Acapulco – Puerto Escondido, January 11-14, 2013

January 11 – 14, 2013

Left early (8:30 am is early here!!!). The ride was more inland, which means WARM! At one point it reached 100 degrees.  As we rode, we began to notice diesel on the road – not such a good thing when you are on a motorcycle. The back tire slipped three different times, but Scott kept us upright. The diesel lasted for a good treacherous 30 miles. Our progress was also slow because of the many towns we were riding through – slowing down for traffic and topes.  I guess this ride takes 7 hours in a car… we did it in about 5 hours.

taxi?

taxi?

yes, a taxi!

yes, a taxi!

cows

cows

We had not eaten breakfast, so lunch was beginning to become a priority. We would look carefully in each town, but didn’t see anything that looked decent. Finally, around 1:30 pm, we come around a curve to see La Perla – a little restaurant with a lovely pool next to it. Yeah! We cooled off in the pool and then had chicken fajitas and shrimp – watching a mexican señora make our tortillas over a fire. Just what we needed – the swim was so refreshing! Now we understand and appreciate a little more the reason for the pool at a restaurant!

La Perla restaurant and pool

La Perla restaurant and pool

nice pool to cool off in

nice pool to cool off in

Our host and chef

Our host and chef

happy man

happy man

Got to Puerto Escondido around 4:30 pm and started looking for a place to stay. The northern beaches are small little beaches with bays, packed with Mexicans (which means they would be making noise ALL night long!) We were so happy to drive a little further to find a Zicatela Beach – a long stretch of beautiful beach known for its surfing.

Zicatela Beach - such a crowded beach!!!!

Zicatela Beach – such a crowded beach!!!!

P1040131There are many Canadians here – and many surfers. But with that, there are good restaurants and many English-speaking shop owners. We found a great hotel in a quiet area – the Blater Hotel opened in August, so everything is brand new and beautiful. The infinity pool on top of the hotel has an endless view of the beach.  It seems like we are the only ones here.

roof top pool

roof top pool

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Blater Hotel

Blater Hotel

view from our room :)

view from our room 🙂

good waves

good waves

roof top pool

roof top pool

Scott is loving being able to body surf every day – so much so that we are staying here a week.  I am running on the beach every morning – and working on my tan 🙂  Everything is very inexpensive here – food and lodging both.  We found a restaurant we like that has french pastries, fresh oj, delicious coffee and fresh fruit (papaya, cantaloup, watermelon, pineapple and bananas) for breakfast…

body surfing

on his way out to go body surfing

sunset at Zicatela

sunset at Zicatela

Horses on the beach

Horses on the beach

Horses grazing in front of the hotel

Horses grazing in front of the hotel

Sunday morning church
Sunday morning church

We found a church to go to on Sunday morning, held at someone’s home in their carport/breezeway – met two missionary families.  Mondo and Myra and their 4 kids work with the surfer’s ministry.  Sherry and Ronnie and their 8 kids have a soccer ministry.  Both are from Southern California – Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach area!  Mondo preached in English while his oldest son (16 or so) translated. Both families homeschool – their kids are so sweet!!!!  We were very impressed with them.  The church has a very international congregation (US, Canada, Austria, Mexican, Brazilian, just to name a few) and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Worship was led by three – a guitar, mandolin and drum – we sang most songs in Spanish, but some in English.

fisherman

fisherman

Restaurant seating on the sand

Restaurant seating on the sand

We are hearing about how cold it is at home -11 degrees…. and we are so thankful to Aimee and Ben for dealing with all the frozen pipes and issues at the ranch!!!!  It is hard to imagine that depth of cold when we have to keep getting in the water several times a day to stay cool!

skydivers land on the beach each evening at sunset

skydivers land on the beach each evening at sunset

skydivers land on the beach every evening at sunset

tandem skydivers

Birds in a tree - wish you could hear the song they sing!

Birds in a tree above where we were sitting to watch the sun set – wish you could hear the song they sing – another Disney tiki garden 🙂

Sunset....

Sunset on Zicatela Beach….

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One Response to Acapulco – Puerto Escondido, January 11-14, 2013

  1. Denise says:

    I can see why you decided to stay a week here. Sounds and looks like paradise ☺

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