Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Life on the beach...


Mazatlan is one of the nicer Mexico beach communities. It is only about 7 hours from Patzcuaro and is one of the better "resort" places Mexico has to offer. A trade off between a really large commercial place and a small rural fishing village Mazatlan is sort of a compromise.

We like it because we found a hotel that allows our dogs to enjoy the vacation also.

Mazatlan has some benefits to it, because

It is not rows of high rise hotels, one after another like Ixtapa.
It is not a quiet, lonely, very trendy and expensive place like Zihuatanejo. (that one I like without the dogs, just the wife!)

It is not overly populated and saturated like Puerto Vallarta.
It is not hot and dusty like Guaymas.
It is not hard to get to, like Costa Careyes or Manzanillo.
I won't even discuss Acapulco......

It is just right. Some touristy spots, a few high rise hotels and condos, and a few or actually a lot of funky old hotels and motels all along the beach areas.

You can get some nice brewskys here, actually a bucket with 4 or 5 beers, with large chunks of ice and a cup of limes already cut for you for about 50 pesos...

Only thing bad is sometime the noise can get pretty disturbing, seems people like to whooup and holler at all times of the day and night here.


There is a new club here that opened awhile ago, called Passions.
It's located about 100 meters across the street from our old two story hotel complex.

It is interesting to see the patrons walking into the club. It caters to gays and transsexuals...........
Wow, to see some of the elaborate outfits some of their patrons parade in.

Anyway, last Saturday night, not Friday, but Saturday the musics lasted all night, morning until 6 AM.

I know, I got up every hour or so and it was still thumping, the same thump, over and over, kind of like a bad headache.

At 6:30 one of the patrons, or someone who enjoyed the noise, pulled their Ford Lobo pickup truck to in front of the place, opened up both doors, and proceeded to play at maximum volume before distortion, Ranchero Music.......

Cue, the hotel residents looking out into the street, the people from the condos next door trying to shout to shut up over the music, nada.

That lasted for about one hour.

The police drove by several times, slowed up and enjoyed the music.....at 7 Am on a Sunday morning.......

Talk about loving and living in Mexico.............

That's one of the things that I hate about Mexico.

5 comments:

Felipe said...

The Zihua we go to is not particularly trendy and certainly not expensive. I guess you´re talking about the Ixtapa side of Zihua. The old Zihua is quite nice and has lots of small, reasonably priced hotels. I love it.

Constantino said...

Oh, Senior Felipe, (kinda hard to get use to the name)...
The trendy hotels I am talking about are the Tides or Villa Del Sol, and Casa Que Canta, on La Ropa Beach. It seems that most of the properties on the beach there are pretty expensive. Last time we stayed at Villa Del Sol about 10 years ago was around 300 bucks a day. I am sure that there are great properties much cheaper although not on La Ropa Beach. Any recommendations would sincerely be appreciated, since now the road from home is only 3 and a half hours, I am told! You might correct or advise the road conditions now, since the last time we went was almost an all day trek!

I wouldn't ever go back to Ixtapa after the first trip there years ago!

Felipe said...

Watch it with that Senior business, young man. I´m might be sensitive about my age. Oh, you meant Señor? Time to get a Spanish keyboard.

On Playa Madera, Adelita Street, there are a number of nice small hotels right on the water that are reasonably priced. We stayed at the Quinta de Don Andres at Adelita 11 last year for 500 pesos a night for a suite with kitchen. It was April, not the high season, which makes all the difference in the world. Who you happen to encounter at the Front Desk can make a big difference in the price too. Don´t go in the high season.

Constantino said...

Well Señor, I was always told to treat my elders with respect, and you certainly have earned mine!
Thanks for the info, we will give it a try, first part of May sounds good to us, for a week or so. What about the road nowadays, how long from here?

Felipe said...

Last time we drove it was April of last year. Straight shot to the coast on the autopista, then about 60 miles along the coast (or is it 40?) on a treacherous two-laner. About 3.5 to 4 hours total from Pátz.