Bob in Iowa
Oct 24, 2002, 5:24 PM
Post #6 of 13
Our favorites are listed below. I realize that you can't get to the top of th eVolcanho by bus, or to Playa de Oro, but thought you might be interested for future reference.
Re: [sparks] Just in time for my trip
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*Comala. A picturesque and fun town. There are several bars in town that have afternoon botanas, which means they haul out tons of free food with drinks. There are several on the square, but my new favorite is across the creek towards Colima/Villa de Alvarez. If there is a band there named the Fugitivos, you are really in luck Easily accessible by bus from Colima.
*Road to La Maria. Continue on by bus through Comala towards San Antonio. Great views of the volcano. At San Antonio, you can take the side road to La Maria, a lovely lake and picnic area – costs a few pesos to get in, but worth it. Best visited on weekdays when there are few people. They also have basic rooms/cabins.
*Playa Paraiso. Popular but Gringo-free local beach. Dark sand, but great waves, and a handful of little restaurants. Cuyutlan is a few miles on towards Manzanillo – a little more developed than Paraiso. If you’re into sea salt, get it here – 4 big bags for a buck.
*The most beautiful beach in Colima is Playa do Oro, but it is deserted, so you can’t get there by bus. If you have another means of transportation, it is east/south of the Manzanillo Airport, between Manzanillo and Barra.
*The volcano, Fuego is not easily accessed, but its twin is. The best access is from Cd. Guzman (again requiring personal transportation), which you will go through if coming from Guad. There is an excellent road up - as you round a dizzying turn near the top, you come face to face with the smoldering Fuego about 4 K away (at least on clear days). I can get you very specific directions if you want them.
*I asked my daughter about her pick – she recommended bar/nightclub overlooking the main square (the one with the gov’t buildings and the Hotel Cebellos (sp?)).
Have a great trip.