A Taste of Cruising Mexico

Vessel Name: Journey
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Ventura, Ca
Crew: Jeff and Dori Beller
About: We're home ported out of Ventura, California. Jeff is a software engineer and Dori is a special ed teacher. We're both on sabbatical from our carreers or early retirement. We're not too sure which and don't really care. Cruising fits us real well right now.
Extra: This is our third extended cruise to Mexico. I guess we like it there! We hope you enjoy reading this journal of our cruise.
19 March 2020 | Ventura, CA
12 July 2012 | Ventura, CA
20 June 2012 | San Diego, CA
12 June 2012 | Turtle Bay
11 June 2012 | Turtle Bay
04 June 2012 | Bahia San Juanico
02 June 2012 | Outside of the Baja
31 May 2012 | Cabo San Lucas
27 May 2012 | La Paz
22 May 2012 | La Paz
22 May 2012 | Southern Sea of Cortez
15 May 2012 | Bahia Candeleros
15 May 2012 | Bahia Salinas
15 May 2012 | Isla Carmen
15 May 2012 | Isla Carmen
15 May 2012 | Isla Danzante
02 May 2012 | Sea of Cortez
02 May 2012 | Punta Colorada (Isla San Jose)
02 May 2012 | Sea of Cortez
02 May 2012 | Sea of Cortez
Recent Blog Posts
19 March 2020 | Ventura, CA

Another Taste of Mexico

This is a photo from back in 2008, the first time Journey went cruising to Mexico. The boat was full and overflowing with guests come to wish us Bon Voyage before we set off on our travels. It is a memory we still cherish.

12 July 2012 | Ventura, CA

Home Sweet Home

Journey has been home for just over a week, after sailing into Ventura harbor on the Fourth of July.

20 June 2012 | San Diego, CA

Survivors of the Un-Bash

It seems there is no rest for the weary. (OK, after resting four days, I guess being weary isn't an excuse anymore.) Anyway, we've received a few 'gentle' hints from some impatient readers. They've noticed that our position reports show we've reached San Diego, but our blog hasn't been updated to reflect [...]

12 June 2012 | Turtle Bay

A Night at Anabel's

Last night we debated whether or not to leave Turtle Bay early this morning, but one day's rest just didn't put a dent in the sense of exhaustion we were feeling after this last week. So we put off our departure until tomorrow. Our reward for making that decision was spending this evening at Anabel's. There [...]

11 June 2012 | Turtle Bay

The Half Way Point

Arriving at Turtle Bay is a milestone because it means you've reached the half-way point in your trip up or down the Baja. Several of the boats who left Cabo with us had a little celebration by having a scrumptious potluck lunch hosted by Mary and Jack on S.V. Oriana. We also attended to mundane details [...]

04 June 2012 | Bahia San Juanico

The 'Un-bash'

With one-third of the trip north completed, the good news is that we haven't really been 'bashed' much at all. The closest we've came was the passage around Cabo Falso early Saturday AM which Jeff described in his last post. As he mentioned, once that was behind us, it was all motoring in calm seas [...]

Chacala Again

21 March 2009 | Chacala
Chacala was one of our favorite spots on the trip down, so we've been looking forward to spending some time there as we made our way north. The place was just as nice as we remembered it.

Comfort pretty much requires both a stern anchor and a flopper-stopper, but that was no problem. Having water temperatures above 80 again was the real treat. When you jump in the ocean every day to clean up, it really helps if you can do it without having your teeth chattering.

We spent two days here, not counting the days we arrived and left. There is a great beach and Jeff and I went in to run every morning. My other activities included kayaking and snorkeling. The kayaking was perfect--calm and sunny all morning. Unfortunately, the snorkeling was a bust. The morning I tried that, the water was very murky and I couldn't see much of anything. Of course, this morning just before we left out, everything was crystal clear. Oh, well!

Jeff had his own projects going. The first day he pulled out his guitar. It hadn't been touched on this trip except to move it from the aft bunk when we had company. Jeff put all new strings on first, and the same string broke about three times. He managed to play an assortment of tunes until his fingers just plain wore out. It's probably been ten years since he even pulled his guitar out of the case, so getting back into it involved some frustration. But Friday's project is when the stress level really ramped up. Jeff worked on our income taxes from about 9 AM until 4 PM. Doing all this long distance with a very inadequate computer presented a lot of road blocks, but he persevered. There's still a good deal of work to do, but at least he's beyond the panic point.

One other memorable activity was our evening out on Thursday night. A local lady named Isabelle is a cook at a nearby bed-and- breakfast. One evening a week, she offers dinner at her home. There is a sign-up sheet our on her gate that gives you a choice of two different meals and you put your name down for the one you want. The cost is 60 pesos for the whole meal (that's about $4 US). If you want something to drink other than the fruit flavored kool-aid she provides, you are welcome to bring it. We joined with six other cruisers and put our names on her list. We showed up at the requested time of 5:30 and were greeted by Isabelle and Gabby, her gringo neighbor who helps her out for these events. Once we were seated, dinner was served almost immediately. This is quite unusual for Mexico, where everything seems to start about 1-2 hours after it's supposed to. The food was delicious--chicken mole or chile rellenos. After supper we strolled through the village and bought a few basic necessities (like an ice cream bar for dessert) at one of the little tiendas.

This morning we are having an absolutely perfect sail to Matachen Bay. The ocean couldn't be more welcoming. We are making six knots (in the right direction) with flat seas and clear blue skies. After a few days in Matachen Bay, we will need to make a 24 hour passage to reach Mazatlan. Once there, we will be waiting for a weather window to cross back over to the Baja side (La Paz) of the Sea of Cortez.

Journey's Photos - Main
We've posted our favorite photos from this year's cruising in the Sea of Cortez
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Created 8 July 2012
Four glorious days of surfing "the longest wave" at Matanchen Bay in warm water, tropical surroundings, and no crowds.
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Created 13 April 2012
Dori shot these photos of a morning surf session at Barra de Navidad. She was standing on the breakwater which adjacent to the surf break, giving great access for pictures.
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Created 22 February 2012
This is a morning spent touring the estuary and river above Matanchen up to Tovara springs.
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Created 27 January 2012
Yelapa is a unique little hidden away village on the south side of Banderas Bay. No roads reach it and the only way to get there is by water.
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Created 15 March 2011
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Created 20 December 2010
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Created 15 November 2010