Michoacan Coast

09-01-2005

This is about a trip from Cuernavaca down to Acapulco and up the coast to Melaque - traveling through Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and finally up to Melaque in Jalisco.  The story is below to not interfer with the pictures.

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Driving the Michoacan Coast
Mexico City to Acapulco Autopista
 
Caleta de Campos
 
Caleta de Campos
 
Caleta de Campos
 
Caleta de Campos
 
Caleta de Campos - Hotel Yuritzi
 
Just north of Caleta de Campos
 
Just north of Caleta de Campos
 
One of many spots along the coast
 
Hyway 200
 
One of many spots along the coast
 
One of many spots along the coast
 
Maruata
 
Maruata
 
Maruata
 
Maruata
 
Maruata
 
Maruata
 
Maruata
 
One of many spots along the coast
 
One of many spots along the coast
 
San Juan de Alima
 
Hyway 200
 

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This is actually about a drive from Cuernavaca over to the coast bypassing Acapulco with the intention of over-nighting in Zihuatanejo.  To my surprise Zihuatanejo was/is just another large, well (over) developed beach town like Vallarta.  Manzanillo is just as interesting and attractive and probably cheaper - sorry you Zihua fans.

Soooo.... I just made a quick loop around town and headed for Playa Azul which is only about 2 hours north.  At least Playa Azul is a reasonably sized (small) beach town but it's also tired and just about vacant during the week in summer.  Really nothing to take a picture of in the way of a beach or town.  There are a few nice hotels and a beach full of palapa restaurants. I stayed at the Hotel MarĂ­a Teresa with parking, a restaurant and a pool that was not clean enough to swim - $420mx.

Anyway next comes the best part - Caleta de Campos and the Michoacan coast.  These fotos are more-or-less in order heading north ... but I'm not going to be able to remember all (many) of the names because they don't show on my maps.  (They are in the Pacific Mexico Handbook by Bruce Wipperman).  The slowest going along the road is north of Caleta de Campos, not due to bad road conditions, but because of the twists and turns along the sides of the mountains.  The road is usually safely wide enough in the critical sections but you're often not able to get rolling over 40 MPH.  At times the small white and yellow butterflies were so thick it was like driving in snow.

Getting close to the state of Colima there are some little tourist boom towns with construction going on everywhere ... but still very small and tranquillo. Now I'm back in Melaque

Drive times were Cuernavaca -> Acapulco - 3 hours (Cuota cost $45us +/-)
Acapulco -> Playa Azul - 6 hours (small section of cuota can be skipped)
Playa Azul -> Melaque - 8 hours (Cuota cost $8 +/-)