Posted by Kathy from 22.214.171.124 (ha-1e-pw-p4-m17.mcn.org) on Monday, March 04, 2002 at 14:36:14 :
It's now over 3 weeks since Michael and I have been home from our about the same length of time vacation in the Zihua area. It had been 6 years since we'd been to Zihua, staying most of that time at Owen's Bungalows in Las Gatas. On a snorkeling trip we could see Barra de Potosi.
For this trip we found Laura Kelly's Casa del Encanto, a cozy B & B in the village of La Barra, a short walk fromthe beach. What a great spot to decompress from the world. Everyplace you look are comfortable spots to flop, chill out, nap, read, meditate. Breakfast in the garden was delicious and filling enough to last til early or mid afternoon.
Laura sent us off to the beach with large towels and hammocks for the enramada on the beach property that she and husband Noyo (a fabulous cook) own. And, what a beach! Wave activity but most days calm enough for good swimming. I walked for miles seeing only 3 or 4 people. We had good lunches of the freshest fish - tacos and filetes, at LaCondesa, the restaurant closest to the ocean.
One afternoon Laura's garden was filled with most of the kids from the village who were having a ball in an art workshop put on by Candice from Seattle. (Candice has written eloquently in her trip reports of her time in La Barra & Zihua.) Laura is doing a lot of good work in her La Barra community and hopefully other gringo/gringa(s) coming to the area will take note.
We noticed a haziness in the La Barra/Zihua area that was not seen 6 years ago and heard that there is now a power plant in Lazaro Cardenas. Anyone know what type of fuels are being burned there?
On to La Ropa -- We got dropped off at La Perla and walked around the beach looking for a place to stay. Prices seemed to have doubled in 6 years 'tho there are still some medium priced places to stay on or near the beach. Noticed that one place we stayed at right on La Ropa for a few days had risen 5 x in price without any significant changes. We ended up staying in a house owned by the La Perla folks. It was up the hill at the south end of La Ropa. It was very comfortable; a short needed hike to the beach and to the bus to town.
Greatlazy days on the beach by Rossy's or La Perla with swimming, reading and shrimp cocktails brought to our chairs. Couldn't ask for much more.
Our return to Zihuatanejo was very pleasant; however, we may opt to spend more time at La Barra next trip. Thanks Rob and your message board.