02 December 2008 | Bahia Tenacatita, Mexico
We got up early, ate some breakfast and then prepared for our day of sailing towards Tenacatita. The morning winds were light enough to pull up the anchor with the mainsail, and as sailed pass the islands we were able to pull out the jibe and begin our downwind sail towards Tenacatita. We had an enjoyable six-hour sail (which at this point seems like nothing!) to a precious gem of an area on the Gold Coast. This is one of our favorite anchorages thus far. Tenacatita (aka Ten Bay, not really sure why it is called this??) is a good sheltered anchorage with only an occasional roll; good holding, dolphins, beautiful beach, and a self guided Jungle Tour through the mangroves to a small village with restaurants and tiendas (small Mexican store). Only thing Tencatita is missing is internet, no, we are learning to live with limited access at this point. We have met a lot of great people in this anchorage that are living the dream too. On one side of the bay there is a very nice Mexican Resort called Blue Bay Resort, that is all-inclusive and what we understand is that a lot of Mexicans and Canadians visit it throughout the season. They welcome cruisers to use the facilities (pool, kayaks, tennis, etc.) for a daily fee if you so choose.
We were able to experience the Jungle Tour through the mangroves a couple of times. This is an amazing dinghy ride (~ 1 hour each way) through a tidal estuary channel through thick mangroves. Unfortunately my pictures were blurred but Brian got some a great video of it and hopes to download it when we can. At the end of the ride you come to a small village called Revelcito. This is a great little village with several restaurants right on the beach as well as some small stores to get grocery items if needed. Our second trip to this village, we went with our new friends, Jenna & Tim from s/v Freestyle. We had an awesome day exploring the town and skin diving in an area they call the "Aquarium". What a beautiful site to see all the various tropical fish living below! We worked up an appetite to enjoy the local special: fish rolls (fresh fish rolled and stuffed with fresh shrimp covered in a yummy sauce). Oh yeah a few cervezas to wash it down! Very good! Another thing about Tenacatita that we enjoy is that the bay is a great spot to swim during the heat of the sun. The bay is also filled with dolphin. We had one large dolphin swim around our boat, almost like he was asking us to come join him! Well, after a the dolphin swam a few laps, Brian got so excited and decided to join him and jumped in, but the dolphin, said, "No way, Jose" and quickly swam off!
We decided after approximately a week here, it was time to move on. Our next destination is Bahia de Navidad, which is only 12 nm south. We decided to pull up anchor on Saturday. Our friends, Jenna & Tim decided to come along at the same time, so we were able to buddy boat to Bahia Navidad.