Trip Report 10/27 - 11/3

by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Monday, November 05, 2018, 17:26 (9 days ago)

Flight from LAX was great, breezed thru immigration with our electronic forms. If you use electronic immigration forms be sure to use 2 sided printing. I also precut the form and kept it together with a paper clamp, officer was very happy with this. Baggage and customs was a joke just like last year, luckily we don't bring dogs as that was handled even worse. We were out in 2 hours, then the Azul Grand did not have a king or any room ready and it was already 5:30. Went around for a little bit with the clerk and just asked to pay for an upgrade to a suite with a king. Nice room second to the top floor but all you really get is a half bath in the living room and a double sized balcony with a nice size table to eat on, there is also a sauna but not our thing. The worst part is that my wife wants that room from now on.

As usual once you get past check in the hotel was great. The infinity pool was crowded with kids most days so we stuck to the adult pool which was very nice. Never a place to sit and eat at the pool side snack bar so that was really not an option for us during the day, we would just go back to the room and order as the food is much better this way. Did the buffet for breakfast and was very happy with it and once for lunch, not as good as breakfast but they did have a sope / empanada station. Did 2 ala cart dinners which were good but nothing great. This is our third year in a row at this hotel and we have still not seen a show in the evening.

For the 3rd year in a row we used the same taxi driver. I would schedule a day in advance or just use Whatsapp. Real good guy that totally knows the area. Last year we invited him to eat with us a few times and join us at a movie as his wife and son were off visiting her mother for the week. This year we had his wife and kid join us a few times. The first time was for Taqueria el Pastorcito and boy did his wife dress for it, my wife actually felt underdressed at a taqueria. Great food by the way and so inexpensive. Another day we went to Lety's and my wife made sure to dress for it. Had not been there for years, food was outstanding and service was perfect. This will be on our must go places next year. I fish every time with Ramon Olea so we went to his wife's pizza restaurant right down the street from Lety's one night. Her sister has a Mexican restaurant next door so we had enchiladas pollo verde and hawaiian pizza for dinner another night. It was really good food, could not believe that you can get 3 chicken enchiladas for $30 mxn. Everyone got along very well especially since I brought a bottle of Flora de Cana 7 and some coke to mix it with. Ramon always has some good stories to tell and it was really fun to see our taxi drivers son so happy. Our last day we decided no more sun and the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was just out so we decided to go see it. Found a family movie playing at the same time so we invited the family to go, it was the first time their son got to go to the movies. He was so happy he ran over to my wife and gave her a big hug. Movies here are so inexpensive, could see 4 here for the same price as 1 back home. Our first night and last night were spent at Il Mare overlooking the bay. The first night I got spicy spaghetti with huge shrimp and my wife got mahi mahi, fish was cooked well but my spicy spaghetti is their best dish in my opinion. The last night we both got spicy spaghetti. My wife had us keep our left overs for our taxi driver, I thought that it would be an insult but as usual she was correct, he loved getting the left overs.

I went fishing twice with Ramon Olea just for 5 hours each time as I like to get back for lunch with the wife. Many bonitas, a few needlefish and a small 4 pound mahi that I had them throw back. Super fun days with Ramon and his oldest son that treat me like gold, no bad days hanging with these guys. 2 days we walked down to the pier at Playa Linda and spent the afternoon on the island, great food and service. Unfortunately I saw the same size mahi as the one I threw back on a platter that the waiter was showing off. One of the afternoons I drank 3 beers on the island and remembered why we have a rule of no drinking during the day. Wife really loved it there as we had only kayaked to it before. Went to the massage huts by the pier 4 times for $200 mxn massages until my wife said enough! Dhid the usual drop off of school supplies and reading glasses to Lupita, she was so happy to get the donations. Wish we could have brought more like back in the day when we visited via cruise ships, no weight or bag limit there. We then stopped by SPAZ to buy the taxi driver's son a t-shirt and drop some pesos in the box, they were so thankful for the donation.

On the back to the airport our taxi driver took us via the new road off of La Ropa. He stopped at one place and took our picture, it was the best of the trip, amazing views from there. The airport was much better departing than arriving so we had plenty of time to go outside and have one last Mexican meal before we went up to our gate. We will try to come back next year and hope that Rob's efforts pointing out the airport issues continue to pay off.

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Trip Report 10/27 - 11/3

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, November 05, 2018, 18:04 (9 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

Thank you so much for that exhilarating trip report! Glad you got to go fishing with our esteemed friend Ramón! We saw him at the pier a few mornings ago. Maybe it was the morning you went out with him?

Lupita and I especially want to thank you for the supplies you brought and your other donation. You literally brought tears of joy to Lupita's eyes. She's been fretting for some time about buying a school uniform for this boy who sells fritangas along the waterfront and around downtown in the evenings. Extremely hard working, well mannered boy, and he seems quite intelligent. We've helped with school supplies and donated clothing, but a school uniform is another matter, and with our store closed your timely donations were the answer to my wife's prayers (yes, she's quite religious, don't know how puts up with such a heathen as I).

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by MariaB, Tuesday, November 06, 2018, 09:59 (8 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What is the cost of a school uniform for a child?
Are there other costs associated with a child attending school?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, November 06, 2018, 12:31 (8 days ago) @ MariaB

What is the cost of a school uniform for a child?
Are there other costs associated with a child attending school?

I don't recall exactly but I believe a uniform costs around 4 or 500 pesos. Students usually need 3 per school year as well as gym clothes.

Yes, there are other costs associated with attending school, from the illegal inscripción almost every public school gets away with charging, to the daily meals, to the supplies.

school costs

by MariaB, Thursday, November 08, 2018, 09:28 (6 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Who is a person I can contact as I will be down at the end of January.

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school costs

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, November 08, 2018, 09:42 (6 days ago) @ MariaB

Who is a person I can contact as I will be down at the end of January.

My wife Lupita access donations at her boutique, Lupita’s Boutique, in downtown Zihuatanejo.

www.zihuatanejo.net/lupitas

Trip Report 10/27 - 11/3

by Commander Barrett, Tuesday, November 06, 2018, 08:48 (8 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

Fantastic report. Great to see reports like this instead of politics. You made me want May to come quickly. You are correct, Immigration is very fast, Customs very slow. The last couple of years we were thoroughly searched, and for no reason. However, last year Mrs. B and I did not get upset, knowing we would be in paradise for the next two weeks.

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Trip Report 10/27 - 11/3

by Curly! ⌂, Great Pacific Northwet, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, 10:58 (7 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

Great report Craig. Thanks for the take along.

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