|Iguanas are a fact of life in Mazatlan. Around the pool at El Cid they would gather around people who were eating and wait, with prehistoric patience for a handout.|
|Looking east toward Isla Cerralvo in the predawn light.|
|Just before the sun rose over the horizon a pod of dolphins passed by.|
|Pelicans roosting on the rocks at Puerto Balandra|
|Pelican in La Paz|
After passing Isla Cerralvo we were approaching the San Lorenzo channel, which separates mainland Baja from Isla Espiritu Santo around 0300. I slowed down to about four knots as we reached the entrance to the channel. It's fairly narrow and there was a lot of ship traffic passing through it, and I didn't want to arrive at our destination of Puerto Balandra in the dark. We transited the channel around 0700 and by 0800 we were anchored in the southwest corner of Balandra and settled back to enjoy a couple of days of snorkeling, sunning and just relaxing. It was hot during the daytime but at night the Coromuel wind showed up, bringing cool air in from the Pacific which lies not far to the west.
Our next stop was Marina Costa Baja, which lies at the entrance to the channel leading into the inner harbor at La Paz. This is a 5 star resort with a marina.
|The bulwarks fold outward on both sides of the hull to provide more lounging space on deck. There are lots of videos of this boat on youtube.|
In a luxury marina full of large and very large mega yachts, Galeocerdo, a Wally 118' motor yacht stood out. It's like a Ferrari of boats, with a top speed of about 70 knots and a price tag of $30 million. With its dark, stealthy gray/green paint and styling reminiscent of an F-117, it looks kind of dangerous. I don't know why anyone would want to spend $30 million on a boat like this, but there you have it. Galeocerdo is the scientific name for Tiger Shark.
|Isla Partida, on the left is separated from the larger Espiritu Santo by a narrow channel. We'll anchor in Ensenada Grande, the large cove near the left end of the islands.|