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Guide to Troncones
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MAP OF MEXICO SHOWING LOCATION OF TRONCONES, ZIHUATANEJO & IXTAPANestled between the jungled foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains and the warm tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean lies the small beachfront community of Troncones, part of the Municipio of La Unión in the state of Guerrero.

Home to about 600 permanent residents of mainly fishermen, farmers, and ranchers, Troncones has also become one of Mexico's favorite beachfront eco-resorts. But don't look for high-rise hotels, shopping centers or discoteques here. The area of Troncones from south of the village north to the neighboring village of Majahua is dotted with small guest inns, vacation homes, bungalows, and Bed & Breakfasts interspersed with various seafood restaurants and low-key beach clubs.

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LUPITA AT PLAYA TRONCONES
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You'll find miles of white sand beach, from the small coves to the south of Playa Troncones to Playa Troncones itself and north to Playa Manzanillo and Playa Majahua. Swimming is possible, though attention must be paid to the waves and currents. Playa Manzanillo and Playa Majahua are two of the preferred swimming beaches. Numerous tidal pools also offer a chance to refresh yourself and cool off.

The coastline of the Troncones area is a world famous surfing destination. La Salidita, Playa Majahua and Playa Manzanillo are some of the popular local surf spots. There are more nearby. Just ask around.

Other local activities include boogie boarding, kayaking, hiking, cave exploring, horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, birdwatching and mountain biking.


PHOTO © 2000 COURTESY OF
THE INN AT MANZANILLO
You can often see whales and dolphins swimming and jumping along the coast. Sea turtles also frequent our beaches to lay their eggs which are usually placed in protected areas to incubate until they hatch. The hatchlings are sometimes raised in small tubs for a few weeks to give them a better survival rate before being released.
BURROS ON THE BEACH
PHOTO © 1998
COURTESY OF ANITA LAPOINTE
Troncones can be reached by taxi and bus. Troncones has its own taxi service for getting back to "civilization". Surfboards, boogy-boards, bicycles, and other accessoriescan be rented.
HORSES ON THE BEACH
PHOTO © 1998
COURTESY OF ANITA LAPOINTE
Troncones has telephone and cellphone service, and it is only a local call to Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. For long-distance calls there are public phones that accept prepaid calling cards.
Internet access is offered by several establishments for sending and receiving e-mail. Check with your host.
A LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE
ONE OF THE LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORES
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ANOTHER LOCAL STORE WITH  PUBLIC LOCAL AND LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE SERVICE
THIS STORE SELLS PHONE CALLING CARDS
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THE TRONCONES CROSSROADS
TRONCONES CROSSROADS
TO THE LEFT THE ROAD CONTINUES FOR ABOUT A MILE
TO THE RIGHT THE ROAD GOES ABOUT 5 MILES TO MAJAHUA
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Bottled drinking water and purified ice are available at most lodgings and restaurants as well as at the various stores called tiendas in the village and along the coastal road.
There is a small medical clinic in Troncones as well as reliable and competent doctors, clinics and hospitals twenty-five minutes away in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.
"DOWNTOWN" TRONCONES, THE BEACHFRONT CROSSROADS
 
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