We had never been out to the
coast in this area - mainly because the beaches are a long way
from the highway. Had no idea of road conditions of
distances between towns. We started with Majahuas and
worked our way north.
The Majahuas turn off is the
first road just north of the bridge north of Tomatlan.
The fisherman's Coop "Roca Negra" is there that manages the Majahuas Biological Station
and turtle sanctuary. A little inland is a new Aquaculture
facility raising shrimp, pargo and puffer fish. This
facility is government funded in conjunction with the Spanish
government. Scientists from both countries are
To continue north from
Majahuas we had to return to the highway and take the La Gloria
exit about 5 miles further north. La Gloria also has
a Sea Turtle Research Station but we continued north to La Cruz
de Loreto and up the coast from there. Very easy to
feel lost on the criss-cross roads just north of La Gloria as
they follow irrigation ditches and farm fields.
Las Penitas is the next
landmark north but is only a small lighthouse and a few seldom
used palapas. It's a pretty beach. The next
thing north of note is Villa del Mar with a few vacation
accomodations and two stores before we reached Tehuamixtle.
Tehuamixtle is very cute at
the bottom of a valley on a beautiful little bay. We ate
at one of the two not inexpensive beach restaurants. The land
to expand the town is minimal due to the steep terrain but the
realtors have it all sectioned off and forsale. A
one time experience that I won't do again but I'm sure it will
fit into other gringos dreams. The road out to El Tuito
and the highway is very rough and takes over an hour.