Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Salt Museum of Cuyutlán

Even though I've been to Cuyutlan 5 or 6 times, I've never run into the museum. I've only found the old salt sheds that are along the railroad tracks north of the station. If I'd read this article by Don Adams I would have had a better idea where to look. El Muséo de Sal by Don Adams

Cuyutlan is about 20 kilometers south of Manzanillo and probably best to either rent a car or go on a tour that may combine with a visit to the turtle sanctuary south of town. You can access Cuyutlan from either the toll highway (right at the toll booth) or from highway 200 that runs through the country aways from the coast. There are buses but it would be a slow trip.

Excerpt from Dons article

On the plaza, face the school building and walk toward it. When you reach the street, turn right, heading toward the railroad station, and walk to the end of the next block. The museum is on the corner to your left.

The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day. Admission is by donation. Be as generous as you’re able. Clean restrooms are at the back of the main room.

Pride in Cuyutlán’s contribution to the history of Mexico is evident in the simple displays housed in this well-maintained recently re-modeled museum. It serves as a tribute to both the 16th Century salt harvesters and the modern salt producers, the salineros, who work from March to June in the salt flats of the 35 kilometer Laguna de Cuyutlán, the Cuyután Lagoon.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Playa Santiago's older Hotels

Playa Santiago was one of the first beaches developed north of downtown Manzanillo and Playa Las Brisas. The north side of the peninsula is the most protected on Santiago Bay and thats where many hotels were built in the 40's and 50's. Construction on the peninsula didn't start until much later. With the exception of Playa Audiencia - there are no beaches on the peninsula. You will definately find bargains along this beach if you don't mind simple and plain.

Perry Christenson from the Seattle area sent me the bottom family picture of the Hotel Anita in 1954.

The protected beach of Playa Santiago

Hotel Playa Santiago

Hotel Marlyn

Hotel Anita

Playa Santiago looking at Santiago

Santiago Beach and Hotel Anita - 1954

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Manzanillo - The Port and the Waterfront

We went down to Manzanillo yesterday to re-new my FM3 at immigration which is located at the Port Offices. A few of these fotos are taken from there with the public beach nearby. The re-newal process took so little time we decided to head downtown, look around and find Bar Social. Bar Social is left over from the 1940's and has not changed much since then. A very simple place that the locals hang out at for Beer and Botanas in the afternoon. The botanas don't start being served until 1:30 and we got there at noon so just had a beer. We'll check it out later another day.

Cruise ship in port from downtown pier

Tug going out to get another ship

Downtown from the Port Offices

Street cafe near the waterfront Plaza

Bar Social doors from the inside

The bar at Bar Social
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