Cuyutlan, Colima Road Trip, October 2012, part one

This past weekend, my friend Jonnie and I took a road trip/vacation to the beach at Cuyutlan, Colima, Mexico.  We had stumbled across a great deal for the renting of a little casita right on the beach.  The Pacific ocean, it was promised, would be right outside our gate.

The price was definitely right; 550 pesos a night.  At the current exchange rate, that was about $42US a night.  Divided by two, that meant that I was paying only $21US or $22US  for the night in a private home….a fee I could actually afford!

I know that many of you are saying to yourself “Why in the world does this woman need a vacation from her permanent vacation???” and you would be right to ask that.  See, it wasn’t actually ME who needed the vacation.  It was my friend Jonnie.  She’s been working way too hard and needed a break.  And I needed a road trip because I get itchy feet staying in one place too long.

So we combined our needs/wants and when Steve (the owner of the casita in Cuyutlan) posted his offer on one of our local webboards, I jumped on it!  I’m a great believer in signs.  Not so much the “do not” signs, but the omen/signs.  And Steve’s posting was a huge sign to me.  It practically screamed “barb, barb, barb”!

The price was right, the location was right, and the travel time (three hours from Jocotepec) was right, so off to Cuyutlan we went this past Saturday (20 October).  Steve had sent me excellent directions and after leaving my house in Jocotepec,a little less than three hours later we rolled up in front of the office of the realtor who handles Steve’s property.

It’s not too hard to find your way around Cuyutlan,  The population is about 800 so it’s not a huge city.  Here’s what the main street looks like:

Very, very clean and kept that way by ladies like the one in the middle who sweep the streets all day as needed.

Juan, one of the property management partners, was at the real estate office and handed over the keys to the place we had rented after we paid him the remainder of the rent due. Then he hopped in his vehicle, Jonnie and I hopped in mine, and off we went.

The place we had rented was maybe a mile and a half out of town, in an area replete with vacation homes.  After we turned off the highway, we went up a hill and finally saw, first-hand, the Pacific.

Jonnie and I were already kind of melting in the heat and humidity, but we were both thrilled to know that we really were going to stay right on the beach!

About Barbara

in april of 2008, i moved from the united states to mexico. during my working days, i held lots and lots of jobs....almost all chosen because they were fun or interesting instead of how much they paid. when i started thinking about retirement (in my 40s), i realized that i would never be able to retire to a country where english was the native language. and although i had traveled to every state in the US -- and lived in lots of them -- i had never been outside the country with the exception of canada and mexico. and since you now know that i could never afford to retire in canada (even to the french-speaking area), mexico won by default.
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6 Responses to Cuyutlan, Colima Road Trip, October 2012, part one

  1. Sandy Gottmer says:

    Barb, I can’ t wait to hear about the rest of the trip! Slather on that sunscreen! LOL 🙂

  2. Kathi says:

    More please.

  3. Kathi says:

    You are such a tease!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Cool! Always wondered what it was like in Cuyutlan.

  5. gped2 says:

    Absolutely lovely village and ocean view.

  6. I most definitely want to stay there. The humidity will kill Rod but he always gets used to it! Love your story telling I I love that village!

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