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A visit to Cuastecomates, the only handicapped/golden-agers’ beach on the Pacific Coast

While browsing the net for a nice beach we hadn’t been to before, we came upon a picture of Gran Bahia de Cuastecomates, located six kilometers northwest of Barra de Navidad. 

True to its name, this is a “Big Bay,” but well sheltered, with calm waters, a perfect place for old-timers and toddlers to enjoy the sea without fear of being smacked by a wave and turned upside down – in other words, a place where no surfer would ever choose to go.

So, not being surfers, we booked a room at grandiose-sounding Hotel Quinta Gran Bahía de Cuastecomates, which turned out to be grandiose-looking as well, with some 75 rooms, each with a balcony facing the ocean and the beautiful bay.


As this hotel includes all meals as well as alcoholic drinks in its overall price, we stuffed ourselves upon arrival and afterwards felt obliged to burn off the added kilos by walking “100 paces after eating” – sage advice given by none other than Mohammed the Prophet, according to Susy Pint. (She ought to know this, as she is the author of the soon-to-be-published book “A Mexican Woman in Arabia.”)


The Prophet’s Paces took us to a street entering the pueblito of Cuastecomates. And what a strange calle it was, impeccably paved without a single bache (pothole) and so wide that there were walking lanes on both sides of the street, separated from the driving area by evenly spaced iron stanchions. Amazingly, beneath our feet was a studded yellow strip stretching off into the distance, obviously designed to guide the blind. It was the safest, most intelligently designed street we’d ever seen and we rubbed our eyes in astonishment. 

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