Wheels down here in the Twin Cities last evening around eight, and welcomed home to that 23 degree refreshment. Pah!
We had a wonderful stay at the Las Brisas Ixtapa.
No rain. Few clouds. Weather was just plain Perfect. Did see the Sun Spot activity though the binoculars at sunset the evening of 3/6.
Food at all of the venues was Exceptional while a bit pricy for the area. The first night in I had what I believe to be one of the very best Ribeye steaks that I have ever had in the area at the El Mexicana restaurant on property. Well worth the price of admission!
The staff is amazing, as it is at most of the Ixtapa hotels. We had upgraded to a Junior Suite and were on the 22nd floor (top of the hotel) where the views are amazing, Leslie and I had stayed here previously in 2006, and I had forgotten how nice the long recessed balconies are for coffee and binocular gazing in the mornings! What a treat!
I can't list all of the wildlife that we saw just from the balcony in the mornings, but a few would include: Whales, Porpoise, Needle fish in the surf, a Monster school of Green Jacks that came in and you could not see through the waves for all of the fish in them, White Egrets, hundreds of Pelicans, Buzzards, Bats, Geckos (no they won't try to sell you car insurance). large Drum fish cruising the surf line, and more and more and more!
Las Brisas is in Zona 3 so the Taxi fares are slightly elevated form the strip hotels. 80p to Zihua (Centro). 65p to Ixtapa shopping district. 230p back to the airport.
I only fished one day this trip. One small Dorado, and unfortunately MANY long lines/liners spotted this trip. Five miles worth at the 20 to 25 mile mark. They can not convince me that they were "Snapper" fishing out there. Sad that the Mexican fisheries refuse to enforce they're own laws on this. It will eventually kill the Sport Fishing in the area, along with the Sport Fishing dollar.
All in all another wonderful trip to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Met many new friends, and visited with many old ones.