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!