Posted by Zihu@Rob on January 08, 2001 at 16:05:46:
In Reply to: Re: Living in the area. posted by Theresa on January 08, 2001 at 13:45:07:
Zihuatanejo historically has been a very isolated town, much like an island. For centuries the principle commerce was by sea. Now it is by air (very costly) and one land route: the 2-lane blacktop coastal highway known as Carreterra Nacional 100 which joins Zihuatanejo to Acapulco 280 kilometers to the southeast and Lázaro Cárdenas 120 kilometers to the northwest. In other words the grand majority of our commerce must be trucked in on this road, whose maintenance has been much neglected in areas, thus further increasing shippings costs. With gas around $2 US per gallon that jacks up the price of everything brought into Zihuatanejo by truck.
There are many local and regional food products, and it is not too difficult for most norteamericanos to get by on regionally grown food. We have many fruits and vegetables grown in ours and nearby regions. We obviously have quite good seafood. But most meats are not from our area, at least not meats that most foreigners prefer apart from chicken and pork. Good meats come from much farther away, thus costing more.
Almost anything packaged or canned or assembled comes from quite a long distance away, and so is more expensive. How many necessities do you use that fit that description?
Being a tourist destination inherently drives up prices, too, often causing that a scarcity of resources mixed with entrepreneurial ambition causes many prices to be higher than what may be found in other communities. So rents, restaurant/bar prices, clothing, and many services often cost more here than in other Mexican towns.