Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 18:51 (14 days ago)

Flew Alaska out of LAX, left an hour or so late and when I got my bags one looked like it was dragged across the runway or got stuck in a conveyor belt. Not a big deal as most of the stuff inside was fine and we had a one way bag with donations for Lupita we just used to go home with. Immigration and customs were the best of any of our trips to Zihua.

Stayed for the 4th year in a row at the Azul Grand. Got a master suite on the 22nd floor with a king bed just like we wanted. Hotel may have been about 1/3 full at most. Breakfast is very good here, lunch good but room service better and dinner is just so so. We only had 1 dinner at the hotel this trip and it will probably be or last dinner here, too much good food in Zihua. Pool and service is very good here, we plan to come back next year. Love the lobby bar for a drink or 2 before we go out for dinner.

Ate on Isla Ixtapa twice and loved the food. For dinner we did our first and last night at Il Mare, love the spaghetti alla diavola with huge shrimp, we have ordered other things over the years but this is what they know how to make. 2 nights at Ramon Oleaje wife's pizza restaurant and her sisters Mexican restaurant, love having enchiladas verde with some good pizza. They are on the same road as Lety's but just a little further away from the water. One night at Pastorcito, great tacos and one night at La Gula which did a great job cooking our fish. Broke down one afternoon and went to Rubens for hamburgers, we may break down every year now!

Fished 5 hours one day looking for Dorados and could not find any. Switched over to a rapala and a couple of hoochies so that my wife could at least catch some bonito. Ended up with 3 bonitos and about an 8 kilo Dorado on my rapala. Did a second day from the Playa Linda pier just to have some fun and lunch on the island, didn't leave until 9:00 am. Took our taxi driver and his wife and son out as they never have gone out before. Of course nothing would bite and only caught 1 bonito in about 2 1/2 hours of trolling. The island was nice and we had a good time.

This is the first year that I got my wife on the Ciclopista. We actually walked it to Ixtapa 3 mornings and rented bikes one morning and did a round trip. Great place for a walk but you need to keep moving to avoid the mosquitoes. Wife loved feeding the Tejones fruit on the path, yeah I know don't feed wild animals so go ahead and judge.

This is the 3rd year in a row that I have been using the same taxi driver and it really works well for us. No games are played with us and he is always about 5 minutes early. He has a very nice family and we always take them out a few times. He has very good local knowledge, is very helpful and never in a hurry.

Had a great time as usual and plan on coming back next October, we find the end of October a perfect time to come. We never stay out past 10:00 and never have had even a slight problem in the area. Even the timeshare guy at the hotel just greets us and has given up on selling us anything.

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Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 19:06 (14 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

Thank you VERY MUCH for the fun and informative trip report and especially for your generous gifts for the kids, Lupita and me. I also snuck a candy for myself, hope ya don't mind. I mean, it's not much different than feeding the tejones...

I don't know if I'll ever find time to post all the photos of the children with their school supplies. You brought a LOT of supplies! I've already got a bunch but I've only just now had a little "free time" today to post some photos, and I had to turn down a walk with my sweetie. Never enough hours in a day, especially when you move as slowly as I do.

¡Muchísimas gracias, Craig, a ti y a tu bonita esposa! (Perdón, se me olvidó su nombre.)

Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 09:13 (14 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

When I have given out supplies it was always nice to give the kid a little candy to go with it. We have always been guilty of taking a little for the niños grandes. Glad we were finally able to bring Lupita something as she does so much work for nothing and it took up zero room in the suitcase. Love bringing stuff down to Lupita as where else does 100+% go to the charity. Never met a woman that was so happy to see me!

Next year if any of you want to meet up I’ll buy all the pizza and enchiladas verdes you can eat over at Ramon Oleaje’s wife and sister in-laws restaurants. Details to come in 11 months.

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Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 10:59 (13 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

When I have given out supplies it was always nice to give the kid a little candy to go with it. We have always been guilty of taking a little for the niños grandes. Glad we were finally able to bring Lupita something as she does so much work for nothing and it took up zero room in the suitcase. Love bringing stuff down to Lupita as where else does 100+% go to the charity. Never met a woman that was so happy to see me!

Next year if any of you want to meet up I’ll buy all the pizza and enchiladas verdes you can eat over at Ramon Oleaje’s wife and sister in-laws restaurants. Details to come in 11 months.

Count us in! Our chats are always too brief.

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Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 19:16 (14 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

Thanks so much for loving our paradise. You and your sweetie make meeting our visitors worthwhile. Maybe next visit we can meet up!

Thanks, too for your donations to our lovely neighbors.

Spread the word about our paradise and keep coming back.

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Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 22:45 (14 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

What do badgers like to eat?

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Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by SweetSusy @, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 13:57 (13 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

What is the name of the restaurants you are referring to near Letty’s? I’d love to go!

Trip Report 10/26/19 - 11/2/19

by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 14:43 (13 days ago) @ SweetSusy

I don’t know if they even have a name. Get in a taxi and call Ramon Oleaje at +52 (755) 558 8445 and he will direct the driver. Another advantage of using the same taxi driver, he even asked me which day that I wanted to go to Lupita’s.