Primary outdoor activity at Little Big Sur is laying on the outside bed and watching the whales. We spotted whales every day, with the record being a gaggle of more than 30+ swimming by.

January 2008

2008 marks the beginning of a new phase in Little Big Sur’s life, namely shifting from building it to using it! After a fist full of “mananas,” we’ve now spent two holidays moving into our little palapa. Little Big Sur is 90% done, missing “only” the furniture, full electricity, and assorted finishing touches. Here’s the report from our last visits.

Here’s a quick peek at what Little Big Sur Looks like now:

It’s beginning to look like a house. View is toward the front door and looking at the back patio, which faces the mountains.

It’s beginning to look like a house. View is toward the front door and looking at the back patio, which faces the mountains.

The living room, looking out toward the deck. “Dining room” is on the right. Kitchen is further right out of camera view.

The deck, with the outside lounging bed on one end, and the built-in couch on the other.

Party central. We inevitably end up sitting on the deck over cocktails.

“Open air kitchen”. Like everything else, the kitchen is open air. The most important feature? The solar-powered always-mak’n-ice refrigerator.

Very first dinner. It was good to eat and drink in our place, especially after a day of moving in, which of course includes porting shopping bags, luggage, etc. up the 200 yard path to Little Big Sur.

We even have our own cactus garden in the front.

Turkey in the Tropics? Our neighbors Steve, Rita and their daughter came down to LBS for Thanksgiving. Top to bottom: Shelling shrimp takes a long time, especially by lantern; a view of the kitchen from the upstairs loft; walking through the jungle on the way to the beach; party on the taxi during the trip back to PV.

Welcome to Yelapa. Yelapa is half way to Chonchos by water taxi. It’s by far the biggest and best known of the resort villages on the southern part of the Banderas Bay. Many think the place went downhill a couple of years ago when it got electricity. We thought it was pretty charming, even with working lights. Top to bottom: FW and El looking to get on a wireless network while standing in front of a trash dump. There are no roads in Yelapa, just a maze of walk ways. Right off the pier is a little restaurant, Bahia Café, that just so happens to have spectacular food. Yelapa’s most famous resort, Verana, is located on the top of the mountains. Getting there takes 30 minutes of climbing, which makes the walk to LBS look wimpy. The resort is absolutely gorgeous, which for $450+ per person per day, it should be.

It’s time for all of us to migrate north again. Till next time.

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