FInding a beach town for Archie’s hospice summer

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.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alyson March 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Why didn’t you like that first place Renee, it looks lovely? What didn’t make it into your photographs?


2 Renee March 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Haha, I forgot to photograph what we didn’t like. Beach pix always look great, don’t they? This beach is lovely, though the surf is bigger than we want. But the town was pretty shabby and there were a lot of NOB tourists given how small the place is. I’m sure Melaque is fine for two weeks of margaritas and sun damage, but none of the three of us liked it. As I wrote in the post, it’s hard coming from the interior where things are a bit more cultured. We’ve got a few other places on our short-list though. Farther south on the Pacific side. We love the clear Caribbean water (who doesn’t), but the Yucatan peninsula is pretty expensive, so we’ve scratched that off our list entirely.


3 Clelie Rich March 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Love the pix of dragging A from the beach. You’ll find something soon.


4 Renee March 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Absolutely, Clélie. Lots to choose from. Actually I was happy to eliminate Melaque, as that gets us closer to what we DO want.


5 Alex March 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

No Yucatan? Well poo. You’ll find the perfect spot.


6 Renee March 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Alex, it’s looking that way. 🙁 We are tempted, but the prices seem high and we’re nervous about ratcheting up our expenses too much. I’d love that water though!


7 cc ryder March 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Renee – What is a NOB tourist?


8 Renee March 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

NOB = North of the Border, i.e. anyone from the US or Canada.


9 natasha March 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

lol the photos of Archie NONONO too cute — I am so proud of your little family dedicating this leg of your adventures especially for “anything” fetching Archie. Bless his little soul <3


10 Renee March 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Thanks, Natasha. He’s been our loyal and loving family member for 5 years. We owe it to him.


11 March 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

How far are you willing to go? Puerto Escondido is a beautiful beach town and doesn’t have “tourists” tourists. Lots of different beaches and affordable accommodation.



12 Renee March 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Hi, Ruth! So glad you weighed in. Actually we are looking at that area, as well as la Crucecita to the south. I know PE is a big surf destination. Are there beaches with calmer water as well? We’re looking for water without surf breaks.



13 Patti March 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Shrimp burgers – that’s not something I read every day. If only I weren’t allergic to shellfish, I’d be all over those! Keep looking, you’ll find the right spot. Archie will tell you!


14 Renee March 31, 2014 at 10:22 am

Patti, they were great! I think we’re making traction on the selection. Fingers crossed, should know later today.


15 Cat March 31, 2014 at 9:37 am

I don’t know if you follow Calypso’s blog “Viva Veracruz & Viva Puerto Escondido” but he and his wife live in Puerto Escondido part of the year and are there now. I am sure he would be happy to tell you if there are beaches with calmer water or answer any other questions you might have. Here is the website:

Good luck with your search.


16 Renee March 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

THank you, Cat! I really need a contact down there. I’ll get in touch. 🙂


17 Eileen April 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

Love this, haven’t come across a pet-friendly travel blog in a while! Love the personality he conveys too – so cute. Especially those leash photos, haha!


18 Shauna April 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

Good luck on your hunt – though the towns weren’t perfect, it seems you still had fun exploring a bit!


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