Monday, January 31, 2011

Bahia Chemala

We left La Cruz at 9:30 pm on 1/25 and had the anchor down at 4PM off of the town of Perula in Bahia Chemala on 1/26. (about 100 miles south of PV)

This is a beautiful bay with a great beach for walkng and several islands out in the middle to explore or go snorkeling, AND a very good hardware store, AND we can get wifi from the cockpit!
The town has several palapa restaurants on the beach and a few tiendas on the main street.
Jim looking for a specific plumbing part - everyone in the shop got involved.

The fishermen bring their pangas right up on the beach - no panga dock here!

Exploring one of the islands
out in the bay.
Lots of crabs
Lots of cacti and pelicans nesting.
...and boobies sitting on cactus plants.

Monday, January 24, 2011

La Cruz

We left Paradise Village Marina (in Nuevo Vallarta) on 1/11/11 and sailed to La Cruz – just across Banderas Bay. It’s a great anchorage, has a good marina, and it’s a great little town.
Looking out at the anchorage and Marina from the LaCruz YC
Lots of cruisers here - both anchored out and in the marina. There’s a boat yard, sail loft, canvas shop, lots of restaurants with live music in the evenings, several small tiendas,  a very inexpensive laundry, a fish market right by the dinghy dock, free movie night at the amphitheater on the breakwater every Thursday, a Wednesday market, a Sunday market, $2 showers at the marina, a fuel dock with diesel and gasoline and good water to fill the tanks.
Cruiser's potluck at the LaCruz YC.
One of the local restaurants/bars.

The Blessing of the Fleet Celebration - with live music 
and a decorated panga parade.

Great shrimp from the local fishermen.

Sunday market in the zocalo

Our favorite internet cafe.

While in La Cruz we got our FM3 visas which allow us to stay in the country for a year and are renewable annually for 10 years. This involved lots of paperwork and 3 full days going to the immigration office in Bucerias – most of the time spent was waiting in line.  

We also went to Los Arcos to snorkel and Punta de Mita for a couple of nights. 
Looking at the anchorage from the Punta de Mita beach.

Panga Beach in Punta de Mita

We’ve met lots of great people  here. It would be easy to stay, but we are anxious to move on – heading south to warmer water tonight.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Week in Paradise Village Marina

1/4/11  After checking out of the condo we moved back to the boat in Nuevo Vallarta. It was actually good to get “home”.  While still in PV we went to the dermatologist, got new prescription glasses, had a mammography, re-provisioned, and applied for our FM3 tourist visa  which will allow us to stay in Mexico for longer than 180 days. We need to wait 2 weeks for it so on 1/11/11 we moved to La Cruz and are anchored out. We’ll continue to explore Banderas Bay from here.

A few pictures while we were at Paradise Village Marina:
View from the cockpit
A baby iguana and giant iguana

View from the top of our mast (taken by Drew)
Our internet cafe - right up the dock
At home at the dock
The Vallarta Yacht Club has wifi, food and drinks

There is a "zoo" at Paradise Village - they have a very successful Bengal Tiger breeding program

Monday, January 3, 2011

Puerto Vallarta

We arrived in Nuevo Vallarta (Paradise Village Marina) on 12/19/10, got the boat squared away and then headed for the condo in PV on Monday, 12/20. Drew arrived that afternoon.

Our condo has a turtle-release program and we got to participate in the release of newly hatched turtles.

We rented a jeep one day and drove north to Sayulita,

and Rincon de Guayabitos

and then off-roading to Alta Vista Archeological Sacred Site. 

We went as far as we could by car and then hiked a mile
 and a half to the site.
Jaime and Jaimito were mending a fence along
the path and offered to show us the way.

The petroglyphs were amazing

  The spring/amphetheater at the end of the trail were beautiful.
This is where offerings are still made by the Huichol Indians.

Kelsey and RL arrived Christmas Eve in the afternoon and Joe, MaryLou and Matt Upton joined us for dinner.

After Christmas we explored the city and bought hats. On the 26th we sailed to La Cruz, had dinner at Tacos On The Street and spent the night at the marina.

We headed back to Paradise Village Marina In Nuevo Vallarta the next morning and on the way encountered a humpback whale and her baby. She made sure she stayed between us and the baby. They swam next to us for quite a while and then she actually started nursing the baby!

Humpback mom in Banderas Bay

When we got back to the marina Jim hoisted Drew up the mast to take pictures, clean the masthead light lenses that were covered with dirt from the Turtle Bay dust storm - AND he cleaned the dirt off the rigging on the way down!

Drew left on the 28th and Kelsey and RL left on the 29th. We'll have a few more days at the condo and then move back to the boat. The plan is to go to La Cruz for a few days and then start working our way south again.