The welcoming committee
The welcoming committee

The Senor had purchased at sail fest a dinner for two with bottle wine and desert at LA Chula Vida.  Of course we had never heard of the place, but soon discovered it was on Playa Blanca, which we weren’t entirely sure where it was or how we would get there.  A little research paid off and we received several suggestions on how to get there.  The plan was to do a bus to the airport , and if the pick up with benches showed up we would take it, if not we would take a cab. Sounded simple enough.  Next we located where to catch the bus to the airport. convinced our friends Will and Sylvia we really knew what we were doing, and planned to leave about 4 as I wanted to be there for the sunset, and really didn’t know how long it would take to make all the connections.  Only waited about 5 minutes for the “colectivo” to the airport.which  is a van with benches along all sides and hand rails on the inside roof so an unlimited amount of people can be packed in. For 10 peso each we rode to the airport stop, not seeing a cab insight we sort of wondered … what next? There were two Mexican fellows sitting in the shade across the road so I got elected to ask them how to get to Chula Vida .  I was told in 5 min a collective would come. And sure enough it did but of the “pasajara” type, a covered pick up truck with benches. So for another 10

pesos we were on our way, this ride is truly air-conditioned as we were traveling quite fast as the road was empty except for one or two cars.

Chula Vida beach bar palapa
Chula Vida beach bar palapa

The ride was quite comfortable until we hit the dirt road and then it was very bumpy.  Along the way we saw some beautiful villas, stunning views of the ocean a restaurant or two and one condominium complex.  As we arrived at our destination we were greeted by a beautiful saddled burro which we learned later was the  “town mayor’s” transportation.

La Chula Vida has a tiled dining patio, both floor and roof and a beach bar palapa with table made from huge tree stumps.  Our hostess Lisette welcomed us and visited with us a bit and we learned that she hails from Woodland WA which is quite near us. We sat watching the sun go

The sun  setting over Playa Blanca
The sun setting over Playa Blanca

down, cooled by very cold drinks and a lovely breeze from the ocean. One of the most peaceful relaxing places I have ever been.  We opted to eat our dinner on the patio as after dark the breeze was getting a little  too cool. The Senor and I had grilled”sierra” fish which was thick and moist, our friends had grilled shrimp which they proclaimed excellent. All served with a plate of grilled vegetables and followed up with a dish of almond ice cream. The setting was beautiful, the meal excellent, the company enjoyable, just can’t ask for more than that, definitely the sweet life, Chula Vida.

Tree stump tables
Tree stump tables

We had anticipated taking a taxi back to town, but Lisette said her husband Jorge needed to drive employee’s back to Zihuatanejo and if we didn’t mind waiting until dishes were washed he would bring us all home.   How is that for hospitality!  Of course we accepted.  I rode in the cab with Jorge who had an oldies radio station on playing  “All Shook Up” and “Good Golly “Miss Molly” sung in Spanish..  What a fun evening! Signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like , but I plan on doing more. After working full time at Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 22 I have decided to retire completely and forever. Prior to that I was semi retired as a Wedding Officiant I officiated at about 20 weddings a season, and with my small delivery service I handled the distribution of a local high-quality Home and Garden magazine . Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. I now plan to travel to new places and exciting places, getting ready to do that as a solo as the Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that. For hobbies I'm a reader and love my kindle. And I enjoy writing.


  1. Just discovered your blog, so enjoyed reading about your days and adventures in beautiful Zihuatanejo . Thank You for sharing


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