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... little town of Zihuatanejo looked so pretty from the sea, with its yellow lights gleaming in the dark, I could barely see the outlines of the mountains surrounding it, and we could hear the music and rhythms of Noel’s drums echoing out at sea.
And then…the engine died.
I’m not sure how long we spent out there in the dark, our captain trying to get the darned engine going again, but with no success. Thankfully it didn’t take ...
... day of the Earth, and if that would have been the case, my last day would have been a happy one.
I spent hours in the water, swimming for at least one, floating face up the rest of the time, just watching heaven, like I had just surrendered to my fate. Right now my fate is too good, SO DAMN GOOD in fact that it is causing me to wonder if it is really legal to be this happy… Is it REALLY OK to feel this good?
... it. (It didn’t occur to me at the stress of the moment that I have spare insulin-stuff with me). He handed me the injection, grabbed the rest of the bag, told me to carry on walking, as he took off where he had come from.
Slightly surprised at what had just happened I strolled along the rocks for a few minutes until I thought he was gone, then turned back because he’d run off with certain items I needed… I was pleased to find scattered on the path: ...
... Mother Earth, and we enter through the small, low door, into the humid and warm obscurity, to exit as newborns. This thought and the heat probably caused my brief moment of near panic. I mean who in their right minds would want to enter a WOMB?!?! And perhaps also the fact that when I changed position the sound that my slippery body made was the same as if you fondle a huge lump of minced meat or something…
For the most part it was a wonderful experience ...
... past washing rocks and back to the house. Where he had a tool akin to a shoehorn and pulled out the fresh coconut meat. A great snack.
We rested a bit more and learned about what life was like there. Mom had 7 boys and one girl. There were no doctors, only herbal medicine. One boy died of a scorpion bite. We met his father, 70+ years old and ...
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Watch your suitcases/clothes
Stayed at the Krystal for the first time in Mexico with long time friends that go there every year.Found that a Tommy Hillfinger tank top (women's) and a pair of shorts was stolen from my suitcase.Also, a nighshirt inside out and un-folded.I had yet to wear these items.Night-shirt was left.
Advice: Lock you suitcases! They think you may have forgotten to pack these "little" items and really don't do anything to accommodate your loss.They make You feel like you are "lying".
Alll in all...everything else was good.Clean rooms and friendly staff.Don't get roped into the "free" buffet breakfast.They want you to buy a 10 year package for hotel discounts.
Speding a relaxed nice time...
A group of 5 of us traveled to Ixtapa Nov 1 through 8, 2003. When we left, Los Angeles was just starting to chill a bit, so our timing was perfect. The weather was great in Ixtapa, although a bit humid. This must have been the time to travel for low season. We were looking to have a relaxing vacation, but occasionally a little bit of partying too. We got the relaxing part, but not the partying part, although that was ok. From what we were told Ixtapa starts to get busy mid November so we just missed the crowds. The clubs weren't really happening. There were still enough people out there to interact with. You didn't have to worry about getting up early to reserve a lounge chair. The hotel was by no means deserted, but certainly wasn't crowded either. Overall, everything about the hotel was nice - the hotel appearance, the pool, the beach, the food (although pricey) and the service. We ate only once at the hotel for breakfast. The breakfast buffet cost us about $16 each. There were palapas and beach chairs by the beach area which made it really nice. The rooms were decent, the AC was functioning well, and the bathrooms were mediocre (probably a bit below average). All the hotels on the strip are walking distance to one another and walking distance to the shopping center and clubs right accross the street.
Ixtapa: A Little Slice of Paradise
We just returned 3 days ago & are already planning our next trip back.
It's a great vacation spot! We did not want to leave.
The hotel overall was very nice- the rooms were simply decorated yet very clean (which was important to us). Yes, the beds are quite firm but not totally uncomfortable. There is A/C but it could have been a little cooler (keep your curtains closed during the day to help keep out the heat). We stayed on the 8th floor & had a wonderful view.
Other recommendations: change $$ at a bank or a money exchange for better rates; bring good walking shoes because there are restaurants & shopping very close by easily w/in walking distance; bring lots of small bills for tips; beware of offers for timeshares (unless your interested); visit Las Gatas beach via water taxis from Zihua; eating @ Bogarts was expensive but worth every penny; great burgers go to Ruben's & good pizza & drinks go to Frank's; check w/the restuarants before ordering to see if they take credit cards or pesos or US dollars; and last but not least: ENJOY & RELAX!
We went here for our honeymoon in late September 2003. There were very few people there, but it was the off-season. It rained most every night, but it was no huge deal. I've seen this hotel get 4 star rating, but I'm not certain it's that great. Rooms were adequate, but nothing awesome. We didn't eat at the hotel as it seemed rather pricy compared to the other area restaurants. Beer/drinks are rather expensive at the hotel. About $3.50 for a beer. My best advice is to bring some alcohol with you and buy some mixers/coke at the local shops.
I just spend four days in Ixtapa at the Krystal, the hotel is very nice right in front of a beautiful beach and just across for a shopping mall where youŽll find anything you need and many restaurants and bars. Rooms are simple but comfortable all with a great view of the bay. The staff is very nice and helpful. If you are looking for a very romantic and unforgettable dinner I recommend ŽLa Villa de la SelvaŽ. I am already planning to return.
I stayed at the krystal hotel a total of two times on our five years of being in Ixtapa. It was SOOOO NICE i will never forget the hotel and the people who worked there. We enjoyed it so much we kept on coming back!
The Krystal Hotel is wonderful!
The place is absolute paradise. Beautiful beach, warm water, great big pool with a slide and small cliff you can jump off of. -It is really a nice place. The service was excellent, everything thing is neat, clean, safe, excellent food, lots to do and no need to worry about illness from their water or food. Little touches like all the fresh flowers & flower petals they would leave on the bed and in the bathroom every day after cleaning your room, were very impressive to me. I wish could afford to go back again, it was the best vacation I have ever had in my life!
My wife and I have stayed at the Krystal on 3 separate vacations and we're returning this March with 2 other couples. It's a wonderful complex, pool is heated, cabanas are extremely comfortable and relaxing, service is outstanding, food is delicious with a wide variety available for lunch and dinner. Here are our recommendations that we've given to many. Charge everything back to the room except the tip. We always bring a large quantity of small bills for tipping at lunch, dinner and room service for breakfast. Keep track of all of your receipts so you know exactly what your bill should be at checkout. Make sure the seal is on the serv bar when you check in, if not have them seal it or you will see those items on your bill (typical Mexico). We bring 1-2 bottles of rum with us and buy soda and beer at the local shops in the market, there is ice on every other floor. We also book the booze cruise out of Zihuatanejo where there also a famous restaurant to have dinner at. If you go on the booze cruise you'll meet many friendly people from Canada and the sunset pictures are unbelievable. There is a carlos and charlies, senor frogs and a flea market within walking distance. Bottom line when you're in a cabana or at the pool you don't need to walk anywhere for food or drink, those items are brought to you. There are no room safes, you can rent a safe deposit box behind the lobby desk, and you can also exchange your currency for pesos in the lobby. Checkout at the end of your trip with an American Express card so you receive the best exchange rate. Allow for extra time to check out, nothing moves quickly in this part of Mexico.
We Loved It (Going Back)
My husband and a few of our friends went to Ixtapa
in January 2002 for my 50th Birthday. We stayed at the Krystal hotel and we had a wonderful 7 days. The staff was the best we have had since Hawaii. We are now planning another trip there in November but staying 10 days this time and taking my daughter and her boyfriend. We would tell anyone we know to stay there.
Krystal Ixtapa, January 2002
Description: This is a 12-story high-rise centrally located on the beautiful Ixtapa beach and just across the street from the north end of Ixtapa's extensive shopping/dining area. In typical resort fashion it offers sufficient facilities to allow you to comfortably exist for a week without leaving the grounds, should you so desire. Multiple dining facilities range from an ocean-front patio setup to Bogart's, a semi-fancy eatery. From beach sand to pool area to lobby, you are never more than a few steps from a bar. A large free-form pool complex has areas for swimming, water games, a water slide/waterfall, and a separate kiddie pool. There is a kid's playground with play equipment and a nice landscaped section suitable for romantic strolls. The beach features lounging, volleyball, parasailing, powered hang-glider rides, massage tents (true) and, of course, the sea. Water is warm but the surf, which breaks sharply close to shore, may be a bit intimidating for some. (For those preferring pond-calm water, try a day trip to Ixtapa island, which has lee-side beaches sheltered from the ocean swell.)
The Good: We found the building & grounds very clean & well maintained. Our room was comfortably sized if not huge, and everything worked. Although we did not receive our requested non-smoking room (limited supply, apparently) it turned out not to be a factor as the room was fresh and airy. The staff throughout the complex was without exception cheerful, attentive and helpful. A couple of calls for extra towels, etc., produced service almost before we hung up the phone. Restaurant table service was prompt and the food varied & tasty (if a bit pricey, see "Area Comments" comments below).
The Not-So-Good: These are minor annoyances rather than real problems. First thing we noticed was that our king-size bed was hard as a rock. This is common in Mexico. However, for those of us getting up in years the old bones beg for a little accommodation in our bedding. If you fit this category, consider bringing a couple of the roll-up foam pads marketed for back-packing. Next, in the bathroom my eagle-eye spouse spotted a price tag on the in-room coffee package. Yes, said the desk, use the coffee package and we charge you $2.50. Never encountered this before, and it struck me as annoyingly petty. Finally, we were on the lowest floor and found evenings a bit noisy from the bar entertainment and, later in the evening, drunken tourists returning. Ask for one of the upper floors.
Area Comments: Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo should be considered a "two-fer" trip. Located immediately adjacent to each other, they exhibit two entirely different characters. Ixtapa is the "tourist" side of the pair, with modern high-rises, golf courses, and a plethora of tourist-oriented restaurants and shops. Zihuatanejo, home to most of the "local" population, is much more old-Mexico, and in fact has been a significant port town for centuries. While you can certainly spend your vacation exclusively in Ixtapa, you will be missing a lot of the flavor of Mexico if you don't take a hop or two over to Zihuatanejo for leisurely strolling through the shops and along the main beachfront. The Mercado Central on Av. Benito Juarez is one of the most concentrated retail areas you will find outside of a Moroccan suk and rates a walk-through.
Finally, a word about prices: While you will probably travel on a package which gives you the hotel lodging at a very attractive price, there is nothing exceptionally cheap about the hotel food or bar service. Figure on close to $10 for a breakfast, $20 and up (plus drinks) for dinner. You will find it worthwhile to check out the many eateries located across the street and for even better bargains journey to Zihuatanejo.