Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Chelseaboy, Saturday, July 07, 2018, 09:48 (129 days ago)

We’re looking at rentals in both of these and wondered what the regulars feel about the differences between the two. We are four retirees, all familiar with Mexico but not with the beach towns of Guerrero. We like to walk the beach, swim in the ocean and have a number of restaurants to try within walking distance. We like Bucerias and Puerto Morelos.
Salud!!

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Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, July 07, 2018, 12:02 (129 days ago) @ Chelseaboy

We’re looking at rentals in both of these and wondered what the regulars feel about the differences between the two. We are four retirees, all familiar with Mexico but not with the beach towns of Guerrero. We like to walk the beach, swim in the ocean and have a number of restaurants to try within walking distance. We like Bucerias and Puerto Morelos.
Salud!!

Being open ocean, swimming may be difficult at much of Playa Blanca except near the southern end of the beach where the village of Barra de Potosí is located, which is also where several excellent lodgings and numerous restaurants are, most of the latter which close around sunset. If you can get past the breakers and know to look out for riptides then swimming at the rest of Playa Blanca and Playa Larga isn't a problem. Some lodgings offer paddle boards that are good for getting past the breakers.

Troncones is also open ocean and presents a similar problem. There are a few areas good for swimming, but again, you need to watch out for the currents. Playa Manzanillo, where several excellent lodgings are located, is probably the best place for swimming where you can just jump in the water and paddle around. Most other places you will have to deal with the waves and currents of an open ocean.

I list recommended lodgings for both places in my respective Zihuatanejo and Troncones Directories.

Warm saludos!

Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Chelseaboy, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 01:22 (129 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks for your help Rob, much appreciated!!

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Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 08:43 (128 days ago) @ Chelseaboy

First I will say I live in Troncones and am slightly biased, but sticking to facts as much as possible... Assuming you are coming in the tourist season, Nov. through April, you will find much more to do in Troncones as far as live music at night, a far larger variety of restaurants and activities in general. While Barra has a lot of restaurants they nearly all have the same types of food.

Weekends in Barra are difficult, buses and buses of National tourists arrive, filling the beach and the restaurants. In Troncones we have almost none of that. 1 or 2 buses at the most.

We have miles of near-empty beaches to walk, as does Barra. I like our beaches better because there is a variety of terrains, tide pools, and mountains. Manzanillo Bay is an excellent swimming beach as long as there is no severe weather.

There are far more selections of accommodations in Troncones, ranging from very affordable to very expensive, basic to luxury.

Prices are a bit higher on some things here I think.

I go to Barra frequently for lunch and just to look at different scenery, but I still think you can't beat Troncones for overall beauty.

I would close by saying The Inn at Manzanillo Bay is an excellent place to stay, beautiful rooms, breath-taking scenery, an excellent restaurant and an OUTSTANDING General Manager. They are close to many other restaurants and right on Manzanillo Bay.

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Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 13:24 (128 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

An excellent report and actually unbiased. I do say Bungalows Solecito is hard to beat and they serve excellent gourmet dinners.

Barra is a bit more, maybe a lot more laid back. If I had 3 weeks I would go to Barra for one week and two weeks at Barra.

To each his own.

Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Chelseaboy, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 16:02 (128 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

Thanks Hunter for all the info and opinion! I must say Troncones seems to be looking like the favourite at the moment.
I’ve looked at the Inn at Manzanillo Bay and it looks great but i think we’d prefer to stay in a villa/house where we are sole occupants. We like meeting new folk in restaurants/bars etc but not necessarily every trip to the pool.
Salud!!

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Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 17:11 (128 days ago) @ Chelseaboy

Drop me an email. I can help you find a place. I have been here many years and know just about every house and the people that own them.

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www.williammertz.photography

Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by connie, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 21:37 (128 days ago) @ Chelseaboy

I confess to being a friend of the owner of the Inn at Manzanillo Bay, but I am also a "foodie". Even if you don't stay there, try to have at least one lunch and one dinner there. I have never tasted one bad morsel of food that Michael has prepared. And he's a really nice guy!!

Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by John Redcorn, Monday, July 09, 2018, 12:25 (127 days ago) @ connie

Agreed on Manzanillo. Even if you stay elsewhere, it is a must stop for a meal.

Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Chelseaboy, Monday, July 09, 2018, 14:57 (127 days ago) @ John Redcorn

Thanks again...lots of food for thought!! Zihuatanejo looks to,be a little too hilly for us...a nice flat beach town/village is what we’re looking for!
Btw, I’m a lurker on this forum and its great to hear from Rob, Hunter, Talley ho etc...ive read pages and pages of local stuff and political debate...keep it up, its great!
Salud!!

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Troncones or Barra de Potosi/Playa Blanca?

by Talley Ho @, Sunday, July 08, 2018, 16:17 (128 days ago) @ Chelseaboy

Have you considered Zihuatanejo? The bay is perfect for swimming and water sports, there are many different and varied types of lodging, and the restaurant and night life choices are wide. It's a lot like Bucerias was 30 years ago. The ocean here is a LOT nicer than Puerto Morelos, and on Playa la Ropa you have yoga choices.