Acapulco and trip to Huatulco
18 February 2012
We arrived in Acapulco Feb 15th and left on Feb 17th in the afternoon as we needed to time it right so that we arrive in Huatulco in the morning on Feb 19th. We were pleasantly surprised with Acapulco, it was much different than either of us expected, and it is really quite a large city. We anchored in the bay near the Acapulco Yacht Club where they gave us a reciprocal due to our membership with Blue Water Cruising Association. This gave us access to the dinghy dock, the pool, showers, and the rest of the facilities. After organizing the boat, we all went ashore to enjoy the pool for the afternoon as it was hot and muggy. The pool was really nice, it had a couple of raised cement/tiled squares built into the pool where you could sit or lie down and still be in the water but not underneath it. We had a couple of drinks and then headed back to the boat to get food ready to take to our friend's boat, Gosling, for dinner that evening. Fran was talking to one of the people at the marina just before we headed back to the boat; she was able to arrange for the six of us (our friends on Gosling, their friends and ourselves) to have a tour of Acapulco the next day in a 7 passenger van.
So the next day we met Jose at the entrance to the Yacht Club at 10am and off we went. It was a very full day, we stopped for a couple of photo opportunities overlooking Acapulco Bay and then our next stop was the Chapel of Peace which was right at the top of a hill overlooking the bay and the houses of the rich and famous. The chapel was amazing, the stonework, the design, the onyx windows, the garden, the very large cross and the statue of hands. A definite must for a visit. Next we went to the Fairmont Princess hotel and had a look around. The centre lobby was open which reminded us of the hotels in Thailand, there were stone modules throughout the lobby and if we could have been on the top floor and looked down we would have seen that they formed the Mayan calendar. The other side of the lobby was the multi level pool with stones, waterfalls and a rope bridge across it. This is where we saw 2 pink flamingos....brilliant! On to our next stop which was to be the Silver Warehouse which was located downtown in a park, the warehouse is secured with huge metal gates which were opened for us when we arrived. Here they design and manufacture silver jewellery, first off we were shown through the area where they make the jewellery and he carefully explained the process to us, afterwards we entered the sales area. They had some beautiful jewellery at reasonable prices, Carole has been looking for a pendant for quite a while now but had not found what she wanted up until now, and she found a very nice pendant at this place. We needed to be at the cliff divers in 10 minutes so it was time to go, it would have been nice to spend more time looking at their jewellery here. Off to the cliff divers we go, we had heard that this show is spectacular and it was. We are hoping our pictures captured the event and will post them once we are in Hualtuco. They climb this high cliff and dive off the top into the inlet below which is not very wide and the waves and swells rush in and out of the inlet. Obviously it is all about the timing when the waves have subsided. We had an awesome view thanks to a young fellow who guided us to this great viewing location. At the end we got our picture taken with the divers, that is the ladies did. Next, we headed for the Fort which is called Fuerto de San Diego, the fort overlooks the cruise ship terminal. The Fort was full of history and the displays were very well done. The fort itself is in the shape of a pentagon--this we have not seen before. We are now nearing the end of our tour and want to do a quick shop at Sam's club, we decided to take advantage of the fact that we have a vehicle that will carry us and our shopping back to the marina. We arrived back at the marina 6 ½ hours later after a fulfilling day and at a very reasonable cost ($70 per couple approx.
After having a shower at the Yacht Club we left Acapulco at 1:30pm, once we got a little farther out in the bay there was enough wind to sail.....whohoo! We had the best sail we have had since we have been in Mexico, we sailed on a beam reach, anywhere from 6 - 7 knots, all the way through until 8pm that night. We motored through the night each of us taking our shifts, the moon rose around 4am but it was a small crescent shaped moon and the sky was full of stars. We wind came up around noon, it was time for a downwind sail, we sailed with just the main and maintained speeds of 6 to 6 ½ knots. We could have put out more sail but didn't because we don't want to go any faster as it would put us in Huatulco to early. As it is we will slow down a little more tonight. This has to be the best sailing we have had so far and we are looking forward to more.