What time can I check into our villa? Our Villa is available for check in at 4:30 pm. Please be sure to not arrive any earlier as we would not be ready to welcome you properly!
What should I back for the Retreat? - Beach towel (or purchase one in La Manzanilla) - Washcloth (our villa will have pool and bath towels for you) - Sunscreen unless you want to buy it there - Bug repellent unless you want to buy it there - Prescription medicine - Sun glasses - Ibuprofen, Aleve, or your choice of moderate pain medication - Swimsuit - Sun hat (though there are cute ones there you can buy) - Walking shoes - Flip flops - A light sweater, or some sort of light layer for the evenings - two or three summer outfits (the villa has a washer and dryer). Please note that La Manzanilla is a fishing village and not a resort town. The dress code is very casual.
What is the outlet power? The power outlets are the same in La Manzanilla as in the United States.
Can I use my debit/credit cards in La Manzanilla? Pesos are the only currency used in La Manzailla. You can buy pesos at home or at the airports along the way.
Be sure to let your debit/credit card company know you will be traveling to Mexico so that your card may work while you are traveling.
Is there wi-fi in La Manzanilla? While the Vvlla has wi-fi, we request that in order to benefit fully from our time together, participants limit their use to an hour after dinner, and set their phone to airplane mode during class. If this will be a challenge for you, please talk with us ahead of time. We feel strongly that being fully present with your experience will greatly enhance its benefits.
What is the time difference? La Manzanilla is two hours ahead of Seattle time.
How much money should I bring? $10.00 U.S. equals 190 Mexican pesos. Please bring enough pesos for the entire week. If you should run out you can take a 20-minute bus ride to Melaque and use the ATM machine, although there will be limited time for you to do so. You can purchase your pesos at home, or at the airports along the way. I usually purchase mine at the Manzanillo airport.
Here is a suggested budget:
Taxi ride to and from airport which you may be able to share. The taxi holds three plus driver. - $120 Meals out - $150 Optional whale watching tour - $50 Optional mangrove watching tour - $30 Plus extra for the Friday market and anything you may want to bring home, Any emergency money you may feel comfortable taking with you.
Are there Tours we can take? Yes we offer two tours: Whale watching: You will leave from the village at 8 a.m. on one of our non- class days, and be gone until around noon. It is an open skiff and is a comfortable ride. They give us life jackets and binoculars. They try their best to find the humpback whales and other water life. Either way it is a delightful morning on the water.
Mangrove tour: You will leave at 5 p.m. on one of our non- class days, and the tour goes until sunset. We are paddled through the Mangrove by excellent tour guides and we will definitely spot lots of wild life! They provide us with binoculars and an identification booklet. Please let me know a couple weeks before our Retreat, if you would like to go on either of these tours so I can reserve us boats.
What information should I have as I enter Mexico at the Manzanillo Airport? They will ask you where you are staying. Our villa is Casa Golondrinas on Calle Careyes Sur. You will also need this information for your taxi driver, so keep it with your passport.
Directions to Casa Golondrinas: You will come into town onto the main street of Calle Maria Asuncion. Stay on Calle Maria Asuncion through town until you reach Call Boca del Rio Oriente. Turn left onto Calle Boca del Rio Oriente. Stay on Calle Boca del Rio Oriente as it winds to the left and becomes Calle Boca Rio Sur. Stay on Calle Boca Rio Sur until you come to a steep driveway-like road on your right, which is Calle Careyes Sur. I will have a Happiness T-shirt hanging there so you will know you have arrived. Have your taxi driver drive up to the top of the steep road (one block long) and if you offer your driver extra pesos and ask nicely, he will carry your baggage up the stairs to the house
One last thing - If you haven’t sent it in already please return your signed Waiver as well as a copy of your passport.
As always, Carol Miner will be by my side as “Happiness Support Specialist” to make sure all your needs are addressed. Carol will take care of anything you may need in the world of logistics (help with travel plans, local information or a Tylenol).