Quick Trip Report

by John Redcorn, Wednesday, June 09, 2021, 15:46 (53 days ago)

After coming down with the family at least once a year for 15 or so years, I took a 4 year hiatus from the area. Kids growing, different vacation requirements, COVID, getting old, etc. I have been itching to get back but life happens. So, after cocktails one night with a friend reminiscing about Zihua, we agreed to pull the trigger and book a short 4 night trip.

Along with the friend, my Dad joined us so it was a guys trip. Getting there was a pain for the most part coming from the Houston area. Years past, we had a handful of options via United direct, Aeromexico, Interjet etc. This year I really had to search to put together a flight plan that was under $1k. Finally booked United to CDMX and then Volaris to ZIH. The only issue here is the return required a night stay in CDMX. Oh well, going this route cost us a night in a hotel but saved $600 or so each. Hopefully more flights open up and more airlines begin service to ZIH.

We stayed at an AirBnB on the top of the steep hill on Madera, Bungalow Sotelo was the signage but I don't think the unit we rented was operated by the hotel but I could be wrong. Being a guys trip, we opted for something basic but convenient. This placed fit the bill. It was 10 minute walk to downtown, direct stairs to the beach and right on Calle Adelita. The only downside to this place was there was a dog that sat near the stairs and he barked most of the night.

We fished one day with Santiago on La Gitana and had a bonus as his brother Adan was the deckhand. It was good to see them after 4 years and even better that we had good luck catching 7 roosterfish. Great day on the water.

Other than that, we went to La Barra one day, Las Gatas one day and Playa Larga on the way to the airport. Sad that I heard La Condesa in La Barra has changed ownership? The service was a bit slow and the food was not remarkable but decent. We moved over to the lagoon side to Margaritas and they were hustling. It was good to spend half the day on the beach side and the other on the lagoon. I have surfed at La Barra a few times but usually closer to the rocks. It is not traditionally a surf destination but I have seen it break a handful of times. This was the first time I have seen the waves break further north almost in front of La Condesa. Good sized surfable waves...figures I didn't bring a board this time. I did see a surf shop there in La Barra but it was closed. Oh well, next time. Hung out with Franco at Las Gatas for the day, which is always entertaining. Along with Franco, it was good to see and talk to many of the locals that we have met over the years. I heard "welcome back" more than a few times.

We walked the town a few times and I guess I am in the minority but I really like the improvements in town and along the paseo. As long as it is maintained, I think it definitely gave an updated feel without losing some of the old charm. To each their own.

Food highlight was breakfast at Mar y Tierra twice. How I missed this gem in past travels I am unsure but glad I stopped in. Hit Any's for Pozole, Chendos and happy hour at Paty's and La Perla. All as good as I remembered.

Overall, great trip and glad the cocktails gave me kick in the pants that I needed in order to book. I substituted a handful of vacation locations in the past four years but Zihua has always been "My Spot". I will be back.


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