Tuesday, January 25, 2011

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle!

Well I know it has been a couple of days since I have last posted about SOMF's sailing adventure, but we are in La Cruz which is located in the northern part of Banderas Bay.  We left San Blas on Tuesday the 18th, we ended up staying a couple of more days than expected because I came down with a little cold and hurt my toe really back on the dingy floor, when Jerry had it out working on the dingy.  It ended up being a good thing, not the cold and toe, but saying longer because we took a bus into Tepic with Meri, Tim and Carolyn from SV Hotspur.  Tepic is the capital of Nayarit, unfortunately we did not get to do much touring, but we did get to do some last minute provisioning at walmart.  Tuesday morning we motored over to the gas dock and fueled up, after about 2 hours and 1300 liters of fuel we left San Blas.

fuel, fuel, fuel

Shiraz on watch
Our first stop was Chacala which was 24 miles south, it was a great motor down with no winds.  Chacala was a little village with an awesome beach.  The only down side was it was quite rolly in the anchorage so everyone puts out their stern an chore, which I have to say is a hassle.  We only stayed 2 nights and one day there, but it was great to run and play on the beach with Skeeter and get ready for our 43 mile trip south to La Cruz. 

Chacala beach

clean, cobblestone streets in Chacala

Carolyn and Jim on SV Hotspur right before they take a dive from the wave on their paddle board
Banderas Bay which means "Bay of Flags" was said to originate when Francisco Cortez arrived here in 1524 and was greeted by natives carrying banners.  This large bay is nearly 20 miles across and 60 miles or coastline.  The bays starts with Punta Mita in the north and ending with Cabo corrientes in the southern most tip, with many towns in between including, but not limited to La Cruz, Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta, and Puerto Vallarta be among the largest. 

La Cruz is among a smaller town which used to be a small little fishing village, but with increase of tourism has even grown.  But out of the other marinas the town of La Cruz is still the place to stay for a more authentic piece of Mexico.  The anchorage of La Cruz is very large, holding more than 50 plus boats which are in the anchorage now.  Again the only down side is it is a little rolly at times, but that is going to be suspect down the pacific coast. 
La Cruz anchorage with about 50 boats

Philo's a major cruising hangout

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