAyL5VHwhKmFvKT3xlu8_5Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

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.
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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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Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by Mike from SF @, Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 10:16 (8 days ago) @ mnponyexpress

There will be a lot more people at that time, many more nationals on Christmas holiday. They arrive by the busloads.

Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by James, Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 08:34 (7 days ago) @ mnponyexpress

For starters: Since you are staying in the 'Madera neighborhood' .. On Adelita, roughly across the street from Rubens Hamburgers, is an excellent small coffee shop with fresh pastries etc. Highly recommend all of their iced lattes.

Walking to La Ropa is easily doable... but the hills will get you especially in the afternoon. So a taxi is a good option and cheap.

The tienda below the dolphin statue has beer - wine - and snacks. Keep going straight and you'll be at Paty's and La Ropa.

Really lot's of options for meals in the Madera area... My highest recommendation would be La Terracita on Adelita. I believe that they also have a 'beach'bar/restaurant on Madera Beach, but have yet to check that out.

Have fun

Terracita on the beach side

by katherine @, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 06:51 (6 days ago) @ James

Terracita on the beach side is my new favorite restaurant. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the effort, especially if you enjoy the soothing sound of surf. Delicious food, comfortable ambience, great service. Live music on some nights.

Terracita on the beach side

by James, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 09:03 (6 days ago) @ katherine

Where is Terracita's beach restaurant? How to access etc? Thanks.

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Terracita on the beach side

by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 09:12 (6 days ago) @ James

Where is Terracita's beach restaurant? How to access etc? Thanks.

It is along the walkway into town fronting on Playa Lerdo de Tejada (?) which is the first small beach you come to after Playa La Madera on your way when walking towards town. There is also a street-level entrance there which leads to Calle Adelita. I believe there is a pink apartment building beside this street entrance.

alternative explanation of how to find Terracita

by katherine @, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 12:00 (6 days ago) @ James

If you are on Calle Adelita, either just before or just after you come to the "original" Terracita (depending on which direction you are walking), take the fork that goes down to the sea walk and make a left turn. The little beach there is actually called Playa Conchita. Anyway, within a few steps you will start seeing signs directing you toward Terracita. It is a long and winding way up, with lots of stairs involved. In the evening, there are friendly folks stationed along the way to help direct you. Just when you begin to think you will never arrive, there you are. So worth the effort!

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La Playa

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 12:21 (6 days ago) @ katherine

That’s the first time I’ve heard that beach called Playa Conchita. Its name is Playa Las Manzanillas but some folks call it Playa El Caracol. ;-)

La Playa

by katherine @, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 13:37 (6 days ago) @ ZihuaRob
edited by katherine, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 13:49

That’s the first time I’ve heard that beach called Playa Conchita. Its name is Playa Las Manzanillas but some folks call it Playa El Caracol. ;-)

hmmmm . . . there is a very weathered sign along the walkway that says Playa Conchita. Or maybe Playa la Conchita. The waiter also told us that was the name of the beach. Maybe we are thinking of two different beaches? The one I am referring to is the small beach that we saw looking down from the restaurant.

Or maybe my short-term memory is letting me down again. Seems to happen a lot lately!! Maybe I am mis-remembering both the sign and what the waiter said. Or maybe the entire episode was only a dream.

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La Playa

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 13:56 (6 days ago) @ katherine

That’s the first time I’ve heard that beach called Playa Conchita. Its name is Playa Las Manzanillas but some folks call it Playa El Caracol. ;-)


hmmmm . . . there is a very weathered sign along the walkway that says Playa Conchita. Or maybe Playa la Conchita. The waiter also told us that was the name of the beach. Maybe we are thinking of two different beaches? The one I am referring to is the small beach that we saw looking down from the restaurant.

I don't doubt it. Most folks here in Zihuatanejo are newer here than I am and never knew the name of that beach or the one between it and downtown. I assure you the old timers from Zihuatanejo will agree with me.

Guide to Beaches in Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa

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alternative explanation of how to find Terracita

by h4Dan, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 13:39 (6 days ago) @ katherine

You can go to Google maps, search for Zihautanejo, zoom in on Playa La Madera, pretty soon it zooms to La Terracita No 1 with a restaurant icon.

Looking over on Calle Adelita you will see another La Terracita without a number

We'll for sure be trying it out in Feb when we come for our annual two weeks at Arena suites

Easiest way to find Terracita Beach

by Lola Zihua, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 18:52 (3 days ago) @ h4Dan

Stop by the original La Terracita on Calle Adelita and ask - where is Terracita Beach?” - they will point you in the right direction. Easy peasy! Also good to know: the menu at the beach location is not the same as the original location - more grilled meats and no pasta dishes. So if you were hoping to enjoy Terracita spaghetti seaside that won’t happen. Having said that both restaurants are excellent!

Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by ZihuaRx @, Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 22:13 (7 days ago) @ mnponyexpress

First of all I agree with all of the above. It's a great walk. Walk up hill on Calle Adelita once you pass Hotel Irma you are getting close. After Irma go up the stairs and when you get to the road turn right. It's sidewalk the whole way. Once you get to La Casa Que Canta you will see a steep driveway down. I would take that as you get to the furthest northern part of Playa La Ropa. The view south is beautiful. Now slowly walk the beach south. Lot's of options and you may want to hit them all. El Vira's wasn't open when we were there about a week ago, but Paty's beside it works. All have bathrooms. Then slowly walk to until you get to those beach chairs with just umbrella's near the centre of La Ropa. May be the cheapest price for food and beer on the beach. Have another cool one. Try a michelada. Food is good at all these places. Then there are about 5 more restaurants down the beach. All just fine. Mangler's, El Pirata, Rosy's, Gaviota's to mention a few. Later in the afternoon when your hunger and thirst is quenched go past Rosy's and walk up to the road. You can grab a cab or a combi back. As far as a bakery (Panaderia) goes there is La Boquita panaderia which is wonderful. It's just over the canal from Madera.
Totally agree on La Terracita for breakfast. The huevos rancheros are loco and so is the Mexican coffee. The other Terracita overlooking Playa madera is also quite nice. Tough to beat Rufos for supper or La Gula or the one with barbeque on one side of the street and the tables on the other. El Viejo for sunday brunch is also fantastic and so is margaritas for breakfast, next to El Viejo. All these place are on Calle Adelita or just off of it. Don't even get me started on the food downtown because it is fantastic...Okay I will give you one.... Los Braseros for the tacos de pescado (one order for two people). I hope you have a great trip. Saludos. (sorry about all the spelling mistakes).

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Finally staying in Zihua this time...

by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 07:24 (6 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

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by Sunset View, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 07:50 (6 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

Thank you! Just the type of post I like to read.:-D

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Finally staying in Zihua this time...Nice!

by roadlesstraveledguyMN @, Cannon Falls, MN USA, Thursday, December 07, 2017, 09:42 (6 days ago) @ Sunset View
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mnponyexpress
My wife and I love the La Madera neighborhood and have stayed there for many years until the stairs up to our favorite room on the top floor room of the Irma got to be too much. The past 3 years we stayed in Ixtapa at the Posada Real but still go Zihuatanejo on the bus almost everyday. We would walk over the hill to La Ropa in the morning before it got to hot and have breakfast at Paty's then after some beach time take the combi bus or cab back. I can recommend a couple restaurants in the La Madera neighborhood, Margaritas just down from Casa Vieja is a great place for breakfast and for dinner try Adelita's on the right hand side by the pedestrian bridge
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