On 23rd October 2015, Patricia was spinning off the coast of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Just before hurricane Patricia became the record strongest hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, I had travelled to the southwest coast of Jalisco. Barra de Navidad, three hours west from Cihuatlán.
This best kept secret lies along Costa Alegre, also known as the ‘happy coast’, because of it’s beautiful scenery, delicious food and friendly population.
The smell of lime braised fish, melted cheese and mashed avocado make me crave ceviche, tacos and guacamole. Something that I can never stop doing in Mexico, is eat.
Todlers run around playing hide and seek, chasing dogs. Teenagers jump off piers into the water and grandpa wanders through the street, probably searching for his grandchild.
More than ten thousand homes were damaged or destroyed and about one hundred thousand acres of farmland suffered significant damage. Strong winds stripped vegetation off most trees in the area and concrete power poles were knocked down. Coastal flooding lasted several days from the states of Jalisco to Guererro, with damage to structures and beach erosion.
It’s sad to see such a charming little place being damaged so much.