After everyone recovered from Scout’s Dr. Who party, we tore ourselves away from our friends at Hotel Perico and headed for the coast so we could check out a few beach towns. We need to move by the end of April, so Archie has time to enjoy the beach while he’s healthy. That’s one month away and we haven’t even picked our new town yet.

Finding a beach town in Mexico isn’t as easy as it sounds. In our experience, the interior of the country has more Mexican culture and is cheaper. Everything by the shore seems either depressed or overly touristy and expensive. We still want to speak Spanish and eat street food, you know?

We’ve ruled out Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias, and Sayulita…they’re not our cups of tea. But we hadn’t been to Melaque, so we decided it was worth our time to check that out since we were only four hours away from the coast.



Heading to Melaque…

As we approached the coast, palm trees and vines began to replace the scrubby grasses and burnt earth. I’m not a fan of dry, brown places, so my heart sings when we head into more tropical terrain.

When we finally reached Melaque, we drove around for a bit (it’s not big), and quickly realized we could scratch this place off our list. The beach was nice enough but the town was depressing. We did find ourselves a nice lunch spot though. Archie picked it.



Archie went wild the moment his paws hit the sand. He always loves the beach, so his reaction was no surprise, but it confirmed that we are right to skip the chemo and let our dog live out his life in joy and happiness.



That’s a knob of burnt firewood in Archie’s mouth. He’ll fetch anything.

I wish we could have stayed longer. Archie and Scout played until the shrimp burgers arrived, and then they squeezed in a little more splashing afterward. But that’s all we had time for, since we needed to get to another beach that afternoon. I wish we could have taken more time, but we’d already been away for a week and needed to get back to Morelia to work. Lots of ebook projects piling up!

When we finally had to go, Archie didn’t want to leave.


Archie in Melaque, Mexico

“No, no, no, no, no, no…”

So that was it for Melaque. That afternoon we looked at two other towns…Barra de Navidad and Manzanillo…but those weren’t right either.

Eventually we ended up in Cuyutlán, a tiny spot whose beach has, according to trip advisor, “black volcanic sand.” Mainly it just looked like grey and dingy though. We found a hotel being renovated, which meant they were amenable to letting Archie stay. (Most hotels in Mexico don’t take dogs…I really miss having a camper.) All we had to do was overlook the doors with no locks! But we did and were fine. We had a beach view and a whole upper patio to ourselves, so that was really lovely. Cuyutlán isn’t right for us either, but again, we’re very glad to have scratched some of these places off our list.


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