Kat's cousin, Khamoor, mostly wrote this section, and she’s the one to talk to about fun things to see and do in the area, having lived in the heart of the village with her kids and husband for a year. If you have questions about things to do in the area, talk to Khamoor at tkpoe [at] mcn.org or write to me at k [at] kpetunia.com


You will spend many good hours on the beach and hanging around in hammocks in  enramadas, but don’t miss seeing  the area where people live.

Although the little town of Barra de Potosi might not draw you in at first, it is really worth spending some time in and getting to know.  It is a great place to settle in and watch locals, feel the current of the area, and especially it is critical that you come here to eat tacos at night. There are a few taco stands, which open up about 7:00 at night. They all serve variations of the same thing. Tacos. Most authentic is Dona Emi’s which is right across the street from Casa del Encanto. She makes her tortillas by hand and cooks them on a comal ( a clay disk held over an open fire). Usually she has tacos de puerco (pork),  tacos de pollo ( chicken tacos, which are actually rolled up and fried like little taquitos) , and tacos de barbacoa, which is beef.  Fish is not served at night in the village. These people are fishermen and eat their main meal of fish earlier on in the day.



A meal of red snapper (caught that morning), tortillas, rice, salsa and a couple of drinks will set you back $5 - 10 at the enramadas.

Randon Buys Beer


The taco stands often have really good agua fresca too. This is a juice drink made with whatever is fresh and available; watermelon, cantalope, tamarind, hibiscus, or horchata which is a rice milk. They all use purified water and ice.  Dona Emi doubles as  the church director. She does not sell beer at her stand, but the other places do.  (It is sort of fun to send one of your little kids down the street to buy you a single beer from one of the shop keepers... just because you can!)



If you want to arrange a fishing trip, go see Susanna, known locally as Payo (Pie-o) - ask anybody where she lives, and she will help get you set up to go out to sea with her brother-in-law Miguel.

(Susanna doesn’t speak  English, but somehow she is very easy to communicate with using gestures, smiles and any broken bits of Spanish you might be able to dig out ).

Susanna also sells fresh fish and shrimp if you want to cook for yourself. Her door is usually open, or she is in the back yard. Again, just ask anybody where Payo lives.
If you need childcare, Susanna’s daughters Yania and Mara  are wonderful and trustworthy. My kids practically live at their house while we are in Barra.  There is always a flock of kids playing on the street in front of her house.



A day trip on the lagoon is a treat. You can rent kayaks, or take a boat tour up through the mangrove trees. You will see a range of wildlife and perhaps even the rare Roseate Spoonbill. Birders think this place is super. Bring your lifetime list along, you’ll likely check off something new.


(If I were a bird person, there would be, like, 500,000 pictures of birds right here with their names in Latin and English and lots of exclamation points. But I am not. But the birds around the lagoon really are pretty cool even if you're not a bird person.)bird

fishing with miguedorado



Horseback riding on the beach is fun.

So is scuba diving and snorkeling.

And shopping in Zihuatanejo.

And visiting the glitzy tourist shops in Ixtapa.



The surfing's really good at nearby beaches.

Did I mention that it will be mango season when you are there? Picking mangos from the trees and eating them may figure largely into your days.
A boat ride to Valentin is pretty great. and you get to hold baby turtles.valentinturtles
swimming with joseph







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