From: Melaque to Playa Azul
Date: March 5, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) At the intersection of Mex 80 from Guadalajara and Mex 200 just north of Melaque. This is the end of the previous log. We turn toward the ocean following Mex 200 toward Melaque, Manzanillo, and points south.

000.7 Miles (001.0 Km)
-- Km 259 marker.

000.8 Miles (001.2 Km)
-- Highway turns 90 degrees left. Right is road to Cuastemcomate. We turn left.

000.9 Miles (001.5 Km)
-- The road to the right is the main road into Melaque, it runs past the square and to the ocean.

002.2 Miles (003.5 Km)
-- Cutoff right to Barra de Navidad. We continue straight.

002.3 Miles (003.6 Km)
-- Pemex #0523 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It’s a medium-sized one with good access but no truck parking.

004.8 Miles (007.8 Km)
-- Pass through the town of El Aguacate, four topes.

009.6 Miles (015.4 Km)
-- Enter the city of Cihuatlán, population 31,850. Many topes.

011.0 Miles (017.7 Km)
-- The main road jogs a block to the right, making two 90-degree turns, first right, then left.

011.6 Miles (018.6 Km)
-- Road turns right and then leaves town. Immediately we cross the Puente Cihuatlán and enter the state of Colima.

014.7 Miles (023.6 Km)
-- Pass through the town of El Chavarin, three topes.

015.5 Miles (024.9 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Aeropuerto.

019.9 Miles (032.0 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Playa de Oro.

023.9 Miles (038.5 Km)
-- Pass through the town of La Central, three topes.

025.6 Miles (041.2 Km)
-- Pass through the town of El Naranjo, three topes.

026.9 Miles (043.4 Km)
-- Road splits. Manzanillo Libre going straight goes into Manzanillo. Manzanillo Cuota to the left bypasses Manzanillo and continues down the coast for quite a few miles. We go left to take the Cuota road.

027.1 Miles (043.6 Km)
-- Pemex #0550 on the left. It has Magna, Premium, and diesel. This is a big station with great access, it has some truck parking.
We are on a two-lane toll road with wide shoulders.

039.0 Miles (062.8 Km) -- Toll booth. Toll rates: automobile – 31 pesos; two axles – 62 pesos; 3 axles – 79 pesos; 4 axles – 96 pesos; 5 axles – 116 pesos.

039.1 Miles (063.1 Km) -- Exit for Manzanillo. Road becomes four lanes.

044.1 Miles (071.0 Km)
-- Road goes to two lanes and crosses Puente Tepalcates.

044.9 Miles (072.3 Km)
-- Exit for Campos.

056.7 Miles (091.5 Km)
-- Toll booth. Rates: automobile – 67 pesos; two axles – 134 pesos, 3 axles – 165 pesos, 4 axles – 201 pesos, 5 axles – 227 pesos.

057.1 Miles (092.0 Km)
-- Cutoff for Cuyutlán, just after Km 61 marker.

065.3 Miles (105.2 Km)
-- El Paraiso exit to right just past Km 48 marker. 3.1 meter height restriction.

066.6 Miles (107.3 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Armeria I.

067.5 Miles (108.8 Km)
-- Armeria exit to right.

067.7 Miles (109.1 Km)
-- Enter Colonia A. Salazar after the Armeria exit. We are still on a four-lane divided road with businesses along the sides.

069.2 Miles (111.5 Km)
-- Pemex #4223 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It has good access, even from this lane since there is a retorno for access. No truck parking.

069.8 Miles (112.6 Km)
-- Exit right for Tecomán and L. Cárdenas and Playa Azul. We turn right.

070.4 Miles (113.5 Km)
-- Bienvenidos a Tecomán sign over road. This is a four-lane low-speed boulevard.

071.3 Miles (114.9 Km)
-- Pemex #3375 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It has good access, no truck parking.

072.3 Miles (116.5 Km)
-- Road splits. Tecomán Centro left, Boca de Pascuales and Mex 200 to right. We go right.

072.8 Miles (117.3 Km)
-- A very small and easy to miss sign points left for Playa Azul. We turn left.

073.7 Miles (118.8 Km)
-- We reach the highway and turn right. Immediately after the turn there is a Pemex on the right, it has no sign or number. It has good access. We are out of Tecomán and heading south on a two-lane paved road.

074.0 Miles (119.3 Km)
-- Km 266 marker.

074.8 Miles (120.6 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Tecuanillo.

075.2 Miles (121.2 Km)
-- Sign says Playa Azul 264 km.

076.7 Miles (123.6 Km)
-- Pass through town of Cofradía de Morelos, three topes.

077.0 Miles (124.1 Km)
-- Pemex #5839 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Good access, no truck parking.

087.9 Miles (141.7 Km)
-- Road goes right to Playa Azul, straight goes in to town of Cerro de Ortega. We go right.

090.8 Miles (146.4 Km)
-- Cross Puente Coahuayana. Leaving state of Colima, entering Michoacan.

091.5 Miles (147.5 Km)
-- Cutoff right to Coahuayana.

094.6 Miles (152.5 Km) -- Pemex #3457 on right with Magna and diesel, looks like it will soon have Premium. Small but good access, no truck parking.

094.8 Miles (152.8 Km)
-- El Ranchito to the left, population 13,955.

098.8 Miles (159.4 Km)
-- Playa San Telmo to the right.

101.8 Miles (164.3 Km)
-- San Juan de Lima to the right.

106.3 Miles (171.5 Km)
-- Playa Las Brisas to the right.

110.0 Miles (177.4 Km)
-- Cross Puente Principal. Enter Placita de Morelos, three topes.

110.6 Miles (178.3 Km)
-- Pemex #4802 on the left with Magna and Premium. It has good access and truck parking in front. After Pemex leave town.

117.7 Miles (189.8 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Ostula.

126.0 Miles (203.1 Km)
-- Pass through town of El Faro de Bucerias.

129.7 Miles (209.1 Km)
-- Pass through town of Motín del Oro.

130.3 Miles (210.2 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Motín del Oro.

135.3 Miles (218.1 Km)
-- Pass through town of Colola, three topes.
Road becomes very winding and slow.

150.7 Miles (243.0 Km)
-- Pass through town of Cachán and over Puente Cachán.

161.7 Miles (260.7 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Chocola. Road becomes better.

167.2 Miles (269.6 Km)
-- Pass through town of Tizupan, two topes.

173.3 Miles (279.4 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Cuilala.

180.2 Miles (290.6 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Huahua (or Guagua), road becomes even better after passing through town of Huahua, three topes.

199.6 Miles (321.9 Km)
-- Bridge over river, probably the Neixpa.

202.3 Miles (326.2 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Boca de Campos.

202.6 Miles (326.7 Km)
-- Pass through Caleta de Campos, four topes.

204.5 Miles (329.8 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Teolán.

208.0 Miles (335.4 Km)
-- Pass over Puente La Manzanilla.

210.2 Miles (339.0 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Mexcalhuacán.

218.2 Miles (351.9 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Chula.

219.6 Miles (354.1 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Popoyuta.

222.7 Miles (359.1 Km)
-- Pass through town of Las Peñas, three topes.

225.2 Miles (363.1 Km)
-- Pass through the town of Chucutitan, one tope.

227.4 Miles (366.7 Km)
-- Pass through the town of Solera de Agua, three topes.

233.3 Miles (376.2 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Acalpican and pass through the town of Acalpican, three topes.

234.2 Miles (377.7 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Hwy 37 and Playa Azul, we turn right.

236.8 Miles (381.9 Km)
-- Entering Playa Azul.

236.8 Miles (381.9 Km)
-- Pemex #2583 on the left with Magna, Premium and diesel. Small with OK access but no truck parking.
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See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in this area.
 

Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church

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