We booked our
Zihuatanejo one-week vacation at Club Intrawest one year ahead. Nicely
planned as our Fall getaway, it was intended as a break from the cold
and wet Vancouver weather.
A lot of things can
happen during that period. We certainly did not expect that the night
before we leave for our holiday, both my husband and I would come down
with the cold. And who could have foretold the weather forecasts for
Zihuatanejo for that week - scattered thunderstorms. What choices do we
have, faced with prepaid, non-refundable airtickets and accomodations,
but to soldier on.
We arrived on Sunday late afternoon, and went to bed early, nursing our
cold. Monday, both of us woke up, pleasantly surpised. The hot warm air
of Zihuatanejo magically took away our sniffles. And yes, while there
were clouds in the sky, the sun was strong enough to penetrate through,
and we could still feel the sun and the warmth.
Picante at the Puerto Mio Marina Resort
We spent our days in the beach, walking, swimming in the warm waters. We
could see the yachts anchored out in the bay, and wondered what it would
be like to sail around Zihuatanejo Bay. There was only one sailboat
cruise listed in The Lonely Planet, which is the 75 ft camataran called
The Picante offers a 5 hour sail and snorkel excursion from 10am to 2
pm, and a Sunset Cruise from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. We thought it would
certainly be a highlight of our trip to go on the Sunset Cruise. At a
published rate of US$50 per person, we gave it a try!
The ride was very smooth and comfortable. There was no wind, the captain
had the engine running, but all sails up. We saw dolphins swimming.
The crew was hardworking, entertaining and very accommodating.
Las Escolleroas rock formation
Tropical Bird Sanctuary
Sailed around Zihuatanejo Bay, got a close up look at the "Las
Escolleroas" rock formations, saw the tropical bird sanctuary. We met
some honeymooners on the trip, and several tourists from Ixtapa. We
exchanged stories, took photos, and got so immersed in conversations.
The trip was truly enjoyable, and the people you meet along the way can
be a bonus! Would we do it again? For sure, yes. Would we recommend it?
The Picante cruise company also offers day sail and snorkeling trips and
parasailing adventures. Depending on your travel itineraries, other
adventures might be more suitable. The sunset cruise we took is ideal
for land travellers who've been staying at hotels, and want to try out
the waters and get a closer look at the islands nearby. For passengers
on cruise lines, you've been in the water and watching the sunset
everyday, it might be better to explore land adventures, and step on
land for a change.