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La Cruz/Puerto Vallarta August 23 2010

We spent 52 days the first time and 6 days the second.  We stayed at Marina Riviera Nayarit which claims it is the finest marina in the Pacific Ocean.  It might be.  It was really nice and cost about $23/day.  There were lots of empty slips, even during busy season, and the Puddle Jumpers rate [...]

San Blas August 23 2010

We visited San Blas on the way down from Topolobampo to Puerto Vallarta.  We broke a cardinal rule and approached in the dark.  It was kind of scary as Matanchen Bay is relatively shallow (20′) about 4 miles out.  It maintained a remarkable depth consistency and we anchored in 16′ of water a mile off [...]

Yelapa August 23 2010

We visited Yelapa on  day trip.  If someone tells you that you can anchor there, don’t listen to them.  Use the mooring balls.  Someone will see you coming in and meet you en route and guide you to one.  They want you to eat at their restaurant in exchange.  We agreed to pay them 100 [...]

Tenacatita August 23 2010

We visited Ten Bay twice, on the way to and from Manzanillo.  Tenacatita bay is a huge bay with lots to see and do.  We anchored on the far northern part of the bay with around 5 other boats in 19′ with good holding.  We were near the jungle river tour mentioned in the guidebooks. [...]

Manzanillo August 23 2010

We anchored outside the marina in front of the Las Hadas hotel.  Holding was good and the water was about 18′ deep. The marina office can process your paperwork and they didn’t charge us for that service, which saved a big trip to the Port Captain.  We paid 300 pesos for a week’s pass at [...]

Santa Rosalia June 16 2010

Santa Rosalia is an old copper mining town.  It was the first city in all of latin America to have electricity.  The homes there are made of wood, which makes them look fancy compared to the rest of Mexico. Santa Rosalia has a stone jetty to create its harbor.  It’s old and crumbling but provides [...]

Guaymas June 16 2010

Our plan, heading into Guaymas Harbor, was to anchor near the Marina Singlar, adjacent to the malecon and downtown Guaymas.  The bay here is surprisingly shallow: from nearly the moment you turn in to the outside harbor, miles from the inner harbor, it’s around 40′ deep. As you approach Guaymas it shallows out even more: [...]

San Carlos June 16 2010

The guide  books show 3 different anchorages and a large mooring field, managed by Marina San Carlos.  We initially intended to anchor, but apparently the mooring field has been expanded, cutting into the size of the main anchorage and all but eliminating one other.  Even the little bay listed as an anchorage now has a [...]

Mexican Visitation February 14 2010

If you’re planning on visiting us in Mexico, you’ll need your passport and will need to get your tourist permit when you leave the airport. You’ll also have to go through that random Customs thingy with the button. It’s easier for you if you have a hotel to stay at your first night as they’ll [...]

Mazatlan February 6 2010

Mazatlan: We didn’t visit the port captain here, but were told we’re supposed to announce our arrival at the Old Harbor via VHF. There is a lot of commercial traffic in and out, and the neck of the harbor is tight. They want to know who’s coming and who’s going. We skipped the new marina [...]