Casa de Las Piedras, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
My daughter, her boyfriend and I have been staying, since Monday, at La Casa de Las Piedras. It is, in the current jargon, an "eco-lodge". What it is is a rustic, charming, throwback to the Zihuatanejo of the 1970's. That is not an accident, the owner, Grace Relfe has owned this property since 1975. It is where she raised her children and where now she takes in vacation renters. It is a very pleasant and relaxing place with kitchen facilities and three units of different sizes scattered up a jungle hillside. It is a bit like living outdoors. The palapas are wide open, no ac (thank god), ceiling fans and breezes. Have to sleep under mosquito netting but you still get bitten.... its the jungle. The temperature of the ocean at the beach is perfection. This weekend, Semana Santa, is culminated tomorrow with Pasqua (Easter Sunday). There are a huge number of people here, vacationers from many parts of Mexico, and damn few gringos... maybe they cluster together at the air-conditioned, marble floored, soundproofed deluxe resort rooms and suites. This experience is worth a few mosquito bites and other minor inconveniences. This is like what it was like to live here 40 years ago with the convenience of global connectivity (if you want it) via the internet... or just lie back and turn it all off.
The music drifting up from the beach and the sounds of laughter and squeals of delight in the warm surf blend together on the breeze. The beach is jammed with thousands of people, hundreds of families. quarts of sunscreen, truckloads of beer, little ones wandering with a dazed looking for "mama" face and big tears. Colorful paragliders float aloft while various watercraft scoot around avoiding each other and the boat pulling the paraglider. It is a bit chaotic but it all seems to work out.