Bucket Lists and Maui and Zihua

by Bill Fun, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 20:31 (91 days ago)

I am not too much into Bucket lists but since I have only 2 out of the 50 states left to hit ((Hawaii and Iowa, airport connections don't count) it as focus. As a result I am going to hit Maui this fall but also have my annual trip to Zihua this year. However, I find myself looking forward to Zihua much more. I hope I like Maui as much but since Hawaii is 2x or more times as Mexico it will be a tough comparison.

I just throw this out during the slow summer months to see if any of the Maui fans have any thoughts on what makes Hawaii more exciting.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 20:39 (91 days ago) @ Bill Fun

Maui is VERY touristy. A bit like Ixtapa on steroids. Beautiful beach hotel after beautiful beach hotel side by side. We’ve been to all of the islands except Lanai, Kauai is our favorite, much more laid back.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 20:40 (91 days ago) @ Bill Fun
edited by Talley Ho, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 20:56

My parents were great fans of road trips into Mexico, with extended durations.

They also loved Maui, and lived on a Southern California beach most of their lives. They took us along for two weeks on Maui many years go. It was interesting, educational, and only added to our desire to spend more time/live in a very tropical setting.

Our main issue with Maui was the water temp. When we went diving we absolutely had to wear a wetsuit. We can work with that, but after having lived in an area where we didn't have to wear one ever, it was a NO.

We also didn't like the fact that it was an island that's only real income was through tourism. Again, after living on South Caicos, we got that.

Our closest friends relocated from our So Cal beach to Kauai over 30 years ago. We were very regular visitors, and continue to be. We couldn't live long term on an island nor could we afford it. The 100% tourism economy is another issue for us.

Our final resting place is here. We purchased our dream property, have our dream house and location, and love it.

We do encourage anyone/everyone who wants to break out of the "normal" thing to try Mexico, especially here,

WAIT DON'T COME HERE, IT'S NASTY, WE DON'T WANT TO SHARE!!!!! :-D

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Bucket Lists and Maui and Zihua

by Sandy feet @, Seattle, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 23:05 (91 days ago) @ Bill Fun

I have been to Maui but Zihuatanejo has my heart.
Enjoy the Island for what it is and check it off of your bucket list.

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by jaui @, Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 23:55 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun
edited by jaui, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:22

6-22-2021

@Bill Fun

EXCERPT from post by Bill Fun----->

I hope I like Maui as much but since Hawaii is 2x or more times as Mexico it will be a tough comparison.

I just throw this out during the slow summer months to see if any of the Maui fans have any thoughts on what makes Hawaii more exciting."


1. Wasn't a word left out?
........"but since Hawaii is 2X or more times as EXPENSIVE as Mexico it will be a tough comparison."

I've heard the expression that Mexico, referring to the tropical beach destinations, is a "poor mans' Hawaii".

2. I lived on Oahu from 1986-1990 & LOVED it there, (I'm originally from So Cal).
Though it is a US State, it has an International ambience, due to the different nationalities there. I almost felt like I was in a foreign country, which I thought was "exciting". I have been to Maui, but preferred OAHU, for various reasons.

As far as ..." if any of the Maui fans have any thoughts on what makes Hawaii more exciting."
This isn't Maui, but what would be more "exciting":
Being on Oahu's North Shore at the Banzai Pipeline on a Big Wave day, or at la Playa Municipal in Z?

Bucket Lists and Maui and Zihua

by Bill Fun, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 09:20 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun

Thanks, I hope it isn't as commercial as some indicate but I am sure I will have a good time.

FYI, I am getting free air there from Alaska since a couple of years ago they were looking for volunteers to delay their trip to Zihua by one day and were offering $750 Alaska Air dollars and a ticket the next day plus an overnight hotel room and vouchers. As I was walking up to volunteer they increased it to $1,000 (great deal)!

Bucket Lists and Maui and Zihua

by catlover, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 09:32 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun

As long as you're there, you may want to check out "Little Beach". It's clothing optional. We stumbled onto it by accident.

Bucket Lists and Maui and Zihua

by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:37 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun

Maui -
helicopter to look over volcano
Drive to Hana
Very cold water
No challenge with English
Food - blah
Shoping - blah

Zihua -
Warm water
Mexican food!
Spanish spoken -- if you come here often, learn it!
darling downtown shops
Gorgeous beaches - every one is different
Incredible views all over

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:46 (90 days ago) @ Susan G

The drive to Hana is not worth it IMO. It takes all day, the road is narrow and twisty with many one lane bridges. If you are driving on your own, you'll be too busy driving to admire the scenery. While it was not a white knuckle drive, that's not much to see or do once you get there, other than an overpriced store selling food and routine souvenirs. The major beaches on Maui are about as touristy as you can get. Very pretty, but we only go to Kauai and the Big Island. WE only go to the big island to visit relatives.

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by B&S @, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 13:28 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun

We sailed up to Hawaii from the South Pacific back in 2008 thinking we would spend a season before moving on. But 12+ years later we are still there. Summers anyway when the sailing around the islands is the best. We love Hawaii in spite of the intense tourism in some areas. We base in Oahu but have visited all the main islands several times. We enjoy Several weeks of anchorages around Maui almost every year. One of our favorites is off the town of Lahaina on the lee shore. It is super touristy but a lot of fun once you accept the fact that everyone else is also having a great vacation. We like the many drives around Maui and think the Road to Hana is superb. But it is a long trip so start early. Another great drive is around the NW coast - not as many tourists and a slow, winding, yet beautiful trip. Hope rental cars are available when you arrive - right now they are scarce and, if you can find one, can be over US$500 per day for a compact.
Hawaii, including Maui, can be beautiful any time of the year BUT winter months are often very rainy and cold (by Hawaii standards). We prefer the summer months. That’s why we spend our winter months at our home in Zihua -still our favorite after nearly 50 years of visits including 12 years of residence.

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by qwerty @, Oregon, USA, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 16:25 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun

I have been to Hawaii twice and Zihua 5 times. Have stayed on Molokai (friend there), Maui and the Big Island. The snorkeling on Maui was the best I have ever experienced in terms of color and variety of the coral and fish. We went in November both times and the water was a little cooler than Zihua or Jamaica but we were able to snorkel as long as we wanted without getting too cold. But like most people have commented, we found Maui to be crowded, over-commercialized, and expensive (we compare it to Southern California). We enjoyed the Big Island more as it was less commercial and less crowded but the snorkeling wasn't quite as impressive. Someday we will make it to Kauai and perhaps Oahu. It is necessary to rent a car in Hawaii which we don't need to do in either Zihua or Jamaica.

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by Keytime @, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 22:13 (90 days ago) @ Bill Fun

We have lived on Maui and we have lived in Zihua. Maui has a lot of great things to offer a tourist. Most enjoyable is the mountain and the towns on the side of it. The climate is perfect and most of the people that live on the mountain are great people. The beaches on the other hand are not so great. The locals claim their turf and the tourists get the rest. Very strange place to live. ZIHUA on the other hand is open to be enjoyed by all that visit. The Locals will share with you the beauty and the culture that is theirs. Soon you will feel local. 10 years in Maui and you will still be a HAOLE. Hawaii is like a foreign county, Zihua is like a home.

Enjoy Maui but I would like to suggest going to Kauai instead if you want to get the real Hawaii experience. Oahu, NONO. Hawaii, TO BIG. Maui, Very Segregated. Kauai, just right.....