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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Surprise trip!
Pascale
05/04/2014

On April 26th, Bruce surprised me with a 9 day trip to Cancun for my Birthday. We rented a gorgeous condo at Mareazul in Playa Del Carmen 45 minutes South of Cancun Airport. The place is right on the beach with 300 foot long pool!




We've been enjoying the white sand beaches and turquoise water. We snorkeled in a "Cenote" river that is mostly underground. We did the part that is open to the sky. We also snorkeled with Sea Turltles at Akumal where they feed on sea grass. We went to visit Tulum Mayan Ruins right on the coast.













We'll be back in La Cruz on May 5th.
We'll go into Paradise Village not long after that to leave "Calou" for the summer and fly home at the end of June.

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Patron Saint Festival at La Cruz
04/26/2014, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

We are really enjoying the great little town of La Cruz. They just spent a whole week celebrating Easter, "Semana Santa", and then they continue on for a whole 'nother week of nonstop partying for the festival of the village's patron saint. I can tell you, these people are indefatigable. I'm typing right now at 1 a.m., and can hear the Oompah oompah of the tubas from the town square.

*** CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO ***

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Enjoying La Cruz
Pascale
04/07/2014

We have been in La Cruz for a week now. We are still waiting for our outboard to be fixed and a sun cover to be repaired for our jib.
While waiting, we are enjoying going on walks around La Cruz and surroundings.

Tuesday Tacos at Marina La Cruz






Enjoying Paradise Village after our 9 miles walk from La Cruz

Our new hangout at Vallarta Gardens very close to Marina La Cruz


We are also enjoying our friends Elisabeth and Doug, John and Anita from s/v Hilbre, and Delphine and Robert from s/v Wahkuna.
We went to Masala here in La Cruz for dinner, delicious with an elegant colorful ambiance. The Sunday Market was a blast once again!

Beautiful cat box from the Sunday market in La Cruz


We found a resort with a pool nearby where they allow sailors to use the facilities as long as you order food and drinks. It was easy enough to get in!


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beautiful carved wooden bench
Pascale
04/02/2014, Isla Navidad

One last picture before we leave for La Cruz.

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04/02/2014 | Bruce Powell
the bench is not the most beautiful thing in the photo.
Landing a fish in Banderas Bay
Bruce
03/31/2014, Puerto Vallarta

We caught this fish, a 20 lb. Pacific Crevalle Jack, in Banderas Bay on our way to La Cruz. I cut the meat into chunks and cooked it in butter, with garlic, onions, and chopped green olives, served over couscous seasoned with a spicy sauce. It was delicious.

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Arrival at Tenacatita
03/29/2014

We arrived at Tenacatita Bay and spent the afternoon kayaking and enjoying the beach.



We enjoyed the most spectacular sunset while at anchor.

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Sailing north to Chamela
03/28/2014

We made good time today sailing north from Barra de Navidad to Tenacatita Bay.

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Barra de Navidad
Pascale
03/21/2014


Karaoke Night with good friends Debbie from s/v Sailors Run and Anita and John from s/v Hilbre



Jeff from s/v Sailors Run and Barry from s/v Seaswift having fun!



Another fun night with dear friends!



Walk to our secret beach on Isla Navidad



Antoine our son enjoys our new toy!



Dinner on s/v Sailors Run



Good times on s/v Sailors Run

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03/24/2014 | Richard Helmich
Wow what a site. I have just spent the last hour or so reading your adventures. Would love to add you to my sailblog friends but do not have an email to send to from your site....Keep the post comming. Fair winds and Calms seas.
03/29/2014 | Daryl Silva
Great site ...looks like fun for all.
We are experienced sailors from SF Bay and going to be staying at the Grand bay hotel on Apirl 26
being that close to a marina gives us thoughts of connecting up with some yachties, Any advice
04/01/2014 | Pascale s/v Calou
Hi Daryl,
Too bad we left the Grand Bay already. If you want to meet some cruisers, just come down to the Marina and introduce yourself to the boat owners there and also the Marina has a cocktail hour organized every Thursday and you're welcome there as well.

 

 
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