Troncones, a sleepy surf town 40 minutes north of the Zihuatanejo airport, sports an un-crowded intermediate spot called Troncones Point, which can be huge in the summer when it catches the southern swell, but is moderate and consistent later in the fall. Twenty minutes further north is La Saladita, a very long left, perfect for longboards, with a great beach for sitting under a palapa with a cold beer.
WHEN TO GO: Waves taper in size the closer you get to winter. Breaks are more crowded and accommodations harder to come by around U.S. Holidays.
ROUTE: Rent a car at the airport (ZIH) as there’s little in the way of lodging and dining at La Saladita.
SUNDOWNER: Café Sol is a safe bet even for those with less adventuresome intestinal tracts. The wood-oven pizza is top-notch, and the Pacifico in bottles a perfect chaser.
The author’s son Jeb, 14, on a boogie board in Troncones, Mexico. More Photos »
By JEANNIE RALSTON
Published: April 12, 2013
Planning a return trip to my favorite beach in the world, I was almost as apprehensive as I was excited. The last time I visited Troncones — a town of some 600 people pushed up against the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains on the Pacific coast of Mexico — was five years earlier. At the time, we’d been living in San Miguel de Allende, and we occasionally drove down with our two sons and two dogs. My husband — an avowed “non-beach guy” — and I had come to love this village of farmers and fishermen for its rawness, its drowsy authenticity.
Casa Viva leads LA Times story on beach-side weddings. Here is an excerpt from the story by Jennifer Evans Garner.
Crashing waves, ocean spray and a seemingly endless sun-draped horizon … the setting of an oceanside wedding ignites imagination and romance. Be it barefoot in the powder-fine white sands of a tropical island or a few miles from home in SoCal atop a cliff’s edge overlooking the Pacific, taking your vows by the sea is a surefire way to inspire an unforgettable evening under the stars among friends and family.
Jenny McGrath, 33, and Greg Merino, 33, of San Diego love to surf. So when they got married last February, there was no question that it would be on the ocean. “We’re like fish,” she said, describing how they came to choose the charming eco-luxe Casa Viva in Troncones, Mexico, just a few hours south of Los Angeles by plane. “A close friend had been to Zihuatanejo,” said McGrath, “and came back telling us of this little fishing-village-turned-surf-town that made her think of us.” McGrath and Merino flew down and fell in love with the spot immediately. Their beach nuptials among 50 of their closest friends and family included a mariachi band, fireworks and tequila toasts with their toes touching the emerald waters of the warm Pacific.
According to Casa Viva owner David Leventhal, “many couples seeking beach weddings are coming to Mexico.” He added that Zihuatanejo has sunshine about 300 days a year. He suggested that couples getting married by the sea take advantage of the location with activities like surfing, snorkeling and fishing, not to mention local shopping excursions.
"Saludos, no había tenido oportunidad de escribir, pero nuestra estancia con ustedes fue una muy grata experiencia y la disfrutamos muy bién. Un lugar excelente y un servicio superior, super recomendado par un descnaso pleno. Gracias y estamos en contacto para la próxima visita a tu lugar. Un placer."
I just want to thank you for an extraordinary vacation, your place is the best we have ever been and Elvira’s cooking was phenomenal. Everything went out perfect, the casitas are incredible nice and comfortable. The pool area has a great view to the ocean and everything seems to be just in right place, congratulations.
Kids had a great time, they enjoyed every minute from sun rise to moon light walks at night, the full moon couldn’t be more spectacular.
We would like to return with other friends, we’ll check agendas and let you know.