To the Mexican Beach

The Beach Santa Barbara

This essay is part of the Beach Week series on the Tiki Tiki.

yvonne condes on tiki tikiBy Yvonne Condes

Every summer, we would pile into whatever car my dad had at the time and drive directly south. The temperatures were in the 100s and it would just get hotter as we drove from Tucson, across the Arizona/Mexico border into Sonora.

The drive to the beach was about 8 hours and sometimes we’d stop along the way. My favorite detour was to buy what I think was Leche Quemada, it was a milky vanilla fudge that we would get from a street vendor. I wasn’t allowed to have sugar very often so it was what I looked forward to the most.

When we got to the beach (it was always a different location in San Carlos or Guaymas) we would head directly to the water. It was never as refreshing as we had dreamed it would be and the sand was always burning hot.

My brothers, sister, cousins, and I would spend days in the water and on the sand. I remember hearing the warning over and over to slide our feet so we didn’t step on a jelly fish. I remember peeling the skin off my shoulders from the sunburn. I remember downing water and juice to stay hydrated.

What I remember most was sitting on the beach with the kids after the sun went down and staring at the water hoping and fearing that we would see La Llorona. We spent hours there. We would hear our parents’ voices coming from the house or condo or wherever we were staying at getting louder and more animated as they drank through the night.

We would stay on the beach for about a week and then drive home. I don’t know which trip was our last or why we stopped going. I wish I would have known so I could have taken a picture. But instead I have snippets of a memory of one long beautiful trip.

Yvonne is a journalist by trade and a blogger by night. At YvonneInLA she writes about life in Los Angeles with her two adorable boys, food and restaurants, a little bit of politics, and Latino issues. She loves creating gluten-free recipes, running marathons, and traveling. She also is the co-founder of, and also writes for various online sites.

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Nicole says:

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of our drives down the shore. What a magical time. I hope my daughter has similar ones when she grows up.

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Tania luviano says:

I have the best memories, vacationing with my parents and sisters, and want to create the same memories for my kids.

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Pamela P. says:

A lovely post about childhood and the beach. It reminded me of family road trips to San Felipe and the Sea of Cortez when I was little. Thanks for the memory!

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Maria Amelia says:

Sometimes memories are better than photos, Yvonne. Your memory will always highlight those moments which were most special to you. Photos can sometimes make you forget the subtle stuff. Beautiful post.

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ says:

We used to go to Virginia Beach every summer. A fan full of 5 kids and two jovial parents made for an exciting time. However, the only memorable visit was one summer when my then 2 year old brother (now 28) was hit by a cyclist and we had to rush him to the ER. The cyclist was a jack arse and kept riding.

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Yvonne Condes says:

That’s terrible! Your poor brother.

Love Virginia Beach, I went there with my first boyfriend. Nice that your parents were jovial on your trips. Mine were not so jovial with 4 kids bickering for 8 hours.

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Yvonne Condes says:

Thank you!

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Yvonne Condes says:

So true, memories are better. Thank you!

Posted on July 6th, 2012

OCMomActivities - Katie says:

What beautiful memories to be left with though!!!

Posted on July 6th, 2012

pattie says:

Love it! What a great vacation. I’m in So. Cal. and the beach is great and all, but it would be so much better if we were at a beach somewhere else LOL

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Shelby Barone says:

This place sounds amazing! What a great memory!

Posted on July 8th, 2012

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