October 15, 2004
We saw wet bikes, boats, water skiing, parasailing, and THE BANANA. The banana is a yellow, heavy-gauge vinyl float of sorts. There are six to eight handles that sit on top of the float so that riders can hang on! As we walked down the beach, we were approached by the Banana rental guys and asked, Do you want to ride the banana?? It was fairly inexpensive, so we decided to take the banana for a spin.
I had no idea what I was in for! The speedboat driver drives fast, and further out into the deeper areas of the ocean...well, better wear the life vest! They WILL give you a wild ride and ultimately do their best to make you fall off at some point. I was a little worried about my intoxicated husband riding this thing. However, with the life vest on, I didn't worry too much. We bumped and hopped over the waves, hanging on with all our might. Ultimately, my spouse wound up falling off the banana in the deeper part of the ocean (weebles wabble and they DO fall down). The driver swung back around and picked him up. It may not look like it, but this ride was as adventurous as off-the-beach parasailing.
There are at least a few reasonably priced seafood restaurants on this beach to choose from.
Expect to find many active locals here. I raised an eyebrow in delight when I saw that there were more locals here than tourists.
The beach itself is a lovely light beige and fairly wide, but not excessively so. We found it to be good for strolling, sunning, and most any water activity we might be interested in. The water is nice here with some clarity and a scenic backdrop of lush, green mountains. Viva Playa La Ropa!!
From journal Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico - A Change of Scenery