Bookmark and Share
Tenacatitia Bay
01/15/2011, Tenacatitia Bay

Well it's been close to a week and we are still here and still really loving it. We have been swimming or snorkling every day and doing a fair bit of socializing too. There are about 13 boats in the anchorage right now. Last night we had a dingy raft up where everyone ties their dingys together and we sit and gab and pass appetizers around. Great fun. Today there is a bachii (spelling??) ball game on the beach.
The other really great thing about here is the marine life has been great. There are humpback whales in the bay fairly often and you can see them jumping out of the water from the anchorage. A pod of dolphins came through the other day chasing fish for their dinner. And there is one dolphin in particular that comes through about once a day and his name is Chippy due to having a chunk of fin missing on his dorsal fin. He seems to pick one boat every time he comes in and just spends his time circling that boat and sometimes rubbing on the anchor chain. Very entertaining. Ian had dolphin envy as the first few days he didn't come near our boat. When he finally did, Ian was off fishing. He did get back towards the end of the time the dolphin was there.
We were in the little village of La Manzanilla the other day visiting with a friend from Vancouver, Al Vroom and his friend Judy. They are building a beautiful house there and I don't think it has any square corners as it's all rounded even the stairs going from one floor to the next wind around the house. It will be stunning when it is finished.
I'm at the hotel in the bay using their internet connection at 4 bucks an hour! We are thinking of buying the stick thing which you plug into your computer and where there is cell phone coverage, you can get internet. You can get packages for as low as 25 bucks a month. We figure we spend at least half of that a month on internet cafes.
Well better go see how the game is progressing on the beach.

You know you've been anchored a long time when...
01/10/2011, Tenacatita Bay have a reef system happening under your boat. We have barnacles, a puffer fish, a crab and lots of little fish all right underneath of us. No need to go anywhere to snorkel it's all right here! We have a slight problem in our boot stripe (for those non boater types, this is the colour band along the bottom of the hull right where the water line is). This boot stripe is supposed to be above the water line. Well ours is just below it because we are just to darn heavy. So the problems begin when the sea life decides it's a nice smooth surface to take up residence. The part of the boat under the water has what is called bottom paint and it's full of nasty stuff like copper and things that sea life don't like to grow on. But the boot stripe is just regular paint. So ours grows a profusion of barnacles and about every 4 weeks we have to scrape them off and hope they don't come back (but they always do). The other day when we started to clean the stipe, a crab was walking along the stipe probably enjoying his dinner! Anyhow our solution is coming up one of these days. We are going to haul the boat and paint bottom paint on the boot stipe and even a few inches above. We'll paint it black so that from a distance it will still look like a boot stipe but those nasty little barnacles will not like it and they will go grow on someone else's boat or so we hope. In the meantime, we go into the water and scrape along the boat which really isn't so bad as it gives us a work out and some good swim time.

Anchored in Paradise
01/10/2011, Tenacatita Bay

We have finally arrived in the paradise we have been dreaming about for over 15 years. Although everything we have seen so far has been great, this is the best. We are in Tenacatita Bay. It's a destination that Ian and I have been to twice on land based holidays and it had a lot to do with fueling our desire to go cruising in Mexico. We are anchored in sheltered calm water which is warm warm warm. We have a great beach with a palapa restaurant/bar, a river that we can ride up and do a jungle tour, and there is a hotel at the very end of the beach where we can go and use their internet apparently although we haven't tried that yet maybe this afternoon. Within this same bay, there are several options for anchoring. There is what they call the 'Aquarium' right by the town of Tenacatitia, but that is at the moment a less desirable option because the land is in dispute and there are armed guards stoping you from going ashore. There is also a town called La Manzanilla which is a wonderful place built on the hillside at the end of the bay. We will probably go anchor there for a few days at some point. And there is also a small anchorage across from where we are that has a secluded and high class resort with a golf course. So something for everyone. WE LOVE IT!!! We just spent a couple of hours snorkeling this morning and it was pretty good. Lots of variety of fish and no jellies. I thought I saw a moray eel but it turned out to be a puffer backed into a crevice in a rock. There were lots of giant damselfish, butterfly fish, puffers and lots that I can't find in our book. Wonderful. We left La Cruz on Sun morning at 3am in order to round Corrientes in calm conditions. It's about 5 to 6 hours from La Cruz and we got there around 9 am and there was a good chop happening. Once around, the NW swell was running pretty good and there was a good breeze in the same direction. We had only intended on going as far as Ipala but as we were going by we decided the swell would be too big for a comfortable anchorage there and so we kept going with the next stop to be Chamela. We had thought since it is a big bay that we could get into it in the dark but when we got there, good sense prevailed and we decided to keep on going to Tenacatita where we would arrive in the daylight. It was way too dark to even approach the coast at night especially with the big swell that was running. So what was supposed to be an 8 hour trip turned into a 30 hour trip but that's okay cause what we missed coming down, we will see when we head north again. We plan on spending about 10 or 12 days here and then head down to Barra-de-Navidad which is only 14 miles away. We will be there for several weeks as my dad and his partner Kathy are coming down for a couple of weeks. We are going to go to get them in Puerto Vallarta (by bus) and then rent a car and drive back down to Barra. We will have the car for the whole time they are here and we can do day trips to various places around the area. Really looking forward to their visit. Dad will celebrate his 83rd birthday while they are here. Well I'd better wrap this up as there is lunch beckoning me from the palapa on the beach. Later... Posted via Ham radio.

01/11/2011 | Camelia and Bob
Congrats on reaching your paradise. We are so happy for you both. Expecting snow tonight and it is feeling pretty cold right now...are you feeling sorry for us yet???lol Cheers!
01/12/2011 | crew
Tenicatita is our most favorite place in Mexico. Glad to hear it still has its charms. I see Corrientes is still given the benefit of the doubt for an easy(ier) transit. Also looking forward to what you think of Barra de Navidad. Love the blog and the enjoyment you are both getting. Ian , my fish were bigger! :)
01/12/2011 | Ken and Carole
Well, good thing you are there and not here..we had 5-6" of snow overnight..yuk! Sounds like you are having a blast, wish we were there. The boat is closer to being ready after the work we did in December...things are coming along nicely.
01/12/2011 | Marilyn
Great to see you are in a place I am familiar with so I can really picture it! We loved that place and stayed in the hotel there ... ate and had a few margaritas at the palapas at the end of the beach - so good! Glad to see all is well with you both - Happy New Year.
01/14/2011 | jean
WOW! That sounds so perfect! Snorkel for me!!
01/18/2011 | cousins roy and sylvia
a late happy new year. we are following your jerney with great intrest you realy seem to be having a wounderfull adventure.hope to meet you guys one day fond reguards roy and sylvia
Banderas Bay
01/07/2011, La Cruz in Banderas Bay

We have spent the last week in La Cruz which is about 15 or so miles from Puerto Vallarta. We pulled in the day before New Years Eve and spent the first few days at the dock which was a treat. We had a great New Years Eve in the company of good friends Fred and Penny from the boat Tapatai and their friend Joe. Good food - drinks - music and people all for a reasonable price too! We returned to the marina just before midnight and went upstairs to the Sky Bar and watched the fireworks all around the bay. At any given time you could see 15 or so different fireworks displays as the big hotels each had their own show.
Since we've been here we have taken the bus to several places on day excursions. We spent a great day in a town called Sayulita which is a surfers paradise. There were lots and lots of people surfing, eating, hanging out, shopping and whatnot. Really busy place and quite fun to experience. Another day Ian and I went to Puerto Vallarta and went to the market to buy blankets for the cockpit. The cushions we have are covered in vinyl and in this heat you stick to them so I wanted to cover them. Puerto Vallarta is not my scene. Too busy and I can't stand the constant pressure from all of the vendors everywhere.
Tomorrow we are leaving to head further south with our next destination being Chamela another little beachside town can't wait to go swimming again. (water is way to dirty in La Cruz)

01/07/2011 | Camelia and Bob
Hi guys. Sounds likes you are doing a lot of exploring and having fun. Love those blankets and I am sure I will do the same when we get there as I hate it when the hair on my legs stick to the cock pitt cushions's like getting your legs waxed! ouch! We have a mexican blanket on our bed now however that is just not the same as being there!lol Take care! Cheers !
01/08/2011 | Dad & Kathy
Hi Ellen & Ian! Happy New Year! It sounds like
you are having a great time. We are so happy
for you. Looking forward to seeing you in Feb.
Love always.
01/09/2011 | Wendy
Happy NY to the both of you, it looks like you're having a good time. All the best to you for 20111 & we hope to run into you as you work your way down to Central America. hugs Wendy
01/10/2011 | Ken & Carole SV NautiMoments
Looks like you had a great Christmas and New Years. I bet it was different than those before; warmer I bet. I will need to get some fishing advice from Ian or Carole and I may starve. I have not fished in years. Chamela sounds great. Let us know how you like it there and we will add it to our places to go. We also like quieter places, but it is nice to experience the busier one once in a while. Sayulita sounds like a nice place, to bat there is no shelter there to anchor. Look forward to reading your next blog. We are off to our Offshore Weather course tonight at BWCA. Cheers! Ken & Carole
01/10/2011 | Sue Mountain
Hey Guys,
Got email from Elaine, happy new year sounds like you are having a good time. Keep the log going I will look forward to your emails. all the best Is retirement not great, Bruce retired Oct. what a blast.
01/12/2011 | pat and les
Lovely blankets! They sure do brighten up Kasasa. Glad you are having such wonderful adventures! It is snowing here like crazy today!

The picture shows us firmly at anchor in Chacala probably on the highway somewhere! This is how off the Mexican charts are from the GPS position. They haven't updated their charts in many many years and they were surveyed in the late 1800's and early 1900's. So when navigating in these waters, you have to be very prudent and not rely on your chartplotter. Thankfully there are lots of Guide books written for cruisers and they often will have the GPS coordinates of some of the more dangerous rocks and reefs.
Chacala is a beautiful place with lots of sand and palm trees. 15 years ago we were there with friends Lynne and Harvey on their boat. Then there were a couple of small palapas on the beach and the town was one or two streets with a couple of small stores to buy basic supplies. There was one hotel at the very end of the beach. Now it is very different with many big palapas on the beach and the street behind the beach is store after store of anything you might need to get you through a day on the beach. There are many small hotels and the shoreline for many miles has beautiful homes built for the gringos mostly as they are very luxurious and the average Mexican would not be able to afford these places. Actually I don't think the average Canadian would be able to either!
The interesting thing about Chacala is that it is a laid back community and really only gets hopping at Christmas and Easter as it is a destination for the Mexican during these holidays. About 30 big busses a day come in the morning full of people from the various inland towns and cities and they spend the day having fun on the beach swimming, eating, playing and enjoying the day. Then around 6pm they all return to the buses and once again the beach becomes quiet. I guess the rest of the year the gringo population must help to keep the economy going somewhat. It's a definate place to visit if your looking for some peace and quiet away from the tourist scene - just not at Christmas or Easter.
We hope to stop in there again on our way north when it is a little quieter. It was fun to see everyone enjoying themselves but the blaring music gets a bit much.

01/02/2011 | Pamela Carey
Happy New Year, Bro and Sis! That is a mighty fish, Ian - hope 2011 brings you smooth sailing and lots more yummy food on the end of that line! You both looked very fine in your hats. Much love, the P's Down Under xx
01/03/2011 | dick towson

Enjoy the weather and we will be down there soon when we get back in mid Jan. Save the warmth for us.

Best of the New Year to both of you.

Anne and Dick
"Full & By"
01/04/2011 | Carol & Kelly
Happy New Year - you are leaving us far behind in your wake as we still work on projects at the dock...but soon we hope we'll cast off and head south. We are inspired by your descriptions of your stops and by the great fishing experiences...enjoy and perhaps we'll see you on your way back north.
01/06/2011 | Lyle and Lark Balmer - Aleydabeth
Looks like a great fish you caught! Got your comments on our blog...good to hear from you. Staying in La Paz area until our daughter's visit at the end of the month. The islands are spectacular. Hope to see you again soon!
It's o-fish-al
12/27/2010, Chacala

Just a quick blog here as I'm in an internet cafe at 20 pesos for 10 minutes! Just wanted you to know Ian has not lost his touch after all. He caught this dorado about 5 miles before Chacala. YUMMY!

12/27/2010 | Linda
12/29/2010 | Bob
Now thats a fish!!!!!!!!!!!
12/30/2010 | pat and les
WOW....nice one. Les is jealous that we missed both the warm weather AND the fish! Happy New Year!
01/01/2011 | Al&Jude
Hola Amigo,Amiga, looks like you have broken away from the clutches of the El Cid , very good., now depending on how long the mighty Banderas Bahia holds you we should see you down in la Manzz around mid to late feb..
I am on vhf ch 9
Al & Jude SV Marova
01/02/2011 | Poul Hansen ( NWLTP)
Happy New Year to you -I am now retired - looks like you enjoy your self - keep the sail tight mate -

Newer ]  |  [ Older ]


Powered by SailBlogs