Editor’s Note: Road trip to Tuito and Tehuamixle

When you live in paradise, sometimes it’s nice to get away to another paradise. That is one of the great things about living in Mexico – a couple of hours in just about any direction, and you’re bound to be in another beautiful place.

Last weekend using the excuse of multiple friends birthdays a group of us headed south to the charming pueblo of El Tuito where we ate chimichangas and cupcakes and laughed the night away. Tuito (as those of us who are too lazy to add the El call it) is about 20 km off the beach up about 2000 feet, so it’s cooler and less humid. In fact, I wore black jeans and never regretted that decision.

Currently, the drive to Tuito is almost perfect. All the potholes are smoothed over, and the vegetation along the journey is flourishing under the rains. There are dozens of wildflowers fighting for space along the road’s edge. Thousands of butterflies competing for the sweet blooms. It’s like driving through a honeyed pastoral watercolour.

In the evening we retired to the La Joya de Tuito Bed and Breakfast (lajoyadetuitobedandbreakfast.com) located a few km outside of the town in a large open field. Perfect hospitality, super comfortable beds, Great coffee and a beautiful garden complete with a swimming pool and lounge chairs. If you’re in the mood for serenity and slightly cooler temperatures This is the place for you.

The next day we headed southwest to the beaches of Mayto, Villa Del Mar and Tehuamixtle where we stopped at a couple of our favourite places including the funky El Rinconcito hotel in Mayto (this week’s cover photo) and a quick stop at El Cielito to check out the newly completed renovations. Lunch at Las Galletas in Tehuamixtle was a soliloquy to fresh seafood plucked from the ocean. While the waves were a bit much for some, a few brave souls splashed around in the aqua waters. The colour was fantastic – very intense with almost perfect visibility to the sandy bottom. When people say the Pacific coast isn’t as pretty as Cancun-Riviera Maya, I just think they haven’t bothered to travel very far. The drive from Tuito to Tehuamixle is about 90% in good to excellent shape with a few patches of washed out road but nothing a car with decent tires can’t handle. Hell, one of the vehicles on the trip was a little Fit, and they traversed the roads just fine. (Except when I got them lost in a cow field, but that’s another story.)

It was an excellent road trip with a cast who couldn’t be more fun, and it’s whetted my appetite for more. This month I’m planning a trip or two north to the beaches of Nayarit. Stay tuned.

This week is the Pink Wave Cocktail event in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join Pamela Thompson (Friday, October 5, 6-9pm) at the San Javier Hospital in Marina for an evening cocktail event with fabulous prizes, dozens of pink treats and lots of friendly faces. See you there!

Safe travels,

Madeline