Friday, October 12, 2007

Still More of What`s to Do and See for English Language Teachers in Acapulco

Still More
Several day and weekend trips are possible from “fun city” Acapulco, should you need some extra diversion after a hard week of teaching English as a foreign language. The town and beaches of “Pie De La Cuesta” are among the foremost for those who genuinely need to relax and escape the hustle and bustle Acapulco’s heavy tourist traffic generates. You can swim, sail or languish on an empty, sugar-colored beach, scuba dive, water ski and even go fishing in salt or fresh water – minus the crowds and stratospheric prices. And all this mind you, for the price of a large bag of potato chips back home.


Then let’s go.

Photo: beach scene in Pie de la Cuesta

On La Costera

On La Costera across the street from Sanborn’s Department store, take a green bus with a white stripe along its side. It’ll be marked “Pie de La Cuesta – Playas”. Hop on, pay your 5 pesos (about 50 cents) and you’re on your way. After winding through the heart of residential Acapulco as it ascends into the hills you’ll pass over their crests and along a ridge with spectacular cliffside views of the Pacific. The forty minute bus ride nears its end when you enter the seaside resort of Pie de La Cuesta where you’ll pass under an arch to enter the town. There’s only one street running down the narrow peninsula stretching a couple of miles along the Pacific side with Laguna de Coyuca on the other side.

Pie de la Cuesta
The clean, uncrowded beaches of Pie de La Cuesta are devoid of swimmers for large segments of the year, and with good reason. Every year, a few people drown here when the ferocious rip tides, undertow or unusual wave formations catch them unawares. Be careful and ask at one of the beachfront hotels if you’re not sure whether it’s safe to swim here at the time you’re visiting. There are times of the year when the waters can be amenable. The Laguna de Coyuca is a much safer, better bet. Hotels, resorts and tempting little seafood restaurants dot the sides of the road on either side until you reach the Mexican Military Base where the bus will turn down a road to the right. You can get off here and take a leisurely walk back to sample any number of places along this stretch of road.

Laguna de Coyuca
Several small clubs likewise dot the shores of the lake. At any of these you can find facilities to fish, swim, water-ski, jet-ski, canoe or take a casual boat trip around the lake’s environs. Prices are typically more reasonable than in Acapulco. The scene here is tranquil, so don’t expect wild happenings after dark. This is a place to just relax to after a week of EFL classes. If you’re staying overnight, hotels are fairly abundant (there are more than a dozen) and inexpensive. Just walk along and take your pick. To return to the thrills of Acapulco, take any bus marked “La Costera” for the same 5 pesos. Round trip transportation cost for a day trip: about 80 cents!
You’re going to just LOVE living and teaching English as a foreign language in sunny ACAPULCO!

See you there?

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