WEATHER & WAVES
- What’s the weather like?
NOV-JUNE: This is the dry season and we get very little rain.
JUNE-OCT: This is the rainy season. Thunder storms/tropical storms generally come in the evening and last for a few hours. Sometimes a storm can last for several days. It’s more humid during the rainy season.
DEC-FEB: It cools down a bit in the winter.
- What’s the water temp?
The ocean temperature ranges from about 77 F to 86 F. Warmer in the summer and a bit cooler in the winter and early spring.
- What does the wave do year round?
The weather and the waves are constantly changing. The great thing about Saladita is the wave is a fun surfable wave year round. Late April to early November waves are bigger and generally more consistent, June through October during the rainy season waves are bigger. In the winter waves are are smaller but a nice shape.
We recommend checking out Magic Seaweeds page for seasonal/swell info.
FOOD & SUPPLIES
- Can we stop and get groceries when taking a taxi or if we are getting an airport pick up?
Yes, Taxi’s will stop at Mega, the big grocery store in Zihua, if you ask them to on your way to La Chuparosa. They’ll charge you extra. If you are getting an airport pick up/drop off with Beto a stop at Mega is included.
- Can I get all my groceries locally?
Los Llanos, the little town about a 10 minute drive from us has several small stores where you can get some basic supplies such as rice, beans, dairy, beverages, beer and some limited produce, but we recommend stopping at Mega if you’re planning on doing a lot of cooking and then restocking in Los Llanos. We also like to get any meat/fish products at Mega or in Zihua.
- Do you supply paper towels and condiments?
We do not supply paper towels or condiments.
- Do you have a coffee maker and blender?
Yes! We have drip coffee makers with washable filters and blenders in each of our rentals. We do not have grinders or supply coffee.
- Can you eat raw vegetables and fruit?
When eating uncooked fruits and vegetables we recommend using microdyn or another antibacterial solution (you can purchase this at Mega). Use the purified water to soak the veggies with the solution for the designated time and rinse again with purified water.
- To learn more about Food and Supplies, please visit our Shopping for Food and Supplies page.
- Do you supply shampoo and conditioner?
In our bathrooms we supply hand and body soap but not shampoo or conditioner.
- Do you have a hair dryer?
We do not supply hair dryers. The sun is a great ally in drying your locks but if you’d like a dryer please bring your own.
- Do you supply toilet paper?
Yes we do.
- Do you supply beach towels?
We supply towels for the shower and blue towels for the pool but we do not supply towels for the beach. If you’d like towels to take off of the property please bring your own.
- Where do you recommend exchanging money?
If you can find a good exchange rate at home that’s always a good start. The next best thing is to use a debit card and withdraw money at the ATMs at the airport. There are also a couple of ATMs at the Mega and at banks in Zihua. The few ATM’s closer to us are often out of service. The exchange windows at the airport aren’t going to give you the best rate and will usually charge a fee.
- Do the local beach restaurants take credit cards?
A few of the restaurants on the beach will take cards but will charge a fee. We recommend using pesos if you plan on eating out.
- Can I pay for Mexican services (restaurants, transportation, rentals) in US Dollars?
Sometimes, you can, but be aware that you will get a much lower exchange for the dollar than what is listed on the internet. This is because local banks give a lower rate, and it requires a lot of effort for locals to go to Zihau and wait in long lines at the bank.
- Do you offer discounts if we rent more than one building or the whole property?
For most of the year we do not. However, we are happy to discuss the possibility of a group discount for stays between June-October. We do offer a discounted rate for stays of seven nights or more for all of our buildings year round with the exception of holiday weeks.
- To learn more about rates, please visit the Our Rates page.
- Should we tip staff?
It is customary in Mexico to leave staff a gratuity at the end of your stay. We recommend $5 to $10 per room per night or whatever feels best to you. There will be envelopes in your bedroom where you can leave your tip at the end of your stay or you can hand it directly to Beto. Your tips will be distributed to the staff.
- Do you have cribs?
Yes. We have a couple of pack n play cribs for your little ones. Let us know you’d like one and we’ll have our staff put it in your rental so you’ll be all set when you arrive.
- Can I do my laundry?
Our machines and staff are busy full time keeping up with linens for the rooms so we don’t offer laundry service. There is a laundromat in Los Llanos. You can do it yourself or for a bit more you can drop your laundry off and they will do it for you.
- Is there staff on site?
Our housekeeping staff will clean your rental daily except on their day off on Sundays. Beto, Marialana, Emily and Amer live in a house at the back of the property. They are on the property most of the time but are off Sat afternoon to Sunday evening. Beto will often come check on the property on Sundays. They will also go to dinner and run errands. Feel free to walk to their house (by the entrance of the property from the road) and call to them if you need assistance.
- What’s your wifi like? Can I do work at La Chuparosa?
We have the best internet available on the beach. That being said it isn’t always consistent, basic emailing and internet use is usually fine but streaming can be spotty at times.
- Do you have TV’s/DVD players?
We do not have TVs or DVDs on our property.
- Do you have Bluetooth speakers?
We do not provide speakers.
- Do I need an electric adapter?
No, you do not need an adapter if you are coming from the US or Canada.
- Should I rent a car?
This truly depends on your personal preference. If you’d like the freedom of going into Zihua to explore and get more groceries, or venturing to Troncones for meals or perhaps a yoga class then you’ll want to rent a car. If your vision of your trip is to post up on the beach, surf, relax, eat at local spots then taking a taxi from the official taxi stand at the airport or perhaps arranging a pick up with Beto is the way to go for you.
- Can I take a taxi from the airport or from La Chuparosa?
Yes. From the airport we recommend using the official taxi service. There is a desk in the area to the right after you exit customs.
If you’d like a taxi while staying at La Chuparosa please speak with Beto and he can help you arrange one.
- Do you recommend a specific car rental company?
We don’t recommend a specific company as managers tend to change quite frequently. We do recommend getting insurance when renting a car.
- Is it safe to drive to and from the airport to La Chuparosa?
We have not personally experienced any issues or had any guests have any problems driving to and from the airport and Ziha. Our manager Beto makes the drive every day to drop off his kids at school and our owner Brad goes down about every month. We don’t recommend driving late at night.
- For more details, please visit our Transportation & Directions page.
- What kind of boards does Beto rent?
Beto rents a variety of longboards. This is Beto’s little side business. It’s casual. He doesn’t reserve boards ahead of time, just speak with him when you arrive. There are also a few other places along the beach that rent boards so you’ll have some choices.
- How much does it cost to arrange for a home cooked meal?
Labor charge for a cook + grocery cost and a little for gas. For 3-8 people it is 500 pesos per meal for a cook and for larger groups of 9-16 people 2 cooks are needed and it is 1000 pesos per meal for both cooks. While grocery cost definitely varies breakfasts are usually about $6-8 per person, chicken/beef dinner around $10 per person and fish/lobster are more and can vary quite a bit depending on what’s in season etc. Total meal cost is to be paid to Beto in pesos. If you’d like to see grocery receipts he’ll be happy to share those with you.
- Can we get a boat to take us to some other surf spots or go fishing?
Yes! Beto can arrange a local panga to take you to a local spot or to do some local fishing. Just speak with him when you arrive. If you want to go deep sea fishing you’ll need to arrange this yourself. There are several companies that operate out of the Zihua harbor.
- To learn about more additional services, please visit our Additional Services page.