|Los Candeleros (where we get wifi on the boat) is at the bottom of the map. |
Puerto Escondido is just west of the northern tip of Isla Danzante.
Loreto is on the mainland Baja just south of Isla Coronados.
We had planned on skipping Loretofest (in Puerto Escondido) this year, but when we left Candeleros to head to Punta Colorada on the southeast side of Isla Carmen (a north wind was predicted) there was an uncomfortable southern lump rolling in. We turned around, checked out Honeymoon Cove (on Isla Danzante), which was full, and ended up heading into Puerto Escondido. We were glad we did! We saw a lot of people we hadn’t seen for a long time, hit the swap meet and bought two fishing poles and some fishing tackle, attended the chili cook-off, and volunteered to work at the food booth. While in P.E. we also topped off our diesel, gasoline and water, and did a little provisioning at Pedro’s store.
|Heading into Puerto Escondido- all set up for Loretofest.|
|Jim manning the food booth.|
|Sunrise in Puerto Escondido.|
When we left P.E Loretofest wasn’t over yet and we were in search of a quiet anchorage to have all to ourselves. We were successful. We spent two nights in Bahia Marquer on the west side of Isla Carmen where we had a quiet two days swimming, fishing and beach exploring. Then to the SE side of Isla Carmen where we spent three nights in the anchorage at Punta Colorada. Lots of reefs and secluded beaches to explore. We even spotted one of the elusive big horned sheep! The water is warming up – getting up to 76 in the afternoons. Great for swimming, but not warm enough to do much snorkeling without a wetsuit.
|Bahia Marquer on the southwest side of Isla Carmen.|
|The Punta Colorada anchorage on the southeast side of Isla Carmen.|
Once Loretofest was over the radio traffic picked up and the anchorages close to P.E started getting crowded. We wanted to head further up the southeast side of Isla Carmen, but northeast winds were predicted for the rest of the week so we decided to head back to Candeleros for a day to do some internet. That’s where we are now. This evening we are heading into Puerto Escondido to do laundry and make a run to Loreto for some supplies. We will be heading north (slowly) in a few days.
There may not be a blog post for quite awhile. I’m not sure when we’ll have wifi again.