Written by Rmundo on 26 Jul, 2006
Pozole Thursday is an event you must not miss when traveling to Zihuatanejo. To find pozole (basically pork and hominy stew), you can either stroll the restaurants and look for a sign saying “pozole today,” or you can do it right, like I eventually…Read More
Pozole Thursday is an event you must not miss when traveling to Zihuatanejo. To find pozole (basically pork and hominy stew), you can either stroll the restaurants and look for a sign saying “pozole today,” or you can do it right, like I eventually learned to, and get yourself in a taxi and say, “A la Santa Prisca Pozoleria, por favor.” (The less adventurous could ask at their hotel for more specific directions, but I think most taxi drivers wouldn’t need more direction.) At this pozoleria, open only on Thursdays, you will be treated to live music, home-made tequila, appetizers of chile relleno, and delicious large bowls of pozole (either chicken or pork)--and all for about $10. Plan to be there by 5 o'clock to secure yourself a good seat and be ready to make an evening out of it. On some nights the music really got going and people would even dance between the tables. Don’t miss out.Close
Written by tadpole on 15 Mar, 2004
We made an exchange through RVC, from whom it is extraordinarily difficult to obtain a written confirmation of the exchange. In future we will insist on this because we were not given the unit for which we had exchanged, although this in no way…Read More
We made an exchange through RVC, from whom it is extraordinarily difficult to obtain a written confirmation of the exchange. In future we will insist on this because we were not given the unit for which we had exchanged, although this in no way spoiled our vacation.
Other travellers should know that the Villa Vera resort no longer owns some of the property which is featured in the promotional material - even in the RCI guide!
As best we could understand things, the resort has sold off the restaurant, La Cala, and its adjacent spa, which is what you see featured in the promotional material, and no longer maintains the beach club. In fact, the small "beach club" is now a public beach and the cabana has become the home of a local man. While we were told at the resort that we could certainly use the beach and that there would be a "security guard" there to assist us, this was not quite so. The occupant of the building was somewhat bemused by our arrival, although didn't object to us hauling out two barely usable loungers and pads. What clearly used to be a bar and kitchen with toilet facilities for guests is now quite dilapidated, and the toilets are "out of order," to put it politely. However, the actual beach and water there is very nice indeed and well worth the steep walk down and back to the the resort. Don't forget to take water or drinks, though, there is no service here anymore.
The restaurant, La Cala, is spectacular and we were very disappointed to find that it is only open for dinner (fairly expensive) and the lovely free-form pool is not available for use by resort guests during the day, in fact, it's not maintained by the look of it. Nobody could tell us about the spa. The Marina also seems to have become another privately owned amenity. We were confronted by a security guard who would not let us on the property even when we protested that we were guests at Villa Vera resort. We never did find out who gets to go there.
All this being said, we found what remains of Villa Vera Puerto Mio quite lovely. It's a small, intimate resort on a cliff with a gorgeous view of the bay. Our room, while not what we thought we should have been given, was fantastic because it had a huge balcony with two sofas big enough to stretch out on. We took our 'siesta' there most days.
The hotel pool is somewhat inconsequential - don't expect to get any exercise in that, and there isn't much room for sitting around it either. Aside from the aforementioned small beach at the bottom of the cliff, the nearest beach is in town or a boat ride away at either La Ropa of Las Gatos. Las Gatos is a typically commercial beach with restaurants and bars the whole way along it. A word of warning: you need water shoes here, there are lots of rocks, broken coral and stones. The snorkelling was so-so; better to take a day trip to Isla Ixtapa for that.
We found the town a lot of fun and pleasant to walk around with a wide choice of restaurants. Go first thing in the morning and watch the fishermen bring in their catch to sell right there on at the waterfront. Buy a pescadillo! You can go into Ixtapa by taxi or, for more fun, take the local bus (5 pesos) but you'll have to walk into town first.
We're pretty fit and didn't have any problem walking back up the hill to the resort but it's a very steep walk so most people will want to take a cab back. Perhaps this is why the resort has given up on La Cala and the beach club!
Finally, this is not a resort for kids. There is nothing for them to do.