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
Hotel María 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 +/-)