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General News · 5th February 2013
Richard & Carol Trueman
It’s a small fishing village south of Puerto Vallarta; a four hour first class bus ride to Melaque, then a 20 minute taxi ride to La Manzanilla. After overnighting in Melaque, we did the final taxi ride to our new digs just a block and a half in from the beach. The first pictures in the slide show below show you our place for the next month.

Smaller than Sayulita and with a gentler wave action, it has a long beach that many walk for and hour or so before the morning sun comes over the hill to the east. The first day I had a swim, I snorkeled among a thousand fish of about 6 inches long. The water is as warm as the Caribbean. Shops are good for veggies and basics, although the town does not have a bank machine and you have bus into Melaque for your cash supply.

Included is a picture of fellow Cortesians, Norm and Denise, Doug and Naomi. We expect to see a few more familiar faces before the month is out.

Beside the beach in a Mangrove swamp at the north end of the town is a Crocodile refuge. Pictured above is a big mother who has the same sunny spot that lays by the walkway. She is about 15 ft long. (Sorry about the shadow across her body, she would not move to my coaxing.)

Right after the crocodile place are a long string of coconut palm campgrounds where many friends from Cortes and the west coast have stayed. Pictured below is the campsite of Bob and Jackie from the ‪Nuchatlitz‬. Campsites offer a simple outlet for sharing electricity a wash up center and a shared outhouse. I know Stefano, Leslie and family stayed two months in one of these spots last year.

Slide show to 24 pictures below...