To meet our April 5 Ixtapa rendezvous, we covered the 197 miles from Barra de Navidad to Isla Grande (off of Ixtapa) in 4 days. After anchoring out in Santiago, Cabeza Negra, Caleta de Campos, and Isla Grande, we came in to the Ixtapa marina, where our slip mates included a crocodile, an interesting Brit, and a number of U.S. cruisers. A highlight in Ixtapa is the 9.7 km ciclopista (bike path). After meeting Doug and Karrey Rigby at the Zihuateneo airport, we took a cab to Tronconnes, a town with a good mix of surfing, restaurants, and village life. We stayed for several days on shore while the crocodile stood watch over Elizabeth Jean at the marina. Our visit was filled with morning yoga, long beach walks, boogie boarding, horse back riding, and fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
This little fella graced the Ixtapa Marina malecon.
This little fella also graced the marina. Its route from the golf course to the outer estuary went right past Elizabeth Jean. Seeing him next to our boat was always startling.
A great 9.7 km bike path went from Ixtapa’s commercial center, through an ecological reserve, to the beach. The sign identifies the animals present in the reserve.
We were not surprised to find crocodiles, but the number that gathered at feeding time was eye grabbing.
Our friends Doug and Karrey Rigby were the lure to Ixtapa. They had access to a home in Tronconnes, about 40 miles north of Ixtapa.
The home was an exotic, open air masterpiece.
The view of the house from the beach.
Eulalie and Eric’s small open air cottage.
You never know who you will run into in the Tronconnes surf.
The turtles beat us to this beach. We were glad to see these cages protecting known nests.
Casa Kelly is the winter retreat for other Seattlelites as well. In addition to this sign, boasting the Seahawk’s Superbowl victory, there was a box for the West Seattle newspaper.
We sought refuge from the sun in this colorful beachfront bar on an 8 mile beach walk during the hottest stretch of the day.
Surf’s up. Karrey and Eric with boogie boards.
Eulalie explored the beach with her new pony buddy.
Every other day the vegetable truck came by the house.
Ruven and Carmen also came by with the catch of the day. The red slab, is sailfish. The bag in front of Carmen contains shrimp.
Grilled marlin, sauteed prawns and marlin, with a side of potato and zucchini (prepared by Karrey and Eric) brighten this rustic plate. Eulalie also made her famous lime pie, substituting the tart Mexican limes for Key Limes. Our house made ceviche included marlin chunks, fresh lime juice, cucumber, tomato and jalapeno. We would put it up against the best restaurant version.
Eden, a boutique and hotel down the beach from our home a way from Elizabeth Jean, provided an opportunity to dress up.
Sunset from Eden’s patio, across the infinity pool, to the Pacific Ocean.