by PRS, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 22:42 (498 days ago)
I am in the planning process for a late November/ early December trip. I will be travelling with my best friends ( a couple). A special escape from hectic city/ work life to celebrate a milestone birthday (gasp... 5-0!) We have all been to ZIHUA in the past (but not for several years now) We rented a villa, at the time called Carlos & Jorge's, which I believe now is operating as a hotel. A wonderful and memorable trip.
For this journey, we are thinking of renting a villa in Troncones for several days called Dos Palmas. We would prefer not to deal with a car rental. Do any of your ZIHUA experts have good solid advice on if it is doable and realistic to not rent a car for this location? is there a reliable/ car service/ taxi who can take us from the airport, stop at a larger grocery store to stock up and then continue on to Dos Palmas? I would rather try to book a specific person/ service than simply grab a taxi at the airport. Also, any general opinions on the villa and Tronconces in general I would live to hear.
We are thinking of ending the trip by renting a few rooms at Amuleto, which has always been on my " bucket list". Any recent comments would be appreciated.
Thanks so much.
Dos Palmas is Great ,You will be very satisfied .
by Paulf, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 09:36 (498 days ago)
If Will Hunter is still answering his EMails or reading the Board, he would be a good person to contact. He lives in Troncones and knows everyone. I know he had stopped doing tours because of the taxi problems.
I know he had stopped doing tours because of the taxi problems.
Which is a DAMN SHAME because Wil was by far the best tour guide in the region!
by Paulf, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 09:52 (498 days ago)
I totally agree. I did a review on Wil on Travel Adviser and someone EMailed and said they were unable to make reservations for tours with him. We really appreciated his tours. We found that when he saw what are interests were, he fashioned the tour toward our interest. The dinner we had with him where you picked your talapia(not sure of spelling)to cook- they came from the mountains that we had just come from on our tour. Wil said he had sea food everyday and so he ordered a steak. After dropping us off by our resort, that is the last time we saw him- what a wonderful way to end our tour and he took the back roads back to Ixtapa so we could see a differnt site of Ixtapa that we did not know existed.
This is where the logistics leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, a normal taxi cannot pick you up at the airport, and the airport taxis are quite expensive to Troncones. If Dos Palmas could send someone to pick you up that would be the best. Once you're in Troncones it's no problem to get around via taxi or bicycle or simply walking.
Since you want to stop at a store first one option is to have the airport taxi drop you off at La Comercial Mexicana (aka La Comer), and have at least one person stay with your luggage while you do your shopping, then take a regular taxi from there to your lodging. I'm not sure what you need, but it may be possible to forego stopping at La Comer and simply make do with what you can buy at the various tienditas in Troncones.
What Rob said is the way to go.
Dos Palmas is lovely and the owners are special people. You will love it!
As Rob suggests, take an airport cab to Comercial Mexicana and arrange for JR Sanchez to meet you there and take you to Troncones. His English is fluent. We also use his services to take us to other local destinations, as well as back to the airport: email@example.com
I know you said you do not want to rent a car, but if you're "on your own" to get up to Troncones/Dos Palmas I think a rental car is a good way to go. If someone in your party is comfortable with the driving option I'd put them in charge of the rental/driving and let them be your taxi driver. It's easy to reserve and pick up a car at the Zihuatanejo airport. To me renting and driving a car takes less brain power than getting cabs from the airport to the grocery store, baby sitting luggage at the grocery store, getting another cab to Troncones, getting cabs for the rest of the trip etc. It's kind of a personal thing I guess, whatever fits your personal travel style. Have a great trip.
We stay in Troncones for about a week every January. We take a backpack and a couple tote bags, and we travel by bus and combi. Taking a taxi would make the trip super-easy.
I pack some herbs for cooking and little toys for the kids (crayons, small tablets, harmonicas, etc). I also like to bring some good Italian pasta, a small bottle of olive oil and some capers. That's about it. We eat out about once a day, and buy everything else we need in town.
Don't miss the produce pick-up truck that comes through town every 2 or 3 days, packed with fresh fruits and vegetables with a scale hanging off the back end.
Well PRS, you will have to leave a note with all the "ins and outs" for the area as it looks like we are staying there right after you (early December).
You can always ask the owner Emmet (or he might chime in on the board here if he sees this post) as he can let you know info about the area as well. He has been really good to deal with for our booking.
Thanks to everyone else who has posted, makes us really glad we chose Dos Palmas and the Troncones area!
Okay, okay, okay....I've been basking in the glow of all the AMAZINGLY kind words. Oh yeah, that and my recent wedding to my beautiful Kelly (and "girlfriend" of 16 years! last Saturday). Thanks to all for the very nice words about our home in Troncones and even more, the very nice words about us. We truly apprecaite it.
My personal thoughts on a car or no car in Troncones:
I love having a car. I like to pick-up and drive to Manzanillo Bay for lunch or dinner on a whim (roughly a 35 minute walk). I also really like to drive up to Saladita once in awhile to watch the surfing and have some great food. There is the Thursday night trip up to Mine's in Buena Vista that I love as well. Some mornings I'm lazy and drive to the tortillaria in Troncones (10 minute walk from home). A trip in for lunch at the Ixtapa Marina followed by shopping in Zihua is a blast. It's nice, convenient, and easy.
However......If I'm going to be there for only a week, I might make due without a car. The taxis there are great and, forgive me for the plug, but hanging at Dos Palmas is amazing. The pool is awesome. The beach in front is great. The house just rocks. It's the (in my opinion) greatest place on earth.
I'm grateful for our future guests who are chiming in here....very grateful. For they will hopefully love the place and keep on coming back. Not just Dos Palmas, but Troncones and the entire region is awesome with amazing beaches, people and other places to stay and enjoy.
There you go. I love Troncones.
Dos Palmas is a fabulous property. You will NOT be disappointed! It's very close to Troncones centro and all of the great restaurants.
Although there are small markets in Troncones, it's best to do your main grocery shopping in Zihua on your way.