A RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH AT POTOSI
LEE A. WOOD
I have been, on the Pacific coast of North America, to three beaches called 'Long Beach', one in each of the continent's three countries.
The most isolated and most beautiful `Long Beach' is between the towns of Tofino and Uculet in the province of British Columbia. The only place in Canada where the waves are consistent enough for surfing.
The most populous `Long Beach' is on the edge of a city of the same name. Long Beach city is nestled within the beehive metropolis of Los Angeles, in the state of California, U.S.A.
Celine thinks, "Only one more week and I have to be on one of those".
The widest, and longest, `Long Beach', is so long it has four names. It starts just East of Bhaia de Caleta, where the rock turns into sand, makes a broad sweep from the West and then extends South to Barra de Potosi, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa airport.
The small international airport that services Zihuatanejo is separated from the Pacific Ocean by Playa Larga which, at that point, is known as Playa Aeropuerto.
Playa Larga can be a long, lonely stretch of sand.
We started at Playa Potosi and walked to the Playa Aeropuerto, about eight Kilometers. It took us two and a half hours of steady walking through waves as they washed around our feet and over crystal sands as the waves receded. I am told that one gentleman jogs it in one hour.
The bus to Petatlan will drop you at Los Achotes.
There are two ways to get to Potosi. One is to take a bus or taxi to the airport from Zihuatanejo, walk to the back of the airport to Playa Las Pozas and catch the combi. We weren't sure how often the bus ran so we chose the second option, planning to return by the first route.
Behind the people is the street to Potosi. The combi stops just past the store.
The second option is to catch the bus behind the market in Zihuatanejo and go to the little town, on the highway to Acapulco, called Los Achotes. Beside the store, at the corner, on the road to Barra de Potosi, you can catch another bus. Actually it is a small truck with a fenced back, a `stake truck' in trucker's lingo. There are benches around the inside and when they are full there is standing room for short people.
The road to Barra de Potosi.
The cost of the bus from Zihuatanejo to Barra de Potosi is six Pesos. The cost of the combi, or truck, from Los Achotes to Barra de Potosi is seven pesos. You pay for the bus when you get on, or wait for the conductor to collect as you are leaving town. You pay for the truck when you get off.
On the truck we met two ladies from QC. (Quebec City), who were planning to walk along the beach, from Barra de Potosi, to the airport, where they would be met by a friend. This sounded like a great adventure so we asked if we could accompany them.
The Library in Barra De Potosi.
On the internet I had learned that schools in Mexico are always short of school supplies as children have to pay all expenses. I also learned that the easiest way to decide where to donate things like pencils, crayons, etc. was to give them to the librarian at Potosi and she would see that they were distributed throughout the schools in the area.
Laura is the only non-Mexican living in the small fishing village of Potosi. When Laura saw four Caucasians get off the bus and start up the side street towards her, she, rightly, assumed we were coming to see her and waited in the middle of the street.
A wannabe writer gets to meet a librarian.
It was a pleasure to meet and talk with Laura but it was also embarrassing as I hadn't arrived with much to give her. Wanting to travel light with only one back pack, I had not bought much in the way of school supplies. Upon arriving in Zihu. I was unable to find most of what, I thought, I had brought. Returning to Canada I was unable to find the crayons and pencils that I had purchased.
Next to the library.
Next to the library is a beautiful yard of flowers and trees. Behind the trees, Laura, and her husband, have a lovely `Bed and Breakfast'.
Pub in Potosi.
Restaurants lie in the shade of the coconut palms.
Tourists from Le Belle Province (Quebec, Canada).
In Potosi you can have a picture taken with a parrot on your shoulder.
For a price.
On the beach in Ixtapa it could be with an iguana.
On the beach in Zihuatanejo, a crocodile.
Virtually every beach, in Mexico, has vendors.
A short walk, one block West and one block South, the only two blocks on the only two streets in town, took us to the Southern end of Long Beach. There at a restaurant, one of several on the beach, we had lunch, met some more people from PQ (Province of Quebec), and had an enjoyable swim.
Sun, sand, surf, & cerveza, in January.
The waves were steady and not too big and the surf was warm. The ladies had agreed to meet their friend at six o'clock so, allowing ourselves three and a half hours to walk the beach, the end of which we could not see in the distance, we left Potosi at two thirty.
There are few commercial places along the beach and some of them are abandoned. All the residences, of which there are many, are set far back from the water's edge as the tide comes in a long ways and storm waves reach even further.
France and Paul walking Playa Larga from Playa Potosi to Playa Aeropuerto.
We weren't worried about storms as the day was bright and warm with a light breeze. As we walked further along and Potosi began to dwindle in the distance the waves, no longer broken by the headland became larger.
Relaxing by the pool. (Children’s', that is.)
After a long enjoyable walk, we finally reached Cabana Vista Morros on the beach Northwest of the airport. The restaurant was the first one we had encountered during our journey. After a pleasant, relaxing drink in the setting sun, our friends' friend arrived in his car to take us back to Zihuatanejo.
He arrived later than scheduled as there had been some confusion as to whether we were at Playa Larga or Playa Blanca, when in actuality we were at Playa Las Poza. The problem with such a `long beach'.
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