cristo jesus xIf you are not eating out, there are a number of grocery stores in the village of Barra de Potosi that carry the basics. The largest one is Cristo Jesus but there are several others. In addition to groceries, they have beer and alcohol and limited fresh produce.

A local lady named Carmen has a fresh produce stand located next to the taxi stand and brings fruits and vegetables from Zihuatanejo. You can make special requests a day or two in advance and she will get what you want, if she doesn’t carry it and it is available.

Barra fruit & vegetable stand

Several times a week, a produce truck drives down the beach road.  Ask a local to give you the current schedule. The truck will stop if you ask and you can buy on the spot. They have a large variety of fruit, veggies and eggs – just ask if you don’t see it. Take a shopping bag or two with you to make it easier to carry your purchases.

Veggie truck

We have a tortilla shop on the first street of the village, about two blocks in. There is an open window. The tortillas are machine made. It is open in the morning through lunch time.

Early every morning a special treat is available;  a man on his bike passes along the beach road selling fresh baked bollios (warm rolls).  Listen for his call ‘bollios”.

The Bolillo Man,bread roll delivery

If you like your fish fresh, just go down to the beach at the mouth of the lagoon around 8 in the morning when the pangas come in.  You can buy directly from the fishermen along with the enramada owners who will be there looking for the prize fish.  Payo, a local lady, also has fresh fish at her house on Church Street.  Any local can give you directions.

Don’t forget to try the coconuts.  The area was once almost entirely groves of coco trees and countless trees remain.  The enramadas, groceries and various stands all sell fresh cocos.  The most popular way to enjoy them is to drink the pure fresh coco water straight out of the shell with a straw.SM's cocos

For major grocery shopping, Commercial Mexicana in Zihuatanejo is the best American style supermarket in the area. The main market in downtown Zihua is also interesting to explore and there you will find a wide array of fresh fish and produce. Zihuatanejo is about a 25 minute drive.