Zihuatenejo to Puerto Escondido
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 4, 2013 6:08 AM Last Post By: stewbear
Jan 28, 2013 11:58 AM
Zihuatenejo to Puerto EscondidoMy boyfriend and I are backpacking the pacific coast by bus and staying in hostels or cheap hotels. We will be in Zihuatenejo for about a week then plan to head south to Puerto Escondido. It seems like a long bust trip, so we would like to break it up and stay some place along the way. The easiest I think would be Acapulco? But we aren't thrilled about that destination. Does anyone know of a cool, place to stop on the way for a night or 2 that is less touristy and smaller than Acapulco? But still easy to access by bus? Has anyone been to Pie De La Cuesta? Even someplace farther than Acapulco would be good, like halfway to split the journey...
Any help appreciated!!!
Jan 28, 2013 1:16 PM
Jan 28, 2013 1:24 PM
2If you're looking for a stopover of a day or two or three, the zocalo area of Old Acapulco would be quite fine. There are several really cheap, basic but adequate hotels like the California near the zocalo. The bus system is a bit crazy but will get you to anywhere you want to go in the geographic area.
Pie de la Cuesta is a bit isolated and definitely boring. The most energetic thing around is the enormous pounding breakers.
Jan 28, 2013 2:26 PM
3If traveling by long distance bus then your only stop-off point will be Acapulco. Although "touristy" you will find way fewer foreigners there than either Puerto Escondido or Zihuatenejo and there are accommodations for all budgets. Backtracking to Pie de la Cuesta will add on time.
An alternative is Playa Ventura but that will involve second class bus travel and is not convenient to get to.
Jan 28, 2013 6:50 PM
Jan 29, 2013 3:17 PM
5Marquelia could be a good option. You can see in the map that it's located exactly halfway between Zihuatanejo and Puerto Escondido, although I think you need to catch a bus in Acapulco anyway. While in Zihuatanejo, I recommend staying in Bahia del Potosi, you'd find better located hotels (nearer to the beach) for better prices. I've just been there a couple of weeks ago, and the beach was fantastic. Huge and unspoiled. We even had the chance to see dolphins, whales and enormous sardine shoals right in the beach. On the other hand, the road portion between Zihuatanejo and Acapulco should be taken only during the day. Good Luck
Jan 30, 2013 6:06 AM
6There have been no incidents on the Zihua/Acapulco bus run in several years . Perfectly safe night or day,
Also while I love Barra de Potosi it is rather isolated for backpackers. Lots of decent low cost spots in Zihuatanejo on or near the beach. Hotels,Inns & Hostels. Send me a E-mail & I will give you some leads including a lovely 2 room bungalow with Cable, WiFi, A/C & kitchenette in a very secure location for $16 US a night. But 5 minute stroll to the beach.
PS My wife & I are taking a overnight bus tomorrow Irapuato to Zihuatanejo a 7 1/2 hour trip arriving 8:00 AM.
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