Manzanillo - a great stop over

Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
Trip End Mar 20, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Friday, June 27, 2008

To get to Acapulco from Puerto Vallarta by bus it's about 20 hours so we decide to break the trip up and stop over night in Manzanillo. Driving in we're greeted with torrential rain, thunder and lightening, it's almost tempting to stay on the bus (it's really comfy and they're playing some good DVDs, plus I've somehow managed to perfect the art of reading without feeling sick). Our plan to walk is now over taken by the urge to remain dry and it's a good call. There's localized flooding and at one point I'm pulling my bag off the floor in the taxi as it looks like the water will come in through the doors, we can certainly feel it gushing under the taxi. Our plan had been to get to the Santiago Peninsula and then wander round to check out the hotel options but instead we take the first one we see and I think we're the only people staying here. It's cheap and we get a sea view so it will suffice for one night. Great thing here is that the movies at the cinema are in English with Spanish subtitles so we head there, it's the best place to be in this weather (Zohan is an average laugh at best, wait for DVD). As we exit I've forgotten where I am and am surprised to find I'm not exiting onto the familiar streets of Richmond.  I feel a pang of homesickness which is short lived as I soon remember I'd have to be working back there.  Here it's humid and dry, like the rain had never come. We're going to have to get used to this weather, the rainy season is only just beginning.
We awake to a bright sunny day which is a relief.  The idea of sitting round all day waiting for our bus was very unappealing.  We head out to walk the stretch of beach which is surprisingly long and takes about a hour and a half to get to the other end.  Fortunately it's a great swimming beach (it's hot hot hot) and so we spend the day in the sea.  It's a welcome change too as it's the first beach that's had waves if a somewhat strong under-tow so Gareth's in his element whilst I'm pretending I'm in a washing machine Every time a wave hits.  Feeling a little bit crispy after all the sun and salt we head back to the hotel to refresh in the pool before heading back to the bus station.  We've really enjoyed stopping over here, Manzanillo has a great vibe, with friendly people and great beaches. 
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