The Second Day in Zihuatanejo on the Mexican Pacific Coast

Our first day in Zihuatanejo was about discovering all the changes in the town 20 years later.

December 7.

The next morning we headed down to the beach and the new malecón again, noting that some of the best beach spots had been staked out by entrepreneurs offering tables, chairs and beach umbrellas for rent.

Sign on the beach for chairs & tables to rent in ZihuatanejoFor breakfast we tried out La Terracita, with trees growing up through the floors. Tree growing through the restaurant La Terracita in Zihuatanejo, MexicoI sampled their ‘café de olla’, coffee boiled in a pot with cinnamon, orange peel and way too much sugar. Because of the sugar content I opted for regular café and a ‘vampiro’, a mix of beet, carrot and orange juice. Vampiro and coffee at La Terracita for breakfast in Zihuatanejo, MexicoAl had scrambled eggs with bacon with sides of queso fresco, rajas de nopales, papas and a tomato. Eggs a la mexicana and extras at La Terracita for breakfast in Zihuatanejo, MexicoI had French toast with walnuts, apple, raisins and one strawberry that I cut into five pieces and each piece gave a full strawberry’s worth of flavour.French toast at La Terracita for breakfast in Zihuatanejo, MexicoAfter breakfast we hung out at one of the cafes on the Playa Principal and swam, ate, drank and admired the going ons. The rock formations in the vicinity were gorgeous. Rock formations on the malecon in Zihuatanejo, MexicoI started to draw them but  a smoker showed up at the next table and we had to move to a different cafe.Coast diary: drawing of rocks on the public beach in ZihuatanejoRight near us an ‘ambulante’ ice cream vendor set up.Right near us an 'ambulante' ice cream vendor set upTwo boys sharing an ice cream cone on the beach. Boys sharing an ice cream cone on the beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico Here is the oysterman with ostiones, oysters!The oysterman with his catch in Zihuatanejo, MexicoLunch was shrimp-stuffed avocado for Al. There was a lot of mayo there and I’m always leery of eating mayo in hot climates but Al survived without any incidents. I played it safe with tortilla soup.Shrimp-stuffed avocado in for lunch in Zihuatanejo, MexicoWe also got to test Cerveza Indio. Loved the label, wasn’t crazy about the beer.A bottle of Indio beer in Zihuatanejo, MexicoLater, after a shower, we headed back into the town to explore the ‘new’ Zihuatanejo. We did spot a Tacos Pastor place in the town. Taqueria SignBut Al was dying for another delicious IPA so we went back to the same café as the previous night and had pizza and beer, not at all my idea of appropriate food in Mexico! After that it was a long walk home, all along the beach but it was a beautiful night. A pink building at night in Zihuatanejo, MexicoGoogle Map of Zihuatanejo and its beaches. 20 years earlier we had stayed near the Muelle Zihuatanejo, the town pier. This time we stayed near Playa La Madera, where we spent the next day, and the day after we went to Playa La Ropa, a long swath of sand which was totally new to us. Google Map of Zihuatanejo's beaches


8 responses to “The Second Day in Zihuatanejo on the Mexican Pacific Coast

  1. Awesome that you’ve been able to get down there. Sudddenly, the whole world closed it’s borders to US citizens – irony. We wrote a post entitled “Zee What?” a couple years ago if you’re interested. Enjoy yourselves!

    • This was in December last year – fulfilling a dream of doing an ‘old-fashioned’ trip, touring the Mexican Coast by bus. Right now the borders everywhere are closed to just about everyone. It will be awhile before the ability to travel anywhere you want picks up again.

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