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'95 Year of the Earthquake

Posted by daniel c on May 30, 2011, 1:08 pm, in reply to "Re: Real estate sales in La Manz"

Awe I remember it well. The tidal surge ran up into the village two blocks as the local fisherman road their boats up into the river and were dropped off as quickly as they had been pushed by the tidal surge. The quake lasted for 45 seconds and then another shock fo similar duration. I was told 90 homes were ruined. I had not even moved into our new Villa Montana on the hillside and the fear was that the whole hillside had slid. Come to find out only a few tiles had been shift and the hillside that divides north from south LAM saved the day. One of my neighbors houses was split in half as the rift headed north toward the lagoon. Sorry for the digression: '95 was the collapse of the peso and all material prices were frozen so everything was a real bargain if you were building. 8K view lots cheap labor etc. I guess what I'm trying to relate to you is that timing can be everything but if you love la manzanilla there is no better time to buy than now!

I fell in love with LAM in 1982 when my brother suggested we head south from PV (we were spending a month at the old (Burton/Taylor hotel hangout) and show me a place he had visited in the 70's in his earlier adventures in Mexico.

He spoke of a palm tree lined road right off of Hwy. 200, into a magical village on a half-moon shaped bay blessed with the name Bahia de Tenacatita. Azure blue waters and mild waves lapped at the dowtown beach. Bus laods of folks from Guadlajara invaded the village everey weekend-some experiencing the ocean for the first time- it was very festive.

There was one phone at the old Hotel La Manzanilla and we enjoyed freshly caught durado lunches for $5 and fresh oysters offered by the local divers. Back then the downtown village beach area was pretty much all palapa restaurants and the beach to the north was pretty much vacant of any residents.

My brother reminisced about the Grand Hotel up the the beach from LAM before it's demise and the fact that he had stayed there when it was opned and they were shooting a movie while he was there back in the '70's. It must have been quite a grand location before it's eventual demise.



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