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Posted 01 October 2021 - 07:11 PM

Brett, why did you choose to settle in Mazatlan rather than other places like Las Palmas/Cabo or even some other state than Sinaloa? And is traveling up or down 150 anything similar to a road trip up or down the west coast of the US? I'm just curious because I have a friend vacationing on a road trip down #1 from Ensenada and so it got me studying the map and thinking of you. :love3:


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 12:07 PM

Brett, why did you choose to settle in Mazatlan rather than other places like Las Palmas/Cabo or even some other state than Sinaloa? And is traveling up or down 150 anything similar to a road trip up or down the west coast of the US? I'm just curious because I have a friend vacationing on a road trip down #1 from Ensenada and so it got me studying the map and thinking of you. :love3:

 

Cabo San Lucas.  I don't like desert.  It's also a tourist drinking town, expensive, and the beaches aren't nice.

Puerto Vallarta.  Tourist town.  Beautiful though.  Too small for me - I like cities.  More expensive than Mazatlán.  BIG gay ex-pat community though.  So-so beaches.

Durango.  Church every second block.  No beaches.  No thanks.

Mazatlán.  Affordable.  Great beaches.  Great food.  Nice people.  City big enough to have everything.  Not as many tourists.

México City.  Nice areas are expensive and cheap areas are not nice.  No beaches.  If it was on the coast I'd have found a way to afford it.

Teotihuacan.  I'd definitely live here if my Spanish was better.  Pyramids.  An hour from México City.  No beaches.

Creel.  Mountain town near Copper Canyon.  Canyon is spectacular and would make me forget about beaches, but I could never find a home for sale here.

Acapulco.  Hadn't been there when I was looking for a place.  It would be #1 on my list today.  Bigger than Mazatlán and fewer tourists from the USA/Canada.  No regrets though!

Manzanillo.  Too industrial.  Definitely a working town, primarily a seaport.  I'd pick someplace like this if I spoke fluent Spanish.

Zihuatanejo.  Like a small Puerto Vallarta without the gays.  VERY nice though, I'd vacation here again.  Really, it's beautiful here.

Puerto Escondido.  Surfer dudes and dudettes.  Constant influx of 20 something tourists with rich daddies because of the surfing and partying.  Nice to be there a few days, but that's it.  Food is excellent though.

Huatulco.  Didn't make it that far south - I hear it's nice though.  Has a small ex-pat community.  Too small for me.

 

Traveling on 150 (and 15 and 200).  No, not the same.  Hwy 101 in the USA goes along the coast and 150 (15, 200) is usually a few miles inland.  This means no ocean view.  Same thing about going through small towns every 30 to 60 minutes though.  And the drive through Nayarit is beautiful.  Haven't been north of Los Mochis, so I can't speak to that section.  I do intend on making my way up to Puerto Peñasco someday.  


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 06:14 PM

 

Cabo San Lucas.  I don't like desert.  It's also a tourist drinking town, expensive, and the beaches aren't nice.

Puerto Vallarta.  Tourist town.  Beautiful though.  Too small for me - I like cities.  More expensive than Mazatlán.  BIG gay ex-pat community though.  So-so beaches.

Durango.  Church every second block.  No beaches.  No thanks.

Mazatlán.  Affordable.  Great beaches.  Great food.  Nice people.  City big enough to have everything.  Not as many tourists.

México City.  Nice areas are expensive and cheap areas are not nice.  No beaches.  If it was on the coast I'd have found a way to afford it.

Teotihuacan.  I'd definitely live here if my Spanish was better.  Pyramids.  An hour from México City.  No beaches.

Creel.  Mountain town near Copper Canyon.  Canyon is spectacular and would make me forget about beaches, but I could never find a home for sale here.

Acapulco.  Hadn't been there when I was looking for a place.  It would be #1 on my list today.  Bigger than Mazatlán and fewer tourists from the USA/Canada.  No regrets though!

Manzanillo.  Too industrial.  Definitely a working town, primarily a seaport.  I'd pick someplace like this if I spoke fluent Spanish.

Zihuatanejo.  Like a small Puerto Vallarta without the gays.  VERY nice though, I'd vacation here again.  Really, it's beautiful here.

Puerto Escondido.  Surfer dudes and dudettes.  Constant influx of 20 something tourists with rich daddies because of the surfing and partying.  Nice to be there a few days, but that's it.  Food is excellent though.

Huatulco.  Didn't make it that far south - I hear it's nice though.  Has a small ex-pat community.  Too small for me.

 

Traveling on 150 (and 15 and 200).  No, not the same.  Hwy 101 in the USA goes along the coast and 150 (15, 200) is usually a few miles inland.  This means no ocean view.  Same thing about going through small towns every 30 to 60 minutes though.  And the drive through Nayarit is beautiful.  Haven't been north of Los Mochis, so I can't speak to that section.  I do intend on making my way up to Puerto Peñasco someday.  

♥♥♥ so fun to read, had to bring up the map again ♥♥♥ I definitely get the logic. :love3:


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Posted 21 October 2021 - 08:54 PM

 

 

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 04:26 PM

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 11:09 AM

The countdown is at 7 days!  Bus to Puerto Vallarta.  I leave at 1:00 am and am scheduled to arrive at 9:45 am.  Taking the overnight bus because watching them drive the mountain road with switchbacks and dropoffs only needed to happen once!  Check-in isn't until 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm, so I'll just bum around for a while.  Cuates y Cuetes is one of my favorite places, primarily because of the webcam I can watch when I need a Puerto Vallarta fix.  But the food is good and the beer is cold.  Nice place to park my ass for a couple of hours and watch the people watching the people.  I still haven't decided if I am going to go skydiving while I'm there.

Then I'm off to México City for a week.  I Arrive on Saturday, and have a 2 bedroom AirBnB to myself until Tuesday when my idiot nephew's previous girlfriend, Jessie, arrives (she kept him from abusing alcohol and drugs).  Will hit museums, parks, hopefully Xochimilco, and of course Teotihuacan for a few pyramids.

The next Saturday we're off to Acapulco.  I haven't decided if we should fly or take a 5 hour bus.  Prices are about the same either way, just depends on what we want to see and how we want to see it.  Really, by the time you get to the airport early, check in, go through security, sit on the tarmac, fly to the destination, then repeat everything in reverse, it's only about an extra hour or two by bus.

 

Acapulco for a week!  Zipline across the bay should be fun, and we'll go get snacks/dinner at the Mirador hotels restaurant so we'll have a ringside seat to watch the cliff divers.  I'd like to go a little north to either Pie de la Cuesta or Barra de Coyuca (google/google map them and look at photos).  My first trip down I was with a friend originally from México City and she had us take a city bus, two collectivos (vans turned into buses) and a rickety little boat.  I think I'll pop for the tour this time!  Jessie wants to go to Isla la Roqueta and I think I've figured out the locals way to do it on the cheap without having to do a big tour.  There's an embarcadero where you can grab a boat - looks like two options, one just takes you there and the other does a little tour thing on the way (glass bottom boat, stop at the virgin of something statue, has a guy dive off a cliff ... ).  We'll see!

 

Leaving Acapulco on a friday instead of Saturday because the airfare was considerably less.  I'd prefer to have stayed the extra day, but my wallet said otherwise.  Flying up to Seattle so I can winterize the house - then I'll be coming back to Mazatlán in early January.

 

Woo!  Lol.

 

Here's the webcam for Cuates y Cuetes in case you are in need of some Puerto Vallarta beach time! The camera rotates every few seconds, and you can click on the arrows in the lower right (hover over the image) to enlarge it.

 


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 11:15 AM

Well, now I know how to edit when the webcam you post takes over the whole screen! Lol
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Posted 23 October 2021 - 06:12 PM

 

The countdown is at 7 days!  ... Zipline across the bay should be fun... ,

I would so love to do that zipline for sure! I hope you have a wonderful and safe time!! :love2:


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Posted 22 November 2021 - 09:23 PM

 

 

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Love the turtles. :love3: Glad you had a nice time too!! :love1:


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