|BOCA BEACH SUNSET|
LA MANZANILLA HAS BEEN DISCOVERED!We arrived in La Manzanilla expecting to stay for 3 days. Then we paid for another 3 days. After a week, we still weren’t ready to leave this little piece of paradise! At this point in our trip around the coastal route of Mexico, this was our favorite town. We could easily live here for the rest of the winter. We finally decided after 11 days here that we should head south or we were not going to make it around the mainland coastal route of Mexico in the 180 days we had on our Tourist Permits and Temporary Vehicle Import Permit on our PT Cruiser.
La Manzanilla is a small village of about 2000 inhabitants on the beautiful Tenacatita Bay. This was the first time we had ever visited La Manzanilla or Boca Beach and we were amazed at how peaceful it
|Camping at Boca Beach RV Park|
My memory of the reason was that the early editions of the Mexican Camping book by Church and Church warned about the crocodiles that live in the estuary at Boca Beach RV Park, the largest campground in the area. That would have been enough for me to tell Jon to “keep driving! There will be another campground in Melaque!” I may be mistaken about my memory of the Churches' warning about crocodiles at Boca Beach, and I can’t check my resources because we had given away all of our Mexican Camping books on this trip. We had met several Americans who were motorhoming in Mexico for the first time and needed the Mexican Camping "bible" (as I call it), more than we did.
Regardless, there are still stories circulating the area about Pancho, the large “croc” who lives in
the estuary and is sometimes seen venturing out into the
ocean for a swim. The only crocodiles that we saw in La Manzanilla were in the
nature sanctuary in town, but we still kept Bella on a leash near the estuary
and never let her swim in that small body of water. We saw young Mexican
children playing in the estuary and wondered if they knew the stories of
|Crocodile at the Nature Sanctuary|
We are very glad that we disregarded or forgot about the warnings of crocodiles in the area and decided to camp at Boca Beach. It was one of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches that we have camped on in all of Mexico.
We often walked the 3 mile stretch of flat, firm sand from Boca Beach RV Park to La Manzanilla for dinner. The walk took us a little over an hour, mostly because we had to wait for Bella (and sometimes Jon, too) while she sniffed and snorted with her nose buried in crab holes in the sand along the way. Then she would decide she had to dig
an especially good smelling crab hole every few
minutes, further delaying our trek into town. It was all part of the fun!
|Jon Helps Bella Dig in Crab Holes|
We look forward to returning to La Manzanilla and Boca Beach next winter!
|Do We Have to Leave for Dinner NOW?|
|Bocce Ball on the Beach|
|Great Tennis Court Near the Beach|
|Activos! My Kind of Fitness Center!|
|Zumba with June at Activos! Fitness Center|
|Usually Bella Wasn't Sassy in Restaurants|
|La Manzanilla Sunsets Draw A "Crowd"|
|The Book Will Be Available on Amazon.com in 2014|
Read more about Zumba with June at Activos! Fitness Center in the article dated 2/11/14 at www.ZumbaMexico.blogspot.com .
Look for my book "Healthy Living and Traveling in Mexico" on Amazon.com later in 2014.
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