Trip Report - abridged

by Ironwood @, Sunday, November 21, 2021, 09:02 (13 days ago)

Drove down from British Columbia, for the first time since 2014/15. Haven't been to Zihua since March/20. Drove 5379 km (3342 miles), Mexican roads, (including the toll roads, which, for the most part, are in lousy shape) took another two years off the life of my car. Tolls in Mexico 2340 pesos. Spent 3 nights in Mazatlan: way too busy/crazy for us now.....couldn't wait to get to quieter, more laid-back Zihua.

Man, it's hot and humid here in Zihua, compared to Maz. Re the remodeled Paseo del Pesdador: from what we'd seen in photos, we were prepared to dislike it, but are pleasantly surprised. Yes, it took away lots of beach. Yes, there appears to be no space available for concerts, eg GuitarFest. And we wonder if all those 100s of lights have a master dimmer switch.....that would be nice.

Still confused by La Ropa's beach rules......"certified", whatever the hell that means, but only from the Thompson to the rocks at the north end? Does that mean life as usual from the Thompson to Las Gaviotas? Lounge chairs on the beach? Folks can set up their own umbrellas and chairs? Like La Ropa pre COVID?

No health checks whatsoever entering Mexico by land.....no questions, no health forms, nada. $400 US deposit for our 9 year old car! How old does a car have to be for the lowest $200 US deposit? We did ask for, and got without question, the max 180 days on the Tourist card....FMM....or whatever. Our car is also automatically given 180 days. We may try flying home for a quick 3 day turnaround in mid-December.

Also no health checks going onto the beach at La Ropa. Quick comment on mask-wearing: we saw very few people wearing masks in the USA, far more here in Mexico. Most businesses/restaurants in the States have mask notices posted on the door, but clearly, the practice is to put the mask on just before entering, and immediately remove it once inside. Strange people, Americans.

Wine prices in local restaurants continue to amaze.....virtually the same as in BC, and that's saying something.

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by Yandosan, Sunday, November 21, 2021, 09:10 (13 days ago) @ Ironwood

'Man, it's hot and humid here in Zihua, compared to Maz'
Funny...I felt like Mazatlan was the most sweltering beach
town on the Mexican Pacific.

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by Ironwood @, Sunday, November 21, 2021, 10:21 (13 days ago) @ Yandosan

'Man, it's hot and humid here in Zihua, compared to Maz'
Funny...I felt like Mazatlan was the most sweltering beach
town on the Mexican Pacific.

Depends what season you were there. This morning at 9 am, Zihua was 24, Mazatlan 18. We've heard that summer temps and humidity are higher in Maz, but between November and March, Mazatlan is definitely cooler with less humidity. In fact, on occasion, Mazatlan can be uncomfortably cool then. The air in Mazatlan is clearer and crisper than Zihua's, which doesn't change all that much in "heaviness" from season to season. Mazatlan sun and air is more typical of other areas on the Sea of Cortez.....Puerto Peñasco, or to a lesser extent, La Paz are good examples. At least that's the way we've experienced things.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, November 21, 2021, 09:23 (13 days ago) @ Ironwood
edited by frostbite, Sunday, November 21, 2021, 10:25

"Most businesses/restaurants in the States have mask notices posted on the door, but clearly, the practice is to put the mask on just before entering, and immediately remove it once inside. Strange people, Americans."

We were recently in San Francisco, where many more people were wearing masks, than here in the Bitterroot. We always wear masks when entering a public building. In restaurants we wear a mask until the food arrives, since it's much easier to eat with your mouth uncovered.

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by gypsymoon, Sunday, November 28, 2021, 10:06 (6 days ago) @ Ironwood

Did you drive down via the Michoacan coast?

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by Ironwood @, Sunday, November 28, 2021, 15:09 (6 days ago) @ gypsymoon

Did you drive down via the Michoacan coast?

Yes, from Melaque, Jalisco, to Zihua. We've done it both ways 3 or 4 times, but won't again: too slow and the dozens of twists/turns are exhausting. The occasional views of the ocean are breath-taking.