23 December 2008 | Ixtapa/Zihautanejo
After Brian was able to fix our water pump and got the head (toilet) unclogged (not a very fun "blue" job especially in the heat!) we headed to Zihautanejo. Ixtapa and Zihautanejo are only ~ 3miles around the corner (or over the mountain as the crow flies) from each other. Ixtapa is a tourist town with a nice marina that is tucked backed in a lagoon (at one time). This area still is under development. It has a nice golf course that we could see from the stern of our boat while at the dock. When you stay at this marina it comes with a warning to watch out for the crocodiles especially if you have small animals aboard! The marina/lagoon has several crocodiles; there are questions from some people whether they are actually crocodiles or if they are Caymans...either way for us we were on the look out! Another cruiser told us that they had a 20ft crocodile next to their boat, right in the slip. They have (and still do) a large golden retriever (aka Monk) on board that noticed the crocodile first and was barking at it to get them to notice it. Apparently the crocodile was eyeing the retriever for an evening snack?? Anyway no harm was done. Although I would have thought that the crocodile would have gotten tired of hearing Monk barking at it and swim away.
Z-town is a great spot to visit. It is a fairly large Mexican community/fishing village with all the shops, restaurants, and local festivities for the holidays and very busy beaches along the bay. Many of the Mexicans apparently visit this area for the holidays and/or vacation. There are several resorts that line the beach that we anchored off of called Playa La Ropa. The center of town was decorated for Christmas with a large Nativity Scene and Christmas tree. This was nice to get us in the holiday spirit. For whatever reason, we decided to go to the Supermarcado to provision on Christmas Eve day and experienced the mad house that would be no different if we were in the US! Yes, for those of you that know this is usually a crazy day at the market....it was! It was quite an experience for Brian; I did not realize that he had never experience the bumper cart effect in the grocery stores before! We survived and were very glad to have our refrigerator/cupboards restocked and to be back on the boat.