Sunday, August 31, 2008

National Institute of Fisheries and Ventanas

Ventanas is the local name for the opening to the Cuyutlan lagoon and the jetty at the mouth of it on the ocean side. The name is as informal as the way surf locations are named. Also next to the jetty is National Institute of Fisheries building. The main reason for this canal opening is to feed water to the power plant which has an exit spillway on the open ocean side (also interesting to see).

To get to Ventanas go through downtown towards the power plant, through a lagoon side community to an area with beach palapa restaurants on the lagoon. Take a right just before the canal bridge and follow the dirt road along the canal out to the jetty. Just hope for no oncoming traffic as it is a one-laner.

The canal looking towards the ocean and Ventanas

Looking back through the canal towards the power plant

National Institute of Fisheries

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Starbucks comes to Manzanillo

Why they chose Manzanillo at this point I'm not sure. Maybe someone that owns a franchise up north wanted something to do on vacation. Maybe drug money is under invested. The article below just says Starbucks is following their normal pace of rapid expansion.

Anyway, I'm sure this will be open for the winter tourist season and it's located directly across from Walmart. Be careful crossing the street.

MEXICO CITY – Dozens of new Starbucks stores will open this year in Mexico, according to the chain's Mexican partner, part of an overseas expansion plan that could offset slower sales in an oversaturated U.S. market.

Fast-food franchiser Alsea has opened 201 Starbucks coffee shops since the brand first entered Mexico just over five years ago and now stores are popping up around the country at one of the fastest rates in the world.

Article - Centam Coffee-Starbucks expands shops in Mexico as U.S. slows

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