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El TECUÁN  (The Abandoned Paradise)    www.PlayaElTecuan.com    GPS N19º21´56" W104º54´37"

OLD EL TECUAN FROM THE AIREl Tecuán is an abandoned hotel 9.6 km off the highway at mile marker 33, just 5.5 km north of the junction for playa Tenacatita.  Look for the old Lighthouse sign at the road entrance.  Although officially closed with posted signs, there is vehicle access to this pristine beach area via a paved road.  The property of El Tecuán was given by a former Mexican president to one of the chief generals in Mexico for services to his country.  The general completed the hotel, swimming pool, tennis court and airplane landing strip, but he died before he could finish his "El Tecuán Marina Resort".  The hotel was leased out by his son for a few years, but he had no interest to complete the project, so he closed it down completely about seven years ago.  The thirty-eight room hotel has be vandalized and stripped of anything valuable, but some of it's former glory still shines through.  El Tecuán was the setting for most of the action in the Film "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer", filmed recently. They named the hotel Tower Bay in the movie.  This presidential deeded property (900+ hectors) is currently FOR SALE.     Visitors' Forum    

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BEACH WARNING    Video (Requires QuickTime)

The beaches at El Tecuán are some of the roughest in Costa Alegre due to the exposed shoreline and westerly winds.  Swimming is not recommended when the surf is up as breaking waves and undertows here are dangerous.  The playas are however a perfect place for experienced surfers.

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