We stayed in Mazatlan a little over a week.
The more we are there the more we like it.
There are many excellent restaurants, a vibrant
arts/theater community, a wonderful colonial
"Old Town", the best and most varied public
transportation that we've seen in any town in Mexico,
(I think I will do a future blog post about the various
forms of public transportation that we have used),
one of the biggest shrimp fleets - thus a great
"shrimp market", almost any yacht service you
could need, big supermarkets within biking distance
from the marina, a wonderful dentist, and best of all:
VERY friendly people.
|Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday "Gila" comes to the|
marina with lots of fresh veggies, homemade tamales, and sometimes
fish or shrimp.
This is our new favorite restaurant in Mazatlan
|The Presidio's version of a caprese salad|
|The "Machado". Mazatlan's central square.|
Decorated for Christmas
Evening Street Scenes
|View of Marina Fonatur and Marina Mazatlan|
|Bob Coffey and Jim riding the "ferry" across the entrance to|
the Marina estuary.
|We got a little detour because the Port Captain was on|
board and wanted to see the entrance so he could decide
whether to close the port that day or not.
The swell can get huge right there making it dangerous to
come or go.
|Our "fruit basket Christmas Tree"|
Soriana is one of the major supermarkets in Mexico.
They were ready for the Christmas rush.
|I don't know if these live trees will have any needles left by|
the time Christmas rolls around.
|Back at the Machado - dinner outside on the square|
|One mode of public transportation - the Red Truck|
This is a Pulmonia. It's a very popular way to get around.
There is even a pulmonia monument on the malecon!
|Leaving Marina Mazatlan.|
On our way to La Cruz via San Blas.
The trip from Mazatlan south to Banderas Bay
is known for being riddled with shrimp boats
and long lines. The shrimp boats stay in fairly close
in 130 - 150' of water and the pangero long liners
are usually deeper so you have to pick which one
you would rather deal with.
When we are doing an overnight passage we choose
to deal with the shrimpers because they have bright lights
and they are bigger than the pangas so
they are better radar targets.
|This is a photo of our radar screen during my middle of the|
night watch. This was the first shrimp fleet we encountered.
We were still north of San Blas.