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Zihuatanejo travel guide

gui on May 26, 2011 Comments (0)

Zihuatanejo Ixtapa airport is very convenient to the hotels in the area, with many hotels offering free shuttle service. The airport is serviced by direct flights from Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston, plus Mexico City, Vancouver and Phoenix (seasonally).

Zihuatanejo is also well served by long distance luxury buses from such places as Acapulco, Morelia and Mexico City. There are plenty of taxis to take you out to the airport or the bus station. At the muelle, dockside, there are lanchas, open boats, to various points along the coast, most notably the Playa Las Gatas across the bay. Getting to the flashy sister resort of Ixtapa can be done easily by bus.

“Taxis Seguros” charges $35 from the airport to the south end of Zihuatanejo (January 2014). However, it is much cheaper from one point to point (that isn’t an airport). Here is a Page with sample prices.

Zihuatanejo is a self grown little resort on the Baha Zihuatanejo. The feel of the place is very relaxed and Mexican, and it is very unlike its sister resort of Ixtapa,Swimwear Monokini & One Piece
a planned resort to attract the gringo dollar. Expect to find backpackers and other individual travellers along with Mexican holidaymakers. The latter are also among the more relaxed, as the Mexico City jet set fresas of course intermingle with the estadounidenses in Ixtapa.

The main attraction of Zihuatanejo is the sheltered Baha Zihuatanejo with safe swimming. Several lovely beaches surround the bay, including the Playa La Ropa (”Beach of the clothes”) and the Playa Las Gatas (”Beach of the she cats”), the first named after a shipwreck including Chinese silk, the latter named after little, harmless sharks called “she cats” because of their whiskers.

Playa Las Gatas, across the bay from town, is reached by lanchas, open boats. You buy the tickets at the ticket counter, and queue up at the pier. This is usually a quick affair. The beach itself has white sands and plenty of palapas (thatched umbrellas). You sit down under one for free, as long as you order your drinks and your lunch from the owner of the palapa. Snorkeling is recommended from the snorkel shop located just off of the boat dock. A very nice artificial reef was created in precolumbian times.

The small community amphitheater and basketball courts provide great evening weekend events. a lot of vacationers from Mexico City), there are loads of things to buy in Zihuatanejo. In addition to swimwear and other beach accessories, you can buy a lot of Mexican handicraft. There is of course anything from cheap junk to high quality artworks.

Visit the shops and market close to the Playa Municipal, fanning outward from the pier. There is an excellent textile shop right along the water.

Adventure Divers (Adventure Divers Scuba Diving), Calle Adelitas 68 (along the main road from La Ropa beach to downtown Zihuat), 7555579787, [1]. 9am 8pm. Adventure Divers is a PADI affiliated scuba dive shop that runs daily scuba and snorkel trips to the nearby reefs and rock bottom sites where there are plenty of tropical fish to swim with. It is located across from the small fish market and provides incredibly fresh fish with superb service. The open patio flows into the nice dcor of the restaurant. The selection is broad with most dishes moderately priced. The food is well presented and very good. Boutique hotel on Playa Ropa, consistently rated by travel magazines as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Infiniti pool, full spa services, and gourmet dining.

Hotel Brisas Del Mar Ph 01 152 755 5542142 from the US, [5]. A very charming and well kept beach front hotel with eight different type of suites, pool, a restaurant and bar. Each room has a balcony with a hammock and outstanding sunset views. Great price and superb service.

Tides Zihuatanejo Hotel (formerly Hotel Villa del Sol)Playa La Ropa Tel: (866) 905 9560, [6] Small luxury beach resort, tastefully decorated with Mexican art and crafts. Its cheerful rooms reflect the colours of the tropics. Tides Zihuatanejo Hotel ex Villa del Sol is located right on Playa La Ropa beach, by the village of Zihuatanejo. 35 suites located in villas among tropical gardens. A tiny blue stream runs by your side wherever you walk, filling ponds, splashing into fountains or spilling over an aqueduct right into one of the swimming pools.

Hotel Irma 1 800 262 4500; Playa la Madera. Affordably priced rooms, most with air conditioning and balcony that overlooks Playa la Madera. Poolside food and bar service. A staircase off the patio takes you right down to the beach. Fantastic, friendly staff.

Solimar Inn Suites (52) 755 554 0662, [7]; 12 fully equipped and nicely decorated suites for a very comfortable vacation for families and couples. Located in charming Zihuatanejo. A family owned operated property. English spoken.

Hotel Zihuatanejo Centro (52) 755 554 5330, [8]; For relaxation, adventure, fishing or just to enjoy the real Mexico with your family or friends.

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Which Louis Vuitton Neverfull sizes should you buyPM

gui on April 21, 2011 Comments (0)

The Louis Vuitton Neverfull is becoming the most popular style for the brand. Many women are purchasing the Neverfull as their first Louis Vuitton handbag. Due to the versatility and relatively low price (it is still expensive but cheaper compared to some other styles), it has been spotted in almost every corner of town. It is becoming a very trendy thing to sport this handbag on the shoulder while shopping and going out. This hub talks about the various sizes of Louis Vuitton Neverfull (PM, MM or GM). Find out which one is the best for you and your purposes.

What is the purpose of the handbag? Do you plan to use the bag as an everyday bag, a shopping tote or carryall for traveling purposes? The size that you decide to get should be good for the purposes that you are using it for. For everyday purposes, the Neverfull GM is huge and only appropriate for lots of stuff. If you use it as a carryall, it will definitely hold lots of items and would have more spaces leftover. Actually, you don’t have to worry about not having enough space with the other two sizes (PM and MM),replicahandbags
they are big enough for most people’s everyday use.

How much do you plan to carry? Even the PM is big enough for day to day essentials. Unless you are really trying to carry everything you can think of, the PM will be a sufficient size for your purposes. Nowadays, how much you are carrying in a handbag is not that important anymore. Most are more concerned about the look the handbag itself.

Do you prefer a certain look of the Neverfull? The Neverfull can be completely open or cinched in on both sides. The two ways have very different looks. Some girls prefer it open whereas others prefer it cinched. The MM, GM will look a lot smaller when cinched on both sides; the cinching gives these bigger bags a more compact look. The PM will definitely be too small when cinched to function as a tote. The Neverfull MM and GM can flatter a smaller girl when cinched. For some reason, the PM just seems way too small. Unless you are below 5′3”, the PM will not flatter your body.

How tall and big are you? Handbags look the best when it is in proportion to the person carrying it. Petite women look better with a small handbag that mirrors her frame. If you are under 5′3” and very thin, it is hard to pull off the look of the Neverfull GM even when cinched. It will look like you are toting around luggage. Taller women look better with bigger handbags because smaller ones look like they are carrying their kids’ play bags. The Azur print Neverfull GM will look even bigger than the darker print counterparts (monogram and ebene). However, fashion has its whims and the oversized look can be very popular / trendy. The best thing to do is go into the Louis Vuitton store with a trusted friend and actually try on the different sizes yourself to decide. The friend can give you constructive suggestions and you will be able to see yourself with the different sizes at the same time.

In general, if you are under 5′3”, the PM is a great choice. For women that are 5′1 to 5′8, the Neverfull MM will work great either completely open or cinched. Those that are 5′6” or even taller, the Neverfull GM can be flattering and trendy when carried with the two sides open or cinched.

Most bags sold in Coach factory outlet stores are specially made for those outlets. They are different in some ways from the regular Coach bags also sold in outlets.

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Holiday Sharing Idea - Twelve Days of Your Baby

Michael Broukhim on November 30, 2009 Comments (13)

From the “we love  our users” bin comes this tip from Amanda at TipsySociety:

“Twelve Days of [Your Child's Name Here]“

This is the way The Twelve Days of Jack worked:  In the 12 days leading up to Christmas day, we would dress him up in his Christmas socks or his Christmas bib or what have you.  Then we would upload that pic to Totspot which is a Facebook type of thing for babies. It’s fabulous–all your relatives and friends sign up to be your kiddo’s friend and then you upload your journal entry, picture or video ONCE and it sends out a link to everybody he’s friends with.  Each day SOMEONE gets to relish in the fact that their Christmas themed present was showcased AND your kiddo doesn’t have to endure the revolving dressing room door.  It’s definitely a WIN WIN.


Got a tip to share with our users about how you use TotSpot? Let us know about it: we’re easily reached via email, Twitter, or Get Satisfaction.

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Welcome Sesame Street!

Michael Broukhim on November 9, 2009 Comments (4)

sesameIn celebration of the all-new as well as the upcoming new season of Sesame Street (starting November 10), we’re thrilled to introduce Sesame Street on TotSpot!

Cooke Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby all now have profiles on TotSpot that you can connect with and explore. In the coming weeks, these profiles will be updated with more content and news from Sesame Street.

You can also spice up your own child’s profile with new Sesame Street inspired themes! Just click on “Appearance” in the update bar of your child’s profile to select a theme based on your favorite Sesame Street character (see screenshot below).


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When You’re a Favicon, You’re a Social Media Heavyweight

Michael Broukhim on August 25, 2009 Comments (0)

TotSpot: A Favicon and Social Media Heavyweight

You know you’ve made it when you’re surrounded by Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook favicons. Thanks @jennyland for the inclusion on your artistically inspired homepage ;)

Jennyland gives us a sweet new social media icon (to go along with the child profile badges we just introduced) that you can use on your blogs / websites too:

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Child Profile Badges and Widgets - Quick, Easy Sharing

Michael Broukhim on August 24, 2009 Comments (6)

Do you have a blog? MySpace? hang out on a message board? Our new Child Profile Badges and Widgets are a super-easy and, we think, really good-looking way to share a link to your child’s TotSpot profile. You can put a badge on your page with a quick bit of copy and paste. Here’s video demonstration:

It’s that simple. Our badges come in multiple shapes, sizes, and even types, including a Birthday Ticker (see mine below) and some insanely cool Pregnancy Trackers - one has a child’s room where the light dims/brightens based on closeness to due date, another shows your babies semi-scientific development.

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Facebook’s Loss (Babies) is TotSpot’s Gain

Michael Broukhim on August 21, 2009 Comments (5)

Facebook Lego

Joel Stein asks poignantly, Why Does Facebook Hate Babies?

Facebook hates babies. I found this out last night when I logged on as Laszlo Stein, my three-month old son who has been faithfully posting adorable photos and angry commentary since his second-trimester sonogram, back when his listed interests were just kicking and drinking his own urine.

All I wanted was to avoid being one of those annoying parents who post photos of their kids on their own page. I wanted a place for the few family and friends who want to see his baby pictures. And now all the photos other people posted of Laszlo are gone, and I have to e-mail every damn photo to our parents and siblings.

Joel… it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a place for Laszlo on TotSpot… give us a shot. You’ll <3 us and some of the sweet Facebook integrations we have in place and are working on.

Making TotSpot the “seamless” child profile of Facebook is a priority for us. If you have any ideas for how we could be doing this even better, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Why Does Facebook Hate Babies? - TIME.

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Group of the Month: Working Moms, Q&A with Michelle Gillen

Michael Broukhim on June 30, 2009 Comments (1)


It’s been tremendously exciting for us to watch TotSpot Groups blossom into a genuine community. While we try to keep making improvements to the product, the real work is being done by our incredibly passionate users.

We want to celebrate and shine our spotlight on those who’ve really taken it upon themselves to cultivate a community on TotSpot by featuring a Group of the Month along with a Q&A with the Group’s creator.

We’re excited to announce our first Group of the Month (June): Working Moms, created by Michelle Gillen. Working Moms was created on the day we launched TotSpot Groups and since then has become one of our most vibrant Groups thanks in no small part to the passion and energy of Michelle.

Michelle, mother of 5-month-old Maggie and 7-year-old Hailey, is a, self-described, fellow “computer geek.” By day, she’s responsible for keeping the Pennsylvania’s 140 state park offices connected to the internet as the network security administrator for Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the State of Pennsylvania. She’s a quintessential, working mom. Our interview, is below:

TotSpot: The name of the group, “Working Moms,” is pretty self-explanatory. Beyond that, can you explain to a perspective group member why they should join?

Michelle: Being  a mom in general is a wonderful, amazing, scary, confusing experience!  Toss in working AND being a mom and that really makes a challenging task! Sometimes I feel like I’m running a non-stop marathon!  Many days I deal with a full range of emotions while being away from my kids.  With a new baby, I had other things to contemplate such as how to continue to breast feed and how to find someone I trusted to watch my newborn! I felt so alone at times and overwhelmed.
So that said, this group could be a place that we could discuss all of that and more!  Make new friendships.  Find others who have been where we are and have some sound, hard learned advice on how to get through it.  Or as I’ve just recently experienced, when the task gets daunting, share it and someone will give you the boost you’re needing to help you get going again!


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EasyShare by TotSpot - Stupidly Easy Sharing, O.M.G.

Michael Broukhim on June 19, 2009 Comments (1)

Since we launched, one of the most requested features has been the ability to quickly and easily share content on TotSpot …with just a link. Friends and family members get frustrated by sign-up forms or passwords to remember, and as a result, miss the beautiful content on your child’s profile.

We’re thrilled to announce EasyShare by TotSpot:


EasyShare gives you a simple link that you can send to your friends in an email, an IM conversation, or automagically post to Facebook, Twitter, or even your adult profile on TotSpot. That link will give recipients access to just that single piece of content (including an entire photo set) without any sign-up, any password, or any hassle.

The EasyShare box (see it in the image above) is now available on the sidebar of any individual content page on TotSpot. Just go to the page you want to share, look in the sidebar, point, click, and EasyShare. Give it a shot now!

As always, we love to hear your thoughts about how we’re doing and what we can do to make TotSpot an even better experience. Let us know in the comments below!

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We’ll Do It Live!

adamkatz on June 18, 2009 Comments (1)

Not quite Bill O’Reilly style, but like many others we’re big fans of the real-time-web and we’re taking our first steps in that direction with some recent improvements to TotSpot Groups.


Now, activity throughout TotSpot Groups is aggregated into a single stream - a refresh button is included to update the stream and at the bottom of page a “More” button introduces more posts “Twitter-style.”  In addition, discovering new content within your groups is easier - the number of new updates since last page load is displayed next to the group name.

To date, we’ve been blown away at the number and quality of both new groups formed and the content created. If you haven’t already, check out some our favorites: Working Moms, Dad’s Place, SAHMs, Mommies United, Parents of Preemies, and more. There is a great community blossoming and we’re just happy to do our best to assist in that effort.

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