Sunday, February 12, 2017

La Cruz to Manzanillo

We left La Cruz on January 12th and spent about
five weeks getting to Manzanillo before we
turned around to start heading north.
We are now in Barra de Navidad.
The sun was just coming up as we left Marina La Cruz and
made our way through the very crowded anchorage on
January 12th. We were headed to Punta Ipala (a day passage)
around the corner south of Banderas Bay, or Bahia Chemala
(an overnight) if the weather wasn't good for anchoring at Ipala.
See the photos from our cruising guide below.

Sunset view from the cockpit at Punta Ipala where
we were able to anchor and get a very good sleep.

One of the shrimp boats we encountered on our way to Chemala
from Ipala.  We spent a couple of nights in Bahia Chemala, but
never went ashore. We caught up on sleep and boat chores
before we headed to Tenacatita on January 15th.
We were in Tenacatita for a little over two weeks.
The weather was a bit overcast some of the time,
but the water hovered around 80 degrees, 
the surf was quite small so dinghy landings on the beach 
were a cinch, and most mornings it was calm enough
to do some long paddles on the SUPs.
We were quite busy in Tenacatita:
The Women's March in La Manzanilla
on January 21,
Ten o'clock group paddles,
1:30 swim to the beach,
2:00 Bocce Ball on the beach or a
friendly game of Mexican Train in 
the Palapa restaurant,
3:30 social/happy hour in the Palapa Restaurant,
The Annual La Manzanilla Art Walk on 
January 29th.
This is all fun and very low key, but
after two+ weeks it was time for
a breather.

La Manzanilla is a small town across Tenacatita Bay from
the anchorage. Eight of us hired Juan and his panga to take us
to La Manz for the Women's March and we spent the day there.

View of La Manz from the panga.
The streets aren't too busy at eight in the morning.

We had breakfast at this restaurant across from the plaza.

The March through town.

The rally in the square at the end of the March.
We had time to actually go through the whole
Crocodile Reserve at the estuary near
one end of the town. Cost was 25 pesos per 
person ($1.25)
We think maybe they should charge
a bit more so they would have more money
for upkeep.

We felt like we might be risking our lives
climbing up this view tower, but it was more
stable than it looks and the view was great.

This suspension bridge was the scariest.

The crocodile nursery.

A Tenacatita Sunrise
These two privately owned yachts were 
buddy boating and spent several days in Tenacatita
while we were there.

Eos - the largest cruising sailing yacht in the world.
305 feet

The Rising Sun -
(notice the VERY LARGE inflatable tender that looks VERY SMALL)
454 feet
The Annual La Manzanilla Art Walk was on
January 29th and there were enough boats anchored
in Tenacatita that Juan made three trips back
and forth. 
There were approximately 20 venues - some
in the artist's homes:
The La Manzanilla School


While we were there we did some provisioning:

And had lunch on the beach w/friends:

Our waiter....notice the hat.

One of our "finds" in La Manzanilla.

Resident dolphins in the Tenacatita anchorage.

Getting ready for bocce ball.

A fish ball lived under Loomba-Loomba for much of the
time we were anchored in Tenacatita.
Last stop before turning around was Santiago Bay
where we stayed for a little over a week.
Mexican Constitution Day (a three day weekend)
happened while we were there so the beach
and bay were alive with people, jet skiis, tour boats,
pangas pulling bananas, all kinds of vendors 
(including ice cream), and
music.  Quite fun! 

We went to the Saturday market in the town of Santiago.
View from the bus stop.

The local bus to the market.

I was tempted, but did not buy.
The Constitution Day weekend in Santiago Bay:

One day we went to lunch at one of the beach
 palapa restaurants with the other three boats
who were anchored with us.

We had not been to Manzanillo for a few years,
so one day we took the long bus ride into the
BIG city to go to the bank and look around. 
 The restaurant where we wanted to 
have lunch was closed and
they are building a new freeway, but most 
everything else looks the same.
Manzanillo is the largest shipping port in Mexico.
These pictures are of "Old Town" or "Centro".

We left Santiago Bay on February 9th,
spent three peaceful nights in Melaque,
and now we are in Barra de Navidad.