SOLD OUT: Idyllic Retreat in Playa Troncones, Mexico–a Small, Quiet Small Beach Town

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Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico
Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024
7 Nights
Level: 1
We rate all trips on a 1 to 5 scale. A designation of 1 would be trips with the least amount of activity, such as our beach trips, where it's up to you if you'd like to be active. Our adventure trips (such as the Inca trail hike) are a 5. Most of our trips are rated 3, for people who don't mind a fair bit of walking.
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Trip Description

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ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT!

Join us at Present Moment Retreat in beautiful Troncones, Mexico for a week of yoga, meditation, surfing, horseback riding, and relaxing at one of the best beaches on the Pacific.

NextTribe members receive $100 off trip price. Join today. 

While it’s still cold in the States, we’ll have a whole boutique hotel to ourselves in this small Mexican village, north of Zihautanejo and Ixtapa.

This women-only retreat in the idyllic beachfront setting has been so popular we’re expanding how often we offer it. Since 2018, women have come from all over the world—some of them not knowing anyone else on the trip—and the bonding is quick and deep.

Learn more about this remarkable retreat at our Virtual Tour of NextTribe’s Favorite Beach. You can watch the video here.

We’re a group of women who are still curious and game. We’re explorers who want to keep learning and challenging ourselves—and we like to have fun. Be ready for walks on the beach with new friends, boogie-boarding in the waves, dance parties, shopping, and a childlike sense of play.

NextTribe founder Jeannie Ralston has adored Troncones for years and wrote about it for the New York Times.

Present Moment Retreat

Our home for the week is Present Moment Retreat, a luxury boutique hotel on the Pacific. The hotel offers top-notch service and accommodations and organic meals. Present Moment staff teach two yoga classes and one meditation session every day. Skilled massage therapists give various kinds of body treatments.

Present Moment has 11 rooms, so it’s an intimate hotel. But it has the amenities and level of service you’d expect at a larger resor

Here's Why the Trip is so Popular

Besides making new friends, practicing yoga, getting massages, and playing in the water or pool, here are some other activities guests love to do in and around Troncones: kayaking trips, snorkeling, hiking to a cave to see ancient petroglyphs, cacao ceremonies, tezmacal sessions, horseback riding on the beach, turtle release program, biking in town, surfing lessons, dancing.

Read just a couple of stories written by guests at past NextTribe beach retreats.

Barbara Lippert in 2022: Feeling Like Excited Kids Again on a Girls’ Beach Retreat

Sarah Gold in 2018: Arriving as Strangers, Leaving as Friends on a Beach Retreat

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Itinerary

Sat., Mar. 9th: Bienvenidos and Welcome Dinner

We all fly into Zihuatanejo airport (ZIH) and get picked up by a trusted driver for the 40 minute drive to Present Moment Retreat on Playa Troncones. We will get settled, explore the property and the beach, then meet for a welcome dinner at Present Moment's gorgeous open air restaurant. Every day, we'll be eating a late breakfast and a scrumptious dinner at the restaurant, which specializes in organic, healthy meals.

Sun., Mar. 10th: Yoga and Sign Up

If you're into yoga, you'll have the opportunity to attend 3 classes a day. If you're not into yoga, there are so many other ways to spend your time--meditating, lounging in a hammock or by the pool, walking on the beach, playing in the surf, shopping in small stores in the beach town, bonding with new friends. We'll also be learning about different body treatments and activities the resort offers and signing up for our favorites.

Mon., Mar. 11th: Boogie Boarding and Other Fun

Our guests love to play in the waves at Playa Troncones because it's one of the best surfs on the Pacific Coast. It's easy to catch a wave after it breaks for a fun ride to the shore. One of our leaders is a boogie boarding expert and has taught a slew of women how to do it.

Tues., Mar. 12th: Kayaking and More

One activity offered by the resort is a kayaking on a scenic lagoon nearby. We'll have the chance to soak in the serene tropical setting and see tons of sea birds and a multitude of iguanas. Other excursions include exploring a sacred cave and hiking to a waterfall and a small village in the mountains.

Wed., Mar. 13th: Body Treatments...Aaaah

Your trip includes one body treatment in a small hut by the ocean. There's no better soundtrack than the sound of rolling waves and the call of sea gulls. The resort's masseuses are highly trained and offer an assortment of specialties, such as Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Thai, Swedish, & Chi Nei Tsang.

Thur., Mar. 14th: Horseback Riding on the Beach

One of the highlights of the week is our horseback ride at sunset. Cantering through the surf, pink from the reflected light of the setting sun, is absolutely divine. If you don't want your horse to run, there are horses that will slowly walk along the beach--still an excellent vantage point to enjoy the sublime setting.

Fri., Mar. 15th: Turtle Release and Farewell Dinner

Every year, one of our most popular and emotional events is working with a local non-profit to release baby turtles into the sea. We have the chance to dig the babies out of their nest and then at the appointed hour, tip our buckets over so that the tiny fledglings can make their way to water. We wait while the babies try out their limbs, figure out the right direction, gather their strength, and then get swept away by a receding wave. For many mothers, it feels like a metaphor for the raising and letting go of children. We'll finish off with a Farewell Dinner at the Present Moment restaurant.

Sat., Mar. 16th: Vaya Con Dios

We'll wake up to the waves one last morning. As we say goodbye to Playa Troncones and our friends at Present Moment Retreat, we'll be leaving with powerful memories, a refreshed spirit, and a whole host of new friends.

Logistics

GETTING HERE

This small community is 40 minutes north of the Zihautanejo airport (ZIH) and is a dream of a beach town.
Fly into ZIH (Zihuatanejo) on your arrival date (always a Saturday). Major carriers that fly into ZIH: American Airlines, United, Delta, Aero Mexico and Alaskan.
Most flights arrive in the afternoon.
No matter what time you arrive, you will be met by a certified and vetted driver who will bring you to the hotel.

SAFETY

NextTribe founder Jeannie Ralston lived in Mexico for 4 years and travels there regularly. She has never had any trouble with crime or safety while in Troncones, which is a quiet beach village, where you’ll feel removed from any concerns about crime. Because it is so small and only one road into the town, locals can keep an eye on who is coming and going.

Troncones is the kind of place where people live in open-air buildings, leave doors unlocked, and bicycles parked on the street without fear of them being taken.

What's Included

  • 7 nights

In the gorgeous Present Moment Resort

  • Breakfasts

  • Dinners

  • One body treatment

  • Daily yoga

  • Daily meditation

  • Transfers from airport

  • Writing workshop

If there is sufficient interest with the group

  • New friendships

Additional Add-Ons

Air conditioned room

$105. Most accommodations are in open-air bungalows with palapa roofs. There are 3 rooms that are air-conditioned in case you'd rather have more control over your room's temperature.

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Present Moment Retreat

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What I love about the NextTribe trips is that there is so much camaraderie of other women that are like you, and then the fabulous things that the organizers puts together to give you that viewpoint, it’s awesome.

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What I love about NextTribe trips is that you get the experience from an insider’s perspective—someone that has ties to the community and focused on building relationships from the start. I’ve been on a trip with another women’s travel group that dropped a guide in, not personally knowing anything about the locale, traditions, or culture. She was there to make sure you showed up on time, got on the bus, etc. With NextTribe, you feel like you’re having a personalized experience with your best girlfriends.

Donna B., Washington

I didn't know anyone going on the trip but that didn't stop me from signing up. I have learned that some of my life's greatest adventures have come from taking a risk and jumping in feet first. So glad I did with NextTribe! I may not have known anybody at the start, but now I feel like I know everybody.

Connie B., Pennsylvania

I love to meet and interact with strong, mature women from across the country as we learn together.

Leslie M., Georgia

I always come by myself on NextTribe trips because I like to meet super fun and interesting women. We're always doing fun and interesting things in great cities that you couldn't do on your own because you wouldn't know the people or places or the insiders.

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NextTribe fills the need I have to travel with older interesting women who are curious about the world and want to share the journey.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s different about your trips?

We curate trips specifically for curious, engaged women over 45. You’re pretty well assured that your fellow travelers will be a lot like you–since you’ve all responded to the idea of “aging boldly.”. That means built-in compatibility in your small group, including the woman who is leading the adventure.. In addition to specializing in group travel for people who don’t normally like group travel, we also pride ourselves on creating experiences that allow you to interact with local women or get deeper into the culture than you would if you planned the trip yourself.

Where do you go?

We have a wide range of weekend jaunts here in the U.S. for those who want a quick getaway. We also love taking women to Mexico, where founder Jeannie Ralston used to live. We’re always talking about pushing boundaries, and we’re doing that in the geographic sense too. For those with more time, we offer trips all over Europe, to India, Vietnam, Peru (for a hike on the inca Trail to Machu Picchu). Soon, our travelers will be getting passport stamps in even more countries on six continents. Be saving those frequent flier miles!

What do you mean by transformational travel?

NextTribe is affiliated with the Transformational Travel Council, an international group of travel professionals dedicated to making the world a better place, one trip and one traveler at a time. We recognize that travelers, especially post-pandemic, are looking for more than just a date and a destination. They can shop for that anywhere online. Our community honors the intention behind a traveler’s investment in a trip. Our travelers want to have fun (we do too!) and to travel with a sense of purpose and belonging. That’s why we go to great lengths to provide ways for women to self-select by reading the articles in our magazine and the content of our website. If you like what you see, you’re likely to be a NextTribe traveler, and we look forward to seeing you on a trip soon!

What if I travel solo?

If you really prefer to book your travel yourself and go it alone, we applaud you. That’s brave and bold and we would never try to talk you out of it. But our trips are designed so that even a woman who’s used to traveling alone, or someone shy about meeting new people, will feel comfortable in our group. Our trip leaders are there to “read the room” and make sure everyone feels included and respected.

What if I don’t like group travel?

We don’t either! Not the way most groups do it. If you feel like doing what the group is doing, great! Join us for dinner or just some of the activities. All the benefits of solo travel and the comfort of being with a group. Our groups are small (normally around 12 to 14 women) and in most situations, you are free to opt out of an activity. We figure you’re grown-ass women who know what’s best for you.

What’s the price range of your trips?

We are committed to providing what we call “affordable-luxury” travel. Don’t expect
the Four Seasons, but who wants to stay in a gilded bubble anyhow? We always look for good value and offer wonderful hotels and memorable experiences that won’t break the bank and will get you closer to how locals live. Our prices depend on the length of the
trip and the destination. We offer domestic trips for under $2,000 for a shared room, which we encourage. If you don’t have a roommate we will match you with someone. Sometimes this has resulted in lasting friendships with new travel buddies., Some of
our longer trips–two weeks in India or Vietnam, for example–will cost between
$4,800 and $6,000.

What’s included in the price?

Our trips cover most everything you’ll need to dive into a destination. Hotels and most meals, plus special experiences such as hands-on classes and sessions with local artists, writers or entrepreneurs are almost always included, but each trip is different so please be sure to read The Experience and the itinerary. We occasionally have an add-on for an extra price, but those are clearly designated. What’s not covered as a rule are airfare, alcohol and tips.

Do you have payment plans?

We sure do. It’s easy to pay for our trips by setting up automatic credit card charges at regular intervals, interest free. Think of it as the layaway plan to feed your soul.

How do I get trip discounts?

Our NextTribe members get a discount on every trip. Plus, members are the first to hear about new trips and receive upgrades on rooms if they’re available. Check out our three different membership levels here.

What’s the average age of women on the trips?

We welcome all women over 45, but most of our travelers are in the 50 to 65 age range. More important than age is the spirit of the traveler–her curiosity about the world, and her eagerness to embrace new opportunities. We’ve found women of any age with those qualities fit in well with our groups.

What’s the activity level of the trips?

Most of our trips are geared for active travelers who like to walk–a rating of 3 on our 1-5 rating scale. Here are some examples of how we rate. A designation of 1 would be our beach trips, where it’s up to you if you’d like to stroll down the beach, or play in the waves or walk around the small town. Trips where we have dedicated transportation for much of the time (such as India) are a 2; Paris is a 3 because we believe the best way to appreciate a city is to view it on foot. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is a 4, because you’ll be walking up some hills (at 6,000 feet altitude) and occasionally on cobblestone sidewalks. Our Inca trail trip is a 5, as are our more adventurous outdoor trips.

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