Monday morning in Cuyutlan dawned bright, hot, and steamy. By 8:30am, Jonnie and I were already perspiring (you’ll remember that no human ever sweats, according to my southern grandmother).
Since Jonnie hadn’t had enough food at dinner the night before and I was kinda craving some breakfast, we set off immediately to downtown Cuyutlan in search of a restaurant that could provide us with what we wanted.
Cuyutlan is loaded with hotels.
Because Jonnie and I had pretty much been the only tourists in town (gringo or otherwise), we were astonished at not only all the accommodations, but at the size of the dining room in the Hotel Morelos where we decided to eat.
We asked our waiter about it and he said that during the holidays (by which I think he meant the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Christmas, and Easter), the hotel was at least 50% full. And later we were told by one of the property managers of the casita that we had rented that the population of Cuyutlan swells from 800 people to 10,000 people during Semana Santa (Easter week).
Nonetheless, I was shocked that all the hotels had such a short window of opportunity to make money. I worked in the U.S. National Parks for a long time, for the company that managed the hotels therein, and I know that a hotel cannot get by with only 50% occupancy in the high season.
But, given that it was a beautiful day and breakfast was on the horizon, as was the turtle sanctuary, I let this thought go by.
For the time being, I was amazed at what kind of deals you can get at the hotels in Cuyutlan these days. For instance, the Hotel Morelos where we had breakfast, was offering this special deal:
If I read this right, the cost for a room with hot water, a fan, three meals a day and use of the pool, is 370 pesos (about $28US a night). And, hey, you get free internet! Now that’s a vacation that most of you folks can afford! And the hotel is literally only steps from the malecon and the Pacific.
Nonetheless, Jonnie and I were happy with our own casita rental. We were paying 550 pesos a night, which, divided by two, meant 275 pesos each a night (about $21US a night). And we had our own private pool and even fewer steps to the Pacific! Either place is great on the pocketbook!