Hola from Guaybitos
19 December 2010
Hola from Guaybitos
We are at anchor just off the point of Rincon de Guaybitos. Actually the cruising guides refer to this area as Bahia de Jaltemba, but there are three separate communities, Ayala, Rinon de Guaybitos and Jaltemba, and the guides don't do them justice. We arrived early the afternoon of the 16th from Chacala after a leisurely 8 nm run down the coast, motoring slowly in zero wind and flat seas to take longer and allow us to charge batteries and make water. After arriving we have spoken to a few American and Canadian "locals", who are here for the winter months and got the lay of the land from them.
This place reportedly was developed as a resort destination for the Mexican populations from Guadalajara and Mexico City, then discovered by the Americans, later to be forgotten by us and taken over by the Canadians, but again now seems largely abandoned and left to the Mexicans. It is well developed with small hotels and restaurants along the beaches of each community. Our primary cruising guide, "Pacific Mexico" by Breeding and Bansmer give this place a decent review, Rains "Mexico Boating Guide" gives it about one paragraph and "Charlie's" description is OK, but we think none of them individually or collectively really do it justice. Anyway, we found this to be a "delightful" spot. We took the dinghy into Guaybitos yesterday and found the small community quite clean and user friendly. Sadly, this place like everywhere we are stopping is not very busy. I have to assume that their tourism is off down here because of the overall state of the economy and to the negative press the US media is churning out regarding personal security in Mexico. Everyone we have encountered down here says the same thing; that generally Mexico is being unnecessarily beaten up with negative hype. People have been really wonderful thus far and we feel very safe.
It's fun when you wake up in the morning and hear all the beach activities, tourists are the same everywhere. The Mexican music starts early and it's fun, not the rap type "boom-boom" stuff of Cabo. We are anchored about ¼ mile off the beach, maybe a little further, but you can't tell from your GPS because the coast line is not accurately depicted. According to the new Garmin chip I have we are on dry ground and my other one is very vague with little coastal charting detail. You really have to watch your depth sounder when working your way in to anchor. We dropped our hook in 10 feet of water and again here it has been calm, light breezes, perfect temps and no bugs. There are only two other boats here with us and no one at either of the other two area anchorages. Howard and Lynn, our Canadian cruising friends, and another boat that looks like a single hander who has kept to himself are here.
We are close enough to row the dinghy everywhere, for the exercise and this morning Marisa and I paddled the kayak and paddle board around the point to the beach at Ayala. We found it even nicer there than here, it's much smaller, the beach and water seem cleaner. We took a mid day paddle break and shared a "Ballena" at a beach cantina and a skewer of bar-b-que shrimps, just like in the cruising guide photos! We made an appointment with Howard and Lynn to have dinner Friday in town at one of two places recommended by one of the locals we met. It turns out we actually found it, restaurant "El Campanario" and it was fabulous! Clean, great food at a good price (about $35 US for shrimp dinners with wine), and live music too. We are still having problems connecting with Wi Fi to the internet. We can pick up a lot of signals but again we are finding that they are all locked and this time we did not find one on the beach that we could buy a beer and get the code from; I guess we need to buy more beer? It seems that they have learned down here that their Wi-Fi signal is something that they can make a few pesos on and have largely locked them up. Bummer.
A technical note for our readers. Our solar panels seem to be producing about 4- 6 amps with a maximum observed of 7, which is good. We had hoped for more 7 or 8, closer to max, but that's probably hoping for too much. What a great deal, thanks Tim & Michelle for turning us on to them and to Mark and Bill for their assistance in setting them up. We will have to post a couple of photos of the tilting mounting arrangement. Also, a plug for interior solar lighting: We got a tip from Buzz and Deb (Eos) on B-dock at home about the interior lighting they were using. It turns out they got the tip from Mike and Julie (Slacker) who were when last heard from down in Tenacatita. Anyway, the tip is the product Sensibulb, LED light bulbs for your boat. A great product that produces a really good, clean and powerful LED energy efficient light source for replacement in your existing cabin fixture lights. Great tip, wish I had purchased more. Thanks guys!
We have enjoyed this stretch of coast but we will be leaving this anchorage tomorrow, Saturday, and heading the 20 or so miles down the coast to Punta Mita. We are looking forward to getting to Bandaras Bay to hook up with Sirocco and So Inclined and hopefully into the marina at La Cruz for Christmas. Who knows, C-Monkey may even come to see us for the holidays? We kinda miss that little chimp, although our banana consumption has gone way down.
Catch up with you soon!