Off to Mexico
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San PanchoCapt. Crabby
04/11/2012, Riviera Nayarit
Yesterday, we visited the very beautiful beach town of San Francisco, known locally as San Pancho. It is located on the coast between Sayulita and Guayabitos. It is one of the nicest beach towns we have seen yet, very clean and prosperous looking. There is even a polo field with stables full of horses. We had lunch in a very nice restaurant on the beach, and walked all around the town. We watched one of the local men climb a coconut tree to harvest the cocos using just a piece of rope around his waist as a climbing harness. Not OSHA approved, I'm sure.
Rancho BanderasCapt. Crabby
04/05/2012, Near Punta de Mita
On Monday, we went to a beautiful resort on the beach just west of here called Rancho Banderas. They had a promo for day use for $200 pesos per person ($16.00 US) for which you got a $100 peso credit toward food and drinks. We spent the day there with Frank and Stephanie from "Endless Summer" and had a great time. There was a beautiful pool and beach and a wonderful restaurant where we had a very nice dinner.
Punta de MitaCapt. Crabby
04/01/2012, Banderas Bay, Nayarit
On Wednesday we sailed over to Punta de Mita at the west end of Banderas Bay, accompanied by Frank and Stephanie on "Endless Summer". We spent two nights there, a went ashore a couple of times. It's a cute little town with some very upscale gringo condos as well as a Four Seasons golf resort-very exclusive.
03/26/2012, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Friday PM last, we returned from a 4-day excursion to Guadalajara. It was a really nice trip, about 4 hours on a really nice, comfortable A/C bus with movies, bathrooms and comfortable seats. The price was about $50 US round trip-very reasonable. We got a beautiful room in a very eclectic B&B type place owned by an American landscape architect. The gardens were gorgeous, and our large suite had a beautiful private patio that was about 30X50'. We were just a few blocks from the historic district, which is really scenic with really cool horse-drawn carriages for sightseeing. Robert, the owner of our B&B, turned us on to some local restaurants that had great food, really cheap. Eating out is so reasonable here that we rarely cook on the boat.
C-Monkey meets his cousinCapt. Crabby
03/19/2012, Puerto Vallarta
Last Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, (and also my granddaughter Keeley's B-day), we took the bus to Puerto Vallarta to go to an Irish Pub with with Frank and Stephanie from "Endless Summer". While touring the Malecon, we found C-Monkey's cousin, called Sea Monkey. They had a great family reunion. Okay, I know this C-Monkey stuff is getting a bit much, but Jeanette's really gotten into it!