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Hi guys Im doing research going from Manzanillo to Playa Azul Im in a small rig and would like any more information on where to stay, any services offered, and security going down. Any advice is welcome Thanks

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  • Not advisable if you have an expensive looking flashy anything in tow. A motorhome would be OK. There are places to stay enroute
  • Maruata has an RV parking area, with no problems reported about halfway down 4.5 hours
  • Take the TECOMAN exit off the freeway you'll be on a wide boulevard. A couple of miles later you'll see a huge monument traffic circle with a sign CERRO de ORTEGA left turn
  • You will turn left on the other side of the traffic circle
  • Follow this boulevard and then a cyclone fence for the state fairgrounds will appear on your right
  • At the end of the fence there is a street to the right. Take it. This is a very low traffic area
  • Follow the street for about two miles, straight, with potholes
  • Then you will come upon another impossible to miss traffic circle. You will be making a left here
  • Immediately after the left you will be on Mex 200 again
  • You need to make up your mind quick about getting fuel as the last gasolinera for 150 miles will be on your right side
  • South of Cerro, the highway starts a serpentine path along the coastline. Winding up to headlands then descending down to short bridges
  • All the small villages have giant green highway signs now. No guesswork
  • When you encounter houses along this rural stretch beware of speed bumps -- they are usually in tree shadows
  • Two polite puestos de controles, operated by marinas
  • There is now a libramiento a bypass around my turf, Las Penas
  • Wave as you go by
  • Mex 200 comes to a "T" intersection in Acalpican, a wide spot. Here you will make a right and in a few short miles you will arrive in Playa Azu Sunday morning there is an excellent outdoor market in nearby LA MIRA. When you get to Playa ask about it


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It's an absolutely beautiful drive, we call it the Big Sur coast of Mexico.
The bypass around Tecoman is a gift-his directions got us onto it when it opened, and we were so grateful! There are/were great sculptures in the center of both traffic circles.
The comment about a flashy tow, is unfortunately true. Although I haven't heard about anything actually happening on this route for 3 years, we still aren't taking it, sigh.
We LOVE Parador Ecoturistico Zapote de Tizupan beach. Absolutely beautiful, actual hookups, and a wonderful beach. I just looked it up and like you said, it's also called Maruata.
Do take at least 2 days for the drive, if you don't stop to play. If you do, take a long time!

* This post was edited 12/10/17 03:13pm by Talleyho69 *

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We did it on a motorcycle a few years ago - an amazingly beautiful road. Not much for gas stations and folks were selling gas roadside in towns.





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  • The open air Sunday market in La Mira is called tianguis (tee-ann-geeze)it's best to get there around nine AM
  • Lazaro Cardenas has a Wal-Mart and Sams Club
  • Bodega Aurrera, Soriana and a downtown mercado municipal every day
  • Lazaro (deep downtown) streets are way too narrow for rigs
  • Between Playa and Lazaro there is a paved concrete multi-lane highway along the coast an alternate to Mex 200
  • Good for a sightseeing side trip. Drive across first bridge then park
  • Look toward ocean
  • Crocodiles! My granddaughters love it!
  • Lazaro is an industrial city with few attractions -- but great shopping
  • To orient you. When you first arrived you got to the "T" intersection at Acalpican and made a right turn for Playa Azul. Tun left at this intersection and La Mira (la-MEER-ah) is 4 Km the other side of a small hill
  • Beware of waves in Playa
  • Back up Mexico 200 toward Manzanillo is LAS PENAS. Rock spires (sea stacks) sticking out of the ocean
  • The rocks provide a break and swimming is possible but watch younger folks
  • Enramada BETY is the last one on the beach
  • Come say hello
  • Brenda is a fabulous chef
  • Swimming hole (no crocs [emoticon] )continue past LAS PENAS for 16 Km to RIO CHUTA a long curving bridge crosses it. Entrance is on ocean side nearest La Mira. When you get to bottom turn right and follow dirt road for about a mile. Safe during the day but it's not a place for anything larger than a camper rig
  • Small parrots in the trees here. Bring bug juice
  • Speaking of which, try and get organic PENNYROYAL OIL in the USA as a bug repellent. Works better than 100% DEET
  • On area beaches no-see-ums are not flesh-eaters but Pennyroyal oil from the knees down prevents nuisance tickling.


* This post was edited 12/11/17 11:00am by MEXICOWANDERER *

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More than one person has had their vehicle hijacked on that stretch of Hwy, I would not travel it unless in a group. Cartels very active along that coastline.

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It's been several years since a legit hijack has been reported.

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100x more robberies have occured since Canadian Rainbirds had their Jeep stolen. Where? Mex 1-D the transpeninsula hwy between Rosarito and the border. There was a robbery early this morning. The natives at the X villages strung up a whole group of ratones a couple of years ago. When the rurales cleared house when Dr Mirales was active more than a hundred scumbags were removed from the face of the earth and several hundred more fled. The rurales went from house to house. The marines now rule this highway.

Regardless do not troll too shiny a lure and never travel at night. This is true anywhere down here.

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I know this is a touchy subject and very soon people who have never been to Mexico start posting. Then the saviors of Mexico post how some burg in Canada or the USA has a higher crime rate. BUT the periodicals have been reporting that petty crime is on the up rise. By petty I mean crimes where no one is injured. Robberies are out of sight. Car thefts as well. BUT I have not heard of any car jackings . These so called petty crimes are not cartel related. Part of this problem is just the time of year. Thievery goes way up at Christmas time. Even in Tucson they have problems this time of year. In addition to car patrols some of the malls have security guards on the roof with binoculars!

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