Karen and I have been driving down the west coast of Mexico for the last 4 weeks, and the last week or so, we have been driving along the Michoacan coast (there will be a map in the next post, I promise…). The Michoacan coast is spectacular and offers choices ranging from big tourist towns – Puerta Vallarta – to beaches tucked away in coves.
Some days ago, we stopped at the (beach) surf “town” of Ticla for lunch – cool spot on the beach where 15 or so surfers were hanging out and waiting for the wave to come back. We almost stayed there for a few days, but one guy we were talking to mentioned that Playa Maruata, 35 min or so further south, was even prettier, although not a great surf spot. So, in keeping with our normal approach of not having too much of a plan, we decided to check it out. We’re glad we did.
Along the main beach in Maruata there half a dozen or so palapas, some of which offer food and beer as well. A palapa is a thatched roof structure which may form a restaurant, or a sitting area, or a camping area. For a small fee, you can pitch your tent under the palapa, or in our case, back the Casa up to it. This palapa did nor provide a restaurant, the one next door did, but did offer toilets (you provide the flushing via pouring water from a bucket, the red brick structure on the left in the photo below), and fresh water showers (cold water only, but the water is pretty warm. The black water tank on the left provides the shower water; the water pressure in less than ideal…)
Compared to the structured RV parks we have been staying at, Maruata has no amenities: no sewer or electricity – there is a hose where you can fill up your water tank – and no place for the gargantuan 40 ft RVs to park . But, it doesn’t get any prettier or any more tranquillo.
We met a Canadian couple, also in a truck camper, who have been coming to Maruata for the past six years to spend some quality time fishing, reading, napping in the hammocks etc. I can understand why. To get this million dollar view, we paid US $6.50 / night; if you stay for a month, the price goes down significantly…
We stayed for a couple of nights, and then continued south on the coast. Gorgeous two lane road, curvy but paved, and spectacular beaches, it seemed, around every corner.
We could easily spend 4 months just exploring this coast – a new beach every few days. Maybe we will in the future…