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Captivating Caleta
Caleta de Campos, Mexico
(Pronounced Kah-LET-ta Day KAM-pohs, MAY-hee-coh)
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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Billy and I debated as to whether or not we should share this location with our readers. 

You know, that one particular safe harbor, that majestic place where life is simple and straightforward, a location where you can kick back and let the world turn without you.

 

 You won't find Caleta de Campos on most Mexican maps, so if we post a story about it and a rustic but dazzling beach town becomes famous by word of mouth and then becomes overrun by tourists... did we really want this to happen to 'Captivating Caleta'?

So, ok, this shot isn't Caleta, but one of many unspoiled beaches along the Mexican coast.

 

From Zihuatanejo, we spent 73 Pesos each to get to Lazaro Cardenas on a first class bus. In the Mexican way, the 7:30 a.m. bus didn’t leave until 8, and when we did reach Lazaro, we were dropped off in the middle of a street with no bus station in sight. Not to worry, we were able to find this 'Chicken Bus' which took us up the spectacular western coast of Mexico towards Caleta de Campos, our next destination.

Ed Note: This piece was written from an earlier visit to Caleta. The information is current. During our 105 Day Adventure we traveled south from San Juan de Lima paying 95 Pesos each for the bus.

 

Aaahhh, that Billy! Caught me with my mouth full once again, taking a quick morning snack. Here I am trying to smile at the same time hoping I don't show a mouth full of food! Glamorous shot, don't you think? We try to use these down times to eat and organize our gear for the coming journey. And as most of you know we always carry food and water.

 

As you can see, the travel itinerary is written on the front window of our 'Chicken Bus'. First class busses in Mexico have large seats that recline, are air-conditioned, have bathrooms on board and they almost always show movies. 'Chicken Busses' are usually more simple and less suited to comfort, but very functional. It's always a good idea to check the tires before boarding!

What's great about these busses is that the driver will drop you off or pick you up anywhere along the route. No one is in a rush and many people see friends along the way as they climb aboard.

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On a well paved road with the beach only a stone's throw away, we continue on our adventure to Caleta.

 

Beaches here were reminiscent of Highway 1 in California except more tropical. Some areas looked just like Waddell Creek, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, and even Big Sur all whizzing past us. If you've never traveled Highway 1 through Oregon and California it's certainly worth the drive. Or come south of the border and see the Mexican version of the same coast line!

 

With their histories proudly displayed by the townsfolk, we stopped in quaint towns along the route. You can see the ocean in the background.

 

From Lazaro we arrived in Caleta de Campos two hours later, and what a change from Zihua! More like a village, Caleta is basically a one street beach town with friendly locals. This is certainly where everyone knows everyone else. We were looking for John's Place which we were told was near the lighthouse.

Vendors directed us to walk down the road and to take a left at the white church. We didn't find John's Place, but  stumbled upon Hotel Los Arcos instead. Impressed, we took a seaside room with spectacular 180 degree views of the sea from a cliff for only 300 Pesos per night (up from 200 Pesos on our previous visit). Initially the new managers asked us to pay 500 Pesos per night, so we were still doing well on our bargain.

Giving the feel of a cottage, the room is bright  and comes with TV, fan and a large bathroom.

But who needs television when you have this to watch?

 

Billy shows the view from our (small but lovely!) balcony. We watched the sun rise and set over the ocean from this balcony during the days we stayed here.

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Sunrise from our room. So peaceful, so sweet!

 

Sunset, with the Lighthouse in the foreground.

 

Another sunset from our balcony. Nature is captivating and this town is very tranquil.

 

After unpacking, we took a little time up on the rooftop of Los Arcos and enjoyed the spectacular scenery stretched out behind us. How enchanting this little town of Caleta was! This is the sort of place where one goes: "I wonder what property is for sale?"

It was here on the roof that we discovered a beach nearby. There were many fishing boats coming and going out of the bay but when we saw the beach we knew we had to see it first hand, up close and personal.

 

In the center-left of the photo you can see a wide expanse of beach, and what looks to be a harbor. Boats and harbor mean... fresh seafood! This is a HUGE horseshoe bay.

 

So we take a walk through the town and to the edge of the cliff. The beach far in the background is where we plan to visit tomorrow.

 

Going back to our room, we became mesmerized by the sea's continuous action, passing time easily while the sun sets. The Bufadero was spectacular with the constant gushes of seawater blowing through its holes. We enjoyed watching migrating whales and, in the starlit evenings, The Southern Cross.

You can see the small fishing boat coming home with its fresh catch.

 

Finally getting to the beach! A closer look reveals restaurant choices and fishing boats at this end of the beach. Now we're talking, food, drink, sun and sand. We were in our element.

 

And at the other end is a loooong stretch of private beach which we intend to explore!

Beach, sea, fishermen and restaurants are all a common theme when you travel the coast. Homes dot the hillsides giving a wide view of the ocean below.

 

Fishermen chat with each other discussing the day's catch or who needs their motor fixed. It's a wide open, nature-filled life that goes on seven days a week.

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This fisherman's belongings are covered up with only a vinyl cloth for protection. In such a small town, everyone knows everyone else, so thievery is not a threat.

 

Where the sea meets the rock on the right is a small stretch of beach and when the tide is down, you can easily cross over. When the tide is up... you are swimming back to the other side! Watch your gear!

When we arrived, we didn't know whether the tide was coming in or going out, but the water was already up to our knees.

 

The beach continues expansively.

 

We sort of expected Bo Derek from the movie 10 to come running by in her braids. As you can see, there is no one else here! Private, beautiful, peaceful, massive... and all ours! What mischief could we get into here, hmmmm??

 

Although there are many types of beaches - those with vendors, water toys, parasailing and tours - this is the style we most prefer. Secluded, expansive and filled only with the sounds of nature.

 

The view looking down to the other side. The 'pile of rocks' in the left of this photo are the rocks where we posed in the previous photo. It gives you an idea of how large this beach really is.

The mist rises from the gently rolling waves. You can walk out a long while and the ocean is still only to your thighs.

 

Back in civilization! Another beach comber's towel and flip flops. Could these be YOURS?

 

This photo is taken from the restaurant where we had our lunch. In the background is the large quiet beach that we visited earlier. Notice the name of the boat is Libertad - meaning Liberty! Freedom! You betcha!

 

Mixing a little work with a lot of pleasure, Billy takes notes on his Asus Eee PC. What a view from his office!

 

We still had it in our minds to find John's Place so we walked down from our hotel to this cliff-side dwelling thinking this must be where John lives. We knocked on the door but no one was home. We returned later only to find it was Klaus, a German baker who lived here, not John... and he invited us in to his balcony for a chat. Of course, with the town being so small, Klaus knew John and took us there in his car.

This is the view Klaus enjoys daily from his porch and from his kitchen windows.

 

We went to the beach each day we stayed in Caleta, and walked past this active seashore scene on the way there.

 

After a hard day of beach, sun and seafood, we came back to our hotel for a bit of a rest in the shaded hammock. The sound of waves crashing on the rocks below, a few birds chirping in the trees above, the rugged coast line, expansive beaches and great food. Life is good.

Aaaaahhhhh......

For more information about this gorgeous beach town, click here

Our next stop on this adventure is the well know town of Zihuatanejo

Traveling south down the Pacific coast of Mexico is a must adventure for any traveler. Our style is to go slow and if we like a place, we stay longer, ‘getting local’ as soon as possible. This means we scout out where the neighbors shop, the restaurants they frequent and we make friends along the way with store owners, the maids, and anyone who lives in town. These people know where the best prices and value can be found – it’s certainly not where the tourists shop.

The Adventurer's Guide to the Pacific Coast of Mexico details our route, the places we stayed, prices we paid along this adventure and history and culture of these locations. We also give you names of hotels in each area, the transportation available, useful information and the pros and cons of each place as we viewed it. To learn more, Click here

 

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