Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they explore Colonia 5th de Diciembre. Provecho!
Here we are barreling down Calle Juarez in Centro, we are on our way to Colonia 5th de Diciember to start our due diligence. Porque you ask? Well, long story short, we love living in Old Town but truth be told it is a noisy town and when a local joint moved to a spot two blocks directly north of us and started broadcasting their music into our bedroom from their second level bandshell, well, we started thinking relocation. I did have a couple conversations with the owner of the joint and he has toned things down considerably but our train of thought has been triggered so this day we are checking out this colonia that many expats have made their home.
What’s really cool about busing through Centro is at every corner you get a glimpse of the ocean.
We debark at Ley, the iconic Mexican big box grocery story that roughly demarks the southern border of 5th de Diciembre. If you’d like to follow along here is a map, courtesy vallartainfo.com:
Mary is standing in the new mini-mall the city has created between Ley and…
After some light shopping at Ley we are walking down Av Mexico.
Well, that is one check off our list, cheap beers. Here at Las Cuñadas, The Sisters-in-Law, we find 15P beers and that’s for medias, full size beers, not ponies. Ya gotta ask.
Here we are at the corner of Mexico and San Salvador, we’ll be making a right turn here. But if you look left…
You’ll see the signature hotel of 5th de Diciembre, Villa Premiere, which is where our good friends Robert and Lynn stayed when they visited us last February.
This is our vantage marching up San Salvador.
Here is an unattended taco stand. We note the tacos are pretty cheap here, in Old Town they are 10P each pretty much everywhere.
This colorful building is a funeral home.
Along the way we are making note of prices at local joints.
LOL, at first we thought this was another bar!
We spot our first dollar store, there are many in Old Town. But I must add that, technically, 25P is actually closer to two bucks.
I’m taking a break in front of one of the many hardware stores dotting Calle San Salvador.
We’ve come to Mercado 5th de Diciembre and this is part of its famed fish market.
And these are my fish buddies, Antonio and Salvador.
Across the street is the cementerio. We thought of entering and taking pix but decided not to as we are unsure of the etiquette. Readers?
We have backtracked a few blocks down San Salvador and we decide to take a left on Calle Costa Rica.
It seems Calle Costa Rica has an elevation issue.
But I think it was worth it, this is the view from the top of the stairs.
Well, Costa Rica keeps on going but we don’t, we decide to take a right on Calle Honduras.
We’re going to walk Honduras to the beach and check that out.
A view of the hotel zone from our vantage.
We have arrived at Playa Camarones, Shrimp Beach. Note the portapotty to the right. We have not seen that on Los Muertos.
This is the view north and…
South. The beach here is absolutely gorgeous and muy tranquilo.
We have backtracked a block and are heading south on Av Mexico.
This is a cocina economica featuring their comida corrida, food on the run, menu. Hmm… maybe this could replace Fonda Flor?
We shoot, we score! Once again, 15P beers at Rico Taco.
This is the view from our table at Rico Taco. Yes, that is Ley, kittycorner, we have come full circle.
While we are relaxing with our beers this little girl in her dancing dress walks by with her sis and dad. Mary says she will remember this dress when she is 30.
We’ve finished our beers and resumed our walk down Mexico and have come to Parque Hidalgo where we take a right turn to…
Layla’s. We have a cupocity coupon for this restaurant and if we like it, you’ll hear more. And thus ends our 5th de Diciembre walkabout. Cheers!
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Bruce and Mary love comentarios about anything but if anyone has info regarding 5th de Diciembre, please share! Hasta proximo Domingo!