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March 22, 2004
From journal Beautiful Acapulco
February 9, 2003
From journal Acapulco Coco and Rum
by Tio Gringo
January 8, 2003
My family took one of the boats over to Playa la Roqueta for the day. We'd heard the beach was good, and it is--not great, but good. It's fairly large and a very short boat trip from downtown.
There were several restaurants on the island and, like many Mexican beach areas, if you hang out at the restaurant and drink their beer, you can use their tables, umbrellas, and rest rooms for free. We picked one of the cleaner looking restaurants and set up camp for the day, ordering a few shrimp cocktails and a round of chilly brewskis while the kids dashed off to play in the water and commence sandcastle construction projects.
The weirdest thing about this beach is that a herd of burros that lives on the island has developed a taste for cold beer (can't say that I blame them). They come around to the tables and try to bum brewskis off you. I thought the burros were just local color, sort of like the ponies on Assateague Island, but no, a guy at the next table went up to one of the burros, held up a bottle of Corona, and the burro proceeded to chug-a-lug the bottle out of the guy's hand! It looked like so much fun that I had to try it too (but with an Indio--I have much better taste in beers than some folks).
We walked up to the lighthouse, which was just a short walk away, and sat on the rocks for a while, just loving the sunshine and the light sea breeze, then we wandered over to the small "zoo." Small is the operative word here. There couldn't be more than a dozen or so animals in rickety cages. PETA members would be aghast at this island, no doubt . . .
Getting to the island is easy--there are boats going over every few minutes. I've heard that some leave from Playa Caleta, but we caught a ferry at Playa Larga. Some of the ferries have glass bottoms so you can see the fish, or the local curiosity (more like a hokey gimmick): a submerged statue of the Virgin Mary.
Overall, a pretty nice day, and inexpensive to boot.
From journal Acapulco: Mexico's Cosmopolitan Urban Beach
December 2, 2002
The boat was small and serviceable; the crew was very helpful. We were beginners, and they didn't make us feel bad. You could have pictures taken of your dive, but before we went out, they showed us some samples and we decided not to go for the extra expense. The pictures we saw hardly showed anything.
From journal A week in Acapulco