Sleepy Little Fishing Village, A Real Treat
14 November 2007 | Puerto Angel, Mexico
Before we had a chance to go ashore, the Port Captain arrived with few navy guys. He came aboard with one of the guys and could not have been nicer. We filled out one form and then he said that he would take our papers ashore to make copies for us and we could pick them up in one hour.
We took the dinghy in and landed on the beach with the dozens of other pangas, although our landing was not nearly as spectacular as theirs. They go full throttle onto the beach, lifting the outboard at the very last minute and come to a stop about ten feet up the beach. It really is pretty cool.
Chris and I walked through town and up the hill on the other side of the bay where there were some cute little b&b's, papelerias (tiny markets) and restaurants. The beaches are very nice with white sand and clear water. It's a sleepy little fishing village with very few tourists and the locals are all very nice, not pushy trying to get you to go sportfishing or eat in their restaurants. The anchorage is beautiful - we were the only sailboat among the fishing pangas.
To my delight, fresh fruits and vegetables have become very easy to come by. There is great variety and some interesting things that we haven't seen before. We had lunch in a little place that was crowded with locals. Chris had a torta which is basically a sandwich on a flat round roll. I had fish soup which was a bowl of thick red broth with a full fish tail in it - skin, bones and all. It was not the best presentation, but it was actually quite excellent.
After lunch we got our papers from the Port Captain and Chris and Andrew went snorkeling while I went for a kayak. There were a few coves and some neat rocks and caves to explore. I am listening to the book "Water for Elephants" on my iPod which I like to do when I kayak. It makes the time fly.
In the evening we went ashore for beers and juice. We had the pleasure of sitting just in front of a pack of dogs that were barking and fighting, among other things. It made for a comical happy hour. We had dinner onboard - grilled fish and vegetables and salad. Although I love it, it was a nice change from Mexican.
We left just before seven this morning and are headed to Puerto Escondido, 35 miles northwest (I double-checked the mileage this time!). Apparently PE has one of the best breaks in the world and this weekend is an international surfing competition. Should be a fun time!