Sunday, November 15, 2009

Outside Guadalajara: the Pacific Coast

Our first day began with a highway drive and a short stop in Comala, also known as El Pueblo Blanco. There wasn't much there, just the typical town square with Cathedral, but we walked around most of the town and it was super cute and picturesque, with all the houses being white washed with red roofs. Next we stopped in Colima. Colima is a much larger city, capital of the State of Colima, but again there wasn't much to see. We did however have a good lunch, picked up some brochures and got on the internet in a park! Then we were off to the beach town of Cuyutlan to stay in a friend's apartment. The beach town is super small and it was pretty quiet without any of the Mexican vacationers. The sand was totally black and the waves really strong, perfect for surfing but no swimming. The locals also neglected to tell us that all the beachside restaurants close at 6pm; so it was tortas (sandwiches) for dinner.


The following early morning started off with a long walk along the black beach. We returned before any restaurants had opened but there was one guy with coconuts and we had the juiciest (milkiest?) coconuts ever for breakfast (topped with lemon, sea salt and chilly). After a failed attempt to visit the turtle reserve, we started the drive north and stopped in Manzanillo for a proper Mexican breakfast in a beachside hotel that was the most retro-awesome hotel. Then we continued north and made a slight detour (mistake) to the cutest little cove beach (Cuastecomate) for some oysters and coco-loco. A little more driving on a windy hilly road and we were in Tenacatita beach. Finally there was soft sand, calm waters and plenty of open (albeit empty) restaurants to enjoy the evening.
Playa de Santiago



Our final day started with another long walk on the beach, breakfast and a quick swim. The beach was surprisingly longer than it seemed and strangest of all, the sun was coming up in the ocean (south-east) even though we were on the pacific! The coolest thing about Tenacatita, is that you can walk less than 10 minutes and get to another little beach that is facing north-west (but no restaurants or swimming) and we did see a few Canadian trailers taking advantage of that view. We were then off to complete our beach reconnaissance mission. We stopped just a few kilometers away at Playa de Iguanas (Boca de Iguanas), where we didn't see any iguanas but did see a HUGE crocodile. So while it was very pretty we decided it would not be a suitable future vacation beach. We made one more stop in Manzanillo's Playa Azul (a built up beach on the main road just by the port, which is the largest port in Mexico) for a quick lunch and then it was back to Guad.
Boca de Iguanas

Our last day in Guadalajara, we signed a contract on the house, browsed some furniture stores and packed up for the long ride back.

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