Sirena

"Sail fast and live slow"

09 December 2013
02 December 2013
17 May 2013 | La Paz
13 May 2013 | Mazatlan
10 December 2012
03 December 2012
03 December 2012 | twenty miles from Loreto
03 December 2012 | Santa Rosalia to Santo Domingo
13 November 2012 | Puerto Escondido
13 November 2012 | Santa Rosalia
01 May 2012 | Mazatlan, Mx
29 April 2012
07 April 2012 | Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
11 March 2012

Panama City

09 March 2012
Connit, hot and humid
Panama City
We flew from David, Panama to Panama City and it was quite a sight to see as we flew over 100’s of tankers and freighters anchored and waiting their turn to transit the canal. Also, the skyline full of high rise buildings was a surprise to see. I had no idea Panama City was so full of high rises, it looked like Miami. Actually, we talked to a man from Florida at our hotel and he said Panama had more high rises than Miami! We found out that most of these high rises have been built in the last 10-12 years, since Panama took over running the canal from the U.S. in 1999. There are also many new buildings under construction. As I looked across the city from our 7th floor hotel room I counted about 8 cranes working on new buildings. Panama appears to be very prosperous and there are many Americans living and working here. Along with the big city, comes big traffic congestion! Looking down from our hotel room one evening around rush hour, all we could see was gridlock. The 4 lane main street was barely moving, the side streets were backed up waiting to get into the main street, and other cross streets were backed up waiting to get into the side streets that led to the main street: total gridlock!! Our hotel was located about 3 blocks from the harbor and had about 12-15 restaurants in a 2 block radius. We had lots of choices of good restaurants to walk to, which was nice. We saw 3 marinas and 3 anchorages. The marinas were full. One of the anchorages near the entrance to the canal was where private sailboats and powerboats waited their turn to go through the canal. We went to the Mira Flores locks to watch the boats go through the canal. There was a viewing area right next to the locks where we were “up close and personal” with the ships going through. It was a great vantage point where the boats were at eye level and we looked down on the canal. Right when we got there we were lucky to have a ship coming in to the locks and it was a big car carrier that was the biggest size ship that will fit in the locks. It dwarfed the locks and looked like it had about 1 foot of room on each side of it. It was interesting to watch the whole sequence as it moved forward into the lock with the “mules” on each side of it keeping it centered in the lock, then slowly rising with the water level, then the gates opened and it moved into the next lock. It was interesting to learn that the water flowed from the high lock to the lower lock strictly by gravity, there were no pumps involved. After the big car carrier came into the lock then 2 tour boats came in side by side with plenty of room around them and they looked small in the lock whereas the car carrier had filled the lock. There was a museum and a movie that showed the history of making the canal that was very good. After this we went to Casco Viejo which is the old colonial part of Panama. It had beautiful churches, monuments, statues, and an old theater. The architecture of the buildings was quite beautiful and we had lunch in a small restaurant on the plaza and enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere. We enjoyed Panama City very much, but after a few days in the hustle and bustle of a big city we were ready to move on to Ecuador.
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Vessel Name: Sirena
Vessel Make/Model: Cardinal 46
Hailing Port: Newport Beach, CA
Crew: Ed and Connie Quesada
About: Ed and Connie have been sailing together for over 44 years and have sailed on Sirena for over 22 years. Sirena has been to Mexico many times before. We plan an extended vacation to Mexico for four or more months. Stay tune as we take our time through the warm weather down south.
Extra: Slow cruising through Mexican waters
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Sirena's Photos - Main
photos of the marina, Palapa, & Condos. Also El Quilite for lunch and the art walk.
27 Photos
Created 9 December 2013
photos of clouds, s/v Chalet Mer, pelican, sunrise in Muertos
11 Photos
Created 2 December 2013
photos in Partida anchorage and La Paz Revolution Day Parade
44 Photos
Created 1 December 2013
photos of Agua Verde and Sirena towing another sailboat, Dorados that Ed caught, San Evaristo and goats in panga and going to market
27 Photos
Created 22 November 2013
photos in San Carlos and La Picazon restaurant near Isla Coronado
22 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
21 Photos
Created 18 May 2013
11 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
28 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
photos of floats in parade and fireworks. statue of Marcel Marceau on the Malecon is in most of the float pictures.
28 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
12 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
photos of San Evaristo, Isla San Francisco, and Ensenada Grande
19 Photos
Created 10 December 2012
photos around the beautiful anchorage and Thanksgiving dinner aboard Sirena
29 Photos
Created 8 December 2012
photos of Baja's lush greenery
11 Photos
Created 8 December 2012
photos of the mission, it's cemetary, the town of San Javier, and the scenic drive in the mountains
40 Photos
Created 3 December 2012
photos of clouds, rain, and boat storm preparation
8 Photos
Created 13 November 2012
photos of the town of Banos and nearby waterfalls
52 Photos
Created 29 April 2012
Photos of the beach, boat, and iguanas on the sand and in the water
20 Photos
Created 7 April 2012
photos of tortoises, lava tube, craters, beach, and iguana
38 Photos
Created 15 March 2012
photos of Quito from the top of the Teleferico, the center of the world monument, and historic old town
24 Photos
Created 11 March 2012
Photos of the city skyline, the canal, and old town
51 Photos
Created 9 March 2012
photos around the bay, Land Sea marina and cruisers lounge
23 Photos
Created 5 March 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 February 2012
5 Photos
Created 26 February 2012
8 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
photos of the bay, Tambor town, Montezuma, waterfalls, and Butterfly place
42 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
14 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
12 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
photos of entering over the bar, marina, and pool. picture of odd looking fruit is actually cashews. the nut grows on the outside of the fruit
14 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
panga ride in the river estuary and lunch stop
18 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
photos of the cathedral, zocalo, San Diego Fort, riding horses on the beach, and the marina and pool.
20 Photos
Created 30 January 2012
photos around the bay, the cliffdivers, and Las Brisas restaurant
23 Photos
Created 29 January 2012
photos around town and the bay, and Panta Rhei at anchor
20 Photos
Created 28 January 2012
photos of Ixtapa marina, beach, and Bogarts restaurant
14 Photos
Created 27 January 2012
photos around Barra, at the pool, in the water taxi, and the treehouse restaurant
10 Photos
Created 26 January 2012
ultra lights, and hang gliders over the main beach
11 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
photos of the canyons, Hotel El Mirador, and the zip line
40 Photos
Created 23 November 2011
photos of Indians and their homes, churches, Valley of the Mushrooms, and Cusarare waterfall
40 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
photos of the ranch, Yogi Bear, horsebackriding, canyon views and road down to Urique
46 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
photos at Posada de Hidalgo hotel in El Fuerte, including a sword fight with Zorro, and train ride.
25 Photos
Created 11 November 2011
photos of Bahia Candeleros and Villa del Palmar resort, and Ed and the Dorado he caught
23 Photos
Created 31 October 2011
photos around town, marina, church, mining museum, library
34 Photos
Created 27 October 2011
photos of Santispac, our friend Jerry's rock house, whale sharks
26 Photos
Created 5 June 2011
photos of San Juanico bay and cruisers' shrine tree
20 Photos
Created 2 June 2011
photos of the anchorage and the lagoon with Mangroves
7 Photos
Created 31 May 2011
photos leaving Puerto Escondido through the narrow entrance (60' wide) and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante (Dancer Island)
9 Photos
Created 30 May 2011
24 Photos
Created 14 May 2011
photos from 4 anchorages along the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez
23 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
9 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
14 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
photos around Los Suenos resort and train room
16 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
photos of El Cid Marina and pool and downtown Mazatlan
17 Photos
Created 10 May 2011
photos around Santiago Bay and the bottom cleaning fish
8 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
14 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
pictures around Barra, the Grand Bay Hotel, and the Mardi Gras parade
21 Photos
Created 6 March 2011
pictures of Tenacatita Bay and jungle cruise
13 Photos
Created 2 March 2011
anchored in Playa Rosa in Careyes
14 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
7 Photos
Created 19 February 2011
Super Bowl, Tacos in the Street, Chamela Bay
10 Photos
Created 18 February 2011
Day trip to Puerta Vallarta and acrobatic show on a sailboat
20 Photos
Created 4 February 2011
A day trip to Sayulita and dinner and dancing at Philo's
17 Photos
Created 29 January 2011
marina and town of La Cruz, blessing of the fishing fleet, and festival in Bucerias
34 Photos
Created 25 January 2011
14 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
6 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
19 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
6 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
Mexico adventures on Sirena
5 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 17 October 2010

Ed and Connie

Who: Ed and Connie Quesada
Port: Newport Beach, CA