Friday, March 25, 2011

Leaving La Cruz

We finally let go the dock lines and sailed from La Cruz. We’ve had such a wonderful time there, but the time is flying by and we’ve got places to go. We cleared the harbor entrance at 1800 and sailed about nine miles to Punta de Mita where we have anchored for the night. The reason for this short hop is that we can leave early in the morning and make it to our next destination of Mantanchen Bay before nightfall tomorrow. I always prefer to go into a strange anchorage in daylight. Departing from Punta de Mita, we’ll sail on a northeasterly course past Sayulita, Bahia de Jaltemba and Chacala,  and drop anchor well offshore in the shallow Ensenada Mantanchen. It is a world famous surfing area and we hope to get some good waves while there.
Here are some photos of  La Cruz. I am certain we’ll be back sometime in the not-to-distant future. The place is beautiful, the marina excellent, and the local people most friendly. On top of that, the people we’ve met there who are also fulfilling their dreams of living the sailing life have been great companions, drinking buddies, Mexican trainheads, compadres, and just plain friends. So it will always be with a good deal of fondness that we look back on our time there. 
Frigate Bird on a Lamppost

Ya Ya's Restaurant
Good Food, Great Lattes

One of Several Hot Sportfishermen that call La Cruz Home

More Sportfishing Talent
'Calou' is ready to head for the Marquesas
Marina La Cruz. Many of the boats shown have since left, some headed to the South Pacific, some to Central America and some to the Sea of Cortez
Local fishermen sell an astonishing variety of fish at this Mercado del Mar, next to the Marina La Cruz
View from upstairs at the La Cruz Yacht Club. It's a splendid place to have a cool drink and watch those spectacular Banderas Bay Sunsets

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