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Ecuadorian Navy Tall Ship GUAYAS
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The whole town marveled for days at this tall ship when it visited us from Ecuador. The Ecuadorian Navy trains future sailors on this beauty named "Guayas". Where do I sign up?

Here's a view looking towards Playa Las Gatas from the very end of Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo Bay. There's a path you can follow along the rocky coast between the two beaches. It takes about ten minutes to walk it. I recommend wearing a decent pair of tennis shoes if you go. There are a few tricky spots. View to Las Gatas from La Ropa
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Playa Manzanillo at Bahía de Potosí
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Here's a distant view of the beach called Playa Manzanillo on la Bahía de Potosí. Named for a type of tree that grows along the beachfront, it's about 20 minutes by boat from the pier in Zihuatanejo. This is one of the best places to go snorkeling. I highly recommend chartering a boat and visiting this beach while you can; the government wants to sell the land!

Playa Manzanillo is one of the last virgin beaches in our area unchanged in a million years. Help us to rescue this paradise! If the government develops & privatizes the land it won't ever be the same. We will lose one of our greatest treasures in the name of selfish greed! You can help by sending mail to the Secretario de Turismo and the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales among others. This should be made a National Park! Playa Manzanillo at Bahía de Potosí
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Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande
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We have an archaeological museum in town at the east end of the Playa Principal. Learn about the history of our region and see many pre-Colombian artifacts recovered from the surrounding areas. The entrance is on the beach side. There's more to our area than meets the eye! The building itself is rich with history.

Here's the entrance of the museum. It's located on the beachfront walkway in downtown Zihuatanejo called Andador del Pescador. It's official name is Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande. Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande
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Old bridge to El Almacén - Golden Gate Bridge
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This was our notorious "Golden Gate Bridge" in Zihuatanejo near the pier & Navy base which took you from town to the "colonias" called El Almacén and La Noria. It has been replaced by a sturdier concrete & steel structure. Some of us actually miss this old relic. Imagine that!

Here is the public basketball and volleyball court on the waterfront in downtown Zihuatanejo. This is also our town's main plaza, known variably as "La Cancha Municipal", "La Cancha Principal", "La Plaza Principal", "La Cancha", "el Zócalo", or variations of these phrases. You can often catch a game or a cultural event here, and families, lovers and friends stroll along the promenade here especially on Sunday evenings. Zihuatanejo's basketball court
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Sunrise at the Plaza Principal
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The main plaza on the waterfront of downtown Zihuatanejo is the center of activity and a longtime traditional gathering place for families, residents and visitors. In the morning you will usually see fishermen arriving, people excercising, Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizing, and tourists having breakfast at one of the nearby outdoor cafes taking it all in.

The gazebo at the zócalo is called a kiosko. It's not uncommon to see older couples there doing a traditional dance called Danzón. Gazebo at the Plaza Principal
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View from La Boquita footbridge
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Sailboats and yachts in Zihuatanejo Bay seen from the footbridge over La Boquita canal next to the museum.

Here's a short palapa on a long beach. This was taken at one of the restaurants on the beach known as Playa Blanca near the airport. The red flag means dangerous swimming conditions, but I don't think it has been taken down since it was put up. Palapa and beach chairs on Playa Blanca
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Rambling banyan tree at Isla Ixtapa
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Wandering through the deer trails on Isla Ixtapa I came across this multi-trunked banyan tree hidden from the eyes of the majority of the island's visitors. You have to hunt for treasures like this!

Plaza del Artista aka Plaza Caritina Galeana Gómez is a small garden area on the eastern part of the Paseo del Pescador on the waterfront of downtown Zihuatanejo where local artists, poets and writers can often be found displaying their wares and their talents. Plaza del Artista
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Mural of old Zihuatanejo by El Gitano
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A mural representing old Zihuatanejo by local artist Miguel Ángel Álvarez Lozano aka "El Gitano". It and others are located in the small park Plaza Caritina Galeana aka Plaza del Artista on the beachfront walkway called Paseo del Pescador in downtown Zihuatanejo.

The cruise ship Silver Cloud anchors in Zihuatanejo Bay beyond several sailboats while fishermen cast for baitfish near the downtown beach Playa Principal. Cruise ship, sailboats and fishermen
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Hector Olea
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This is former Zihuatanejo icon Hector Olea who used to give great guided boat tours in a native panga to our best snorkeling beaches such as Playa Manzanillo and Isla Ixtapa. The resemblance to King Neptune is no coincidence! A fan of his has named a restaurant after him in Milwaukee. QEPD
Photo © 2000 courtesy of Fintastic Fish Mounts

A group of pelicans hang out near the fishing boats during the morning on the Playa Principal hoping for a free meal. Pelicans on Playa Principal
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