After a night bus and 2 more buses we arrived in the beach town of Mancora, and it felt good to smell the sea air. Got a very basic, but very cheap room right on the beach for US$10 per night (for both of us).
The weather was warm but overcast, so hung out on the beach and watched the local surfers. Found this one eating spot where we had dinner the first night, and it was so good we went back there for lunch & dinner each day. For 5 pesos (less than $2) you got a fresh fruit juice, some ceviche, which is one of the best foods i've every tried (raw fish marinated in lemon juice with onices, corriander, and tomatoes), and a choice of a main (chicken/fish/beef stir frys on rice).
Mark was happy to see how cheap Appletons rum was here, so it was rude not to buy a bottle and drink it! After a couple of nights we caught the night bus into Equador, which is supposed to be the worst boarder crossing in south america. We were lucky and had no problems.