Mexico Photo Gallery: Costa Granda

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American expat Laura Kelly runs a homey bed and breakfast, Casa del Encanto ('House of Enchantment'), in the small fishing village of Barra de Potosí, south of Zihuatenejo on the Pacific Coast. A resident of Mexico for nearly 20 years, Laura is an expert guide to the region.  
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La Tortuga Feliz ('The Happy Turtle') is a sanctuary for thousands of green turtles and dozens of endangered leatherback turtles. Staffed by local volunteers, the sanctuary in the town of Juluchuca operates in conjunction with the new eco-resort, Playa Viva.  
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Visitors to La Tortuga Feliz turtle sanctuary can arrange to help release baby turtles into the ocean. The green turtles hatch from their ping-pong-sized shells after 30 days in their nests on the beach.  
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Twenty minutes south of Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo Airport by taxi, the town of Barra de Potosí has some 500 residents, no paved roads, and friendly kids eager to practice their English. The fishing village has a handful of authentic restaurants and lodgings.  
Credit: Karen Kefauver 
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The town of Troncones, a peaceful beach getaway, is about an hour's drive north of Zihuatenejo. Hacienda Eden, a welcoming, family-run lodging, has one of the nicest beaches for swimming and boogie boarding. Surf spots are also nearby.  
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After catching waves in the Pacific Ocean, a tranquil dip in the pool is a relaxing way to end the day. This beachside infinity pool is part of Casa Manzanillo, a popular hotel located on Manzanillo Bay in Troncones.  
Credit: Karen Kefauver 
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Nothing beats the taste of coconut freshly harvested from the palm tree! Before splitting the coconut, use a straw to sip the coconut milk. Then you can scoop out and savor the vitamin-packed coconut meat.  
Credit: Karen Kefauver 
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More poisonous than cyanide to humans, the spiny pufferfish is discarded by fisherman. The fish inflate into round balls two to three times their normal size as a defense mechanism. After fisherman toss pufferfish from their nets onto the shore, the tide usually rolls the fish back to the water.  
Credit: Karen Kefauver 
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In Troncones, be sure to catch the sunset over Manzanillo Bay. After the sun disappears into the horizon, enjoy the ocean's bounty with fresh fish tacos for dinner at one of the beachside restaurants.  
Credit: Karen Kefauver 
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In Zihuatenejo, don't be alarmed if you hear a blasting loudspeaker with rapid-fire announcements. It's not the onset of a revolution; it's a way to deliver the local newspaper headlines.  
Credit: Karen Kefauver 
 
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