Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Acapulco - Pinotepa Nacional - Puerto Escondido
    Mexico

    Acapulco – Pinotepa Nacional – Puerto Escondido

    DRIVING TIME: 8 hoursKILOMETERS: 389MILES: 242HWY: CA 200 Okay, you’re on your way to Pinotepa Nacional. When you first leave Acapulco, the sensation is one of confusion as to whether you have chosen the correct road because there are no signs, and you will pass through several small towns. Yet if you turned off the main highway and followed the Pinotepa N. sign, you have nothing to fear except for the fact that the roads are wicked for several hours after Acapulco, but after Pinotepa, they improve greatly. This is a straightforward drive, about 8 hours with lots of potholes.  Hotel & Eats In Pinotepa Nacional, there is the Motel…

  • Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo - Acapulco
    Mexico

    Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo – Acapulco

    DRIVING TIME: 4 hoursKILOMETERS: 290MILES: 180HWY: CA 200 Leaving Zihuatanejo, proceed up the hill out of town onto the main throughway. Follow the signs to Acapulco; you’re still on CA 200. Going into Acapulco is a nightmare. The roads are horrible, the traffic is horrendous, and literally, thousands of people are crammed into this coastal town. Nevertheless, there are many things to do and an endless amount of sun, fun, and adventure. Getting out of Acapulco is an art in itself. Pay close attention to these directions, or you will get lost. Head south and up the hill; if you are near the beach, you must drive up the hill…