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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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5. Oddball Day

Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo.  

Pack some towels and call a cab to take you to the relatively big city of Zihuatanejo, or “Zihua,” as locals call it. Start your day with a walk down Paseo de los Pescadores, the waterfront walkway that runs from La Madera Beach to the municipal pier. Stop for breakfast at the café inside Casa Marina (Paseo del Pescador, No. 9; 52-755-554-2373), which has good coffee and an eclectic selection of used books for perusal and purchase. From there, take a water taxi (about $3) to Las Gatas Beach, located at the bay’s southern end, across from downtown. (Alternatively, you can walk there along the rocky footpath, which takes about 40 minutes.) Walk down the beach to the nature preserve at Zihuatanejo Beach Club—run by the first American to work on the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau—or follow the pathway to the lighthouse for the best views of the coastline. Head back to town for lunch at Fonda Doña Licha (Calle Cocos, No. 8; 52-755-554-3933), a few blocks from the beachfront, a favorite with locals that serves a “comida corrida” (about $4), a set menu of homestyle dishes like pozole verde. Spend the early afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets of the Colonia Centro area, home to numerous antique and craft shops. Check out Lupita’s, (Calle Juan N. Alvarez, No. 5; 52-755-554-5977) which sells textiles and clothing from several Mexican states, and Bodega del Tequila (Calle Vicente Guerrero, No. 18; 52-755-557-0174) for artisanal liquor. Most stores close at 2 p.m. for the afternoon siesta, which is a good time to take a nap on the beach or go for a swim. Afterward, stop into the Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande (Paseo del Pescador, No. 7; 52-755-554-7552; about $1) to see artifacts and maps depicting the region’s history before strolling down Playa La Ropa for a sunset drink at the Panoramic Sunset Bar. Stroll back toward town for a rooftop diner at Kau-Kan Restaurant, one of Zihua’s higher-end spots, where you can have local marinated abalone ($11) or stingray in black butter sauce ($12.50). If you’ve got energy afterward, you can dance to a live salsa band until 2 a.m. at Bandido’s before getting a cab home.

Published on Dec 13, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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