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Vacationing in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

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We took our second trip to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo in May with my parents. They were visiting Mexico for their first time, and I wanted to take them to beach. Since Ixtapa is only four hours from our home in Uruapan, this was a good choice for a little side trip. Unfortunately it was not the trip I hoped for!

Our first disappointment was that the Ixtapa apartment we rented on Airbnb was a sauna. The air conditioning was not working. We stayed there till midnight waiting for someone to fix the AC but the manager could not find anyone to help us. The owner was kind enough to refund our payment and she was super apologetic. The manager helped us find a hotel in Zihuatanejo and we slept there the first night. We are accustomed to no heat or AC in Uruapan. The climate here is very mild. Ixtapa is not mild. The temperature was over 100 Fahrenheit that day.

The next morning my dad’s electric wheelchair was not working. Dad had polio as a child and now suffers with post-polio syndrome. He can walk without his wheelchair but he is very limited. We have no idea why the wheelchair would not turn on. We ended up fixing it a week later, by resetting the program. Note, we tried this in Zihuatanejo without success. Weird!

Despite the wheelchair being out-of-service we wanted to spend time at the beach so we went to Isle Ixtapa via a water taxi. It was a great day but my father was hurting and he wasn’t able to enjoy the water. At least the rest of us did. Dad relaxed in the shade and watched his grandkids play in the ocean.

That night we stayed in a hotel in Ixtapa. We left the hotel in Zihuatanejo because they wanted to charge us too much for the second night. It was the craziest three days we had in long time. Three hotels in two nights and a broken wheelchair. Not the best beach vacation for my parents first visit to Mexico. We were supposed to stay another night in Ixtapa but Dad was in a lot of pain. Plus we were all worried about what Dad would do the next three weeks in Mexico without a wheelchair. For these reasons we decided to leave early and go back home to Uruapan. I was extremely unhappy but hey, at least we had one beautiful day at Isle Ixtapa!

I only hope my parents next visit to a playa (beach) in Mexico will be less eventful and more relaxing. From the photos below you can tell we still have some great memories of our crazy, little adventure ;-) Signing off, Tina

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Unhappy children
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Eating seafood on the beach in Zihuatanejo

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Zihuatanejo shopping district is wheelchair accessible
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On the way to Isle Ixtapa there is a crocodile preserve – full of iguanas!
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Learning underwater photography…
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…in murky water

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Playa on Isle Ixtapa

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Mom was exhausted after her first time snorkeling
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Our last hotel in Ixtapa was our favorite and we will surely return

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Normal sight in Mexico streets – Mexican military
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Mariscos (seafood) from Michigan – my birth state in the US ;-)

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