Well, I'm almost finished with our Mexico vacation recaps. I hate to see them end, just about as much as I hated for the actual trip to end. Guess this means back to reality and back to snow, ice and a bitter cold Winter. We're supposed to get 15 inches of snow in the next couple days. FIFTEEN INCHES!! Oh, to be back in Mexico.
So, on our next to last day in PV, we decided to hit another beach - Mismaloya, just south of town. We braved the Mexican public transportation system and hopped on a bus to get there. It was quite an adventure, since none of us really spoke Spanish, nor had a clue what we were doing or where exactly we were going. Thank goodness for the tiny old man in the back of the bus that told us where our stop was. Otherwise, we might still be on that damn bus.
Mismaloya is most famous as the site where the 1963 film The Night of the Iguana was filmed. The set and crew quarters rise up the hill on the south side of the Mismaloya cove. Sadly, the set is only ruins now, and the once-famous John Huston Cafe is an empty shell on top of the hill. On the other side of Highway 200 from Playa Mismaloya is El Eden, a jungle setting where parts of the movie Predator were filmed.
The beach at Playa Mismaloya is located in a lovely cove, with a full view of Los Arcos sea rocks and is a great place to snorkel and scuba dive. There are boats which tourists can hire, and the beach is home to several restaurants and trinket peddlers, as well as to two large hotels.
Kirsten made a friend. We named him Pablo. And he LOVED her. We were all a little worried that this smelly beast might decided he liked us too much and follow us home. As far as I know, he stayed behind.
We also noticed that Pepe's caters. If he'd be willing to make it to Vegas, Kirsten may be in the process of working something out with Pepe to cater her wedding! It'd be worth it!
(The streets were very clean after the flood that afternoon!)
As we walked along the beach, we found this guy, stacking rocks. 4-5 rocks high! It was unbelievable. I think we stood there and watched him for at least a half hour in complete awe.
How does he do that?
The whole Malecon was bustling with energy. Even the dogs were entertained.
Vendors were selling everything from toys to clothes to paintings.
And then we found the FOOD. Oh my goodness, I couldn't get over it. I was kicking myself for eating so much at Pepe's, because I wanted to try one of everything here. I'm pretty sure the vendor ladies were calling me a silly gringa (or probably something worse) for taking all these pictures of their food without buying something, but I couldn't help it. Look at all of this!
Some kind of franks and chips.
The water and beach looked like lava.
The sun was so big.