Somewhere in the Republic of Moldova.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Playa Zipolite

Wednesday February 18…10:15pm

Had a better sleep tonight, and again woke up to see a beautiful sunrise out our back window.

We had a few choices as to where to head from our lighthouse spot near Playa Entrega. We had heard from Bill and Bonnie that there are a few good free camping spots near Puerto Escondido about 100 kms north west of here. And that there was a beautiful beach only 20 kms away at Playa Angustin, but that it was a 13km drive on a dirt road to get there…so we decided against that although we’re pretty sure it would have been beautiful.

The next choice was the road leading down to Puerto Angel and then the beaches of Zipolite. We had heard good and bad about Zipolite…it is known as Mexico’s only official “nude” beach, and that there are a lot of hippy and drug types that hang out there.

We decided we should check it out, if only for a night. If it turned out to be not a good thing, we could easily carry on to Puerto Escondido the next day.

It was a 6 km drive to Puerto Angel on a very twisty windy road, but it was paved. Then, the road follows the coast from the village of Puerto Angel to the beaches of Zipolite and Playa Mazunte. We stopped at a parking area beaside a soccer field and went for a quick walk on the beach. We soon found our friends Steve and Glen who were parked in an empty lot by the beach a little further down. They gave us the low down on the area, and we decided to check out some of the other possibilities.

So I hopped on my bike, and as I was riding away, a pickup truck stopped and the guy asked me if we were looking for a spot to camp. I said yes, and he pointed me towards a small hotel on the beach that had an RV spot for 100 pesos ($9.00 CAN, $7.20 US). I said I was going to check out a few different spots, and that I would keep this in mind.

I ended up bumping into several different RVers that we had met at some point before. Some were parked beside restaurant palapas for 70 pesos per night, and some were at a very nice actual RV park and paying 300 pesos per night.

I went back and checked with Ruth and we decided on the spot near Glen and Steve at the small hotel. It’s a nice spot for the price, and the family running the place are (once again) very friendly.

Playa Zipolite is a nude beach, but it’s a little different in that anything goes. Nobody seems to care if you are clothed or not, and there is a lot of both. It’s very eclectic, with hostels and small hotels lining the beach as well as just a spot to sleep in a hammock if that’s what you want. We haven’t really had a chance to check it out totally, but it’s looking like a place we may stay for a few days.

Went to Glen and Steves to play canasta this evening, after watching a fantastic sunset. No pictures today, but will be sure to take some tomorrow!

Total nights sleeping in a motorhome…482

February Fuel $136.00 CAN

February Grocery $175.37 CAN

February Overnight costs $ 83.60 CAN

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