And the parking spot was still there, however the restaurant that was there was gone. There was a caretaker guy though because he collects money from buses that want to park there on the weekends. He charged us 100 pesos ($7.60) to park for the night.
Then we went for a walk around town. I don't think there are as many tourists in town this year, however I think there may have been a cruise ship in port last year when we were here so that would make a difference. Still, things seem pretty quiet.
The fishing boat harbor.
The pleasure craft harbor seems busy enough though.
Zihuatanejo was built up around a pretty cove.
After lunch we wandered over to the apartment that John and Wendy have. These are the parents of one of my oldest friends (and the best man at our wedding!) and they have an apartment here for a couple of months. We found them just finishing their lunch at a restaurant nearby. Went back to their apartment and chatted and got their internet and laptop working for them. They only arrived yesterday, so John wanted a nap. Wendy suggested she take us on the local bus to a nearby beach in the Ixtapa resort area.
Ixtapa, Cancun, and Huatulco are all planned tourism communities built by Fonatur, the Mexican tourism authority. They have all the big all inclusive hotels. Ixtapa itself is only about 10 kms (6 miles) north of Zihuatanejo.
We went to Playa Quieta where the Club Med resort is. The tall building you see is a large condo apartment just being completed. I don't know how they'll sell all of those units. The building is huge.
The four of us went to Papas Locos (The Crazy Potato) for dinner. They do up these huge stuffed baked potatoes. It was a busy place, and very popular. I can see why...one potato each and we were stuffed!
Wendy, John, and Ruth at "Papa Locos".
This morning we are headed out early once again. We have already moved from our overnight parking spot, and are now parked at the big grocery store waiting for it to open. Then, we head further south....need to be in Acapulco tomorrow!