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1. Posted by amanda10 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

My Partner and I are thinking about travelling into Mexico for around a week in October this year. We do not want to go to Cancun as it is to touristy and expensive, so we were looking for some advise on where to travel.

We want to go somewhere that has beautiful beaches, but is authentic. Somewhere where we know we are in Mexico and can be immersed in all it has to offer.

We are very open to suggestions and love hearing about peoples experiences to help us make our decision, so please share some stories :)

Thanks!!

2. Posted by columbiano (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hola Amanda,

This my 2nd reply to a post on this form the 1st well thought out & lengthy reply seemed to vanish after i pressed submitThis time I'll highlight the places visited i think are worth a look. Once you lv. Cancun Airport outside past time share booth head to the ADO (www.ado.com.mx) tckt.booth(cheap/efficent way to trav. Yucatan) bus stop head south 20min Puerto Morelo(ask to be let off@ p/m stop) taxi/colectivo to p/m 10-20m/ps(auth.Mex.fishing village) great beach/snorkeling .Plan b head to Isla Mujeres(ferry fr.Cancun) I prefered P/M less touristy
#2 Tulum small ruins /pretty little beach #3 all bus route via Playa del Carmen (busy tourist trap) #3 Laguna de Bacalar(lake of 7 colors)budget accom.($)Casitas Carolina;($$)Hotel Lag.De Bacalar #4 cenote azul nice jump/dive/swim decent rest. grub#5 Head back north take hyway exit to Merida/chichen Itza ruins Merida clean/colonial town worth visit to mrkt. to buy world famous hamacks/panama style hats.Another option head out to coast north of Bacalar(I Think) remote/secluded beaches sm. village?#5 head to Belize or back north.
If you want the rest of the story or more details priv./mess. me ...Saludos...Columbiano

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jun-2011, at 17:00 by columbiano ]

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Amanda,
I suggest you take a look at Zihuatanejo, or shortened to: Zee-what. Fishing village, a zocalo, decent beaches. Cheap places to stay in town and the big flash resorts of Ixtapa are just 10 km away. Stay in Zee-what, visit Ixtapa if you want discos, upscale restaurants, nightlife. Another place I liked was Manzanillo. Pretty, not crowded. Good luck with your search.

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 5y

It's been decades since Zihuatanejo was a fishing village-it's now a small Mexican city much dependent upon tourism.

Still an OK place but not in any way exceptional-unbridled development is slowly strangling the place with raw sewage flooding the bay regularly now.

Also Please Note-the short form of Zihuatanejo is Zihua 'ZEE wah'

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Quoting SamSalmon

It's been decades since Zihuatanejo was a fishing village-it's now a small Mexican city much dependent upon tourism.

"I has been over 10 years since I have been there, but according to wikipedia, the fishing boats still go out. Should we now call it a fishing city? Zihua was rated the second best sailfishing in the world by Sport Fishing Magazine. It was dependent on tourism back in the 90s. Just not as overwhelming as Acapulco.

Still an OK place but not in any way exceptional-unbridled development is slowly strangling the place with raw sewage flooding the bay regularly now.

"I read about the too much growth and sewage on wikipedia. That is really a shame. Too many people ruin almost all tourist destinations. What is really upsetting is the drug war has spilled over to Zihuatanejo with several deaths. Very bad news for a tourist spot"

Also Please Note-the short form of Zihuatanejo is Zihua 'ZEE wah'

"You are right, but zee-what is what I called it when I was there and still do."

Now Sam, do you have a suggestion for Amanda?

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jun-2011, at 22:42 by vegasmike6 ]

6. Posted by gplsource (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hello Amanda! I grow up in Manzanillo so I could be helpful just in case u need help there. Actually I'm working in another state (Guadalajara) but I usually travel to Manzanillo because my friends and family are living there.

Manzanillo is a very peaceful place and it is focused on nature environments, you won't find out so many places for night life. The common people (foreigners) visiting Manzanillo are people looking for peace and good food. Most of the local people are friendly and helpful but you should be aware about there are people trying to get money from you (starting with the transportation services). Beaches are mmm -ok- but you could find out more beaches in Tecoman (at 30 mins from Manzanillo), some of these beaches are virgin places and you can be yourself there; if you decide to go to Tecoman or any other place in Colima (the state) don't hesitate and contact a tourist guide (I think this apply for any other state in Mexico because the recent war against the drug traffic).

Don't hesitate and let me know if you have any question or doubt.

Best regards!
Fernando