Barra to Zihuatanejo
25 April 2014 | Isla Grande
Dave, clear, sunny, warm
Playing catch up again, I flew back to Pacifico on Feb. 21 after being cleared by my cardiologist to return to my favorite life style of basically bumming around on a sailboat in Mexico. I coaxed old friend and boating enthusiast Tim (TJ) Smith to come down with me and we'd take the boat from Barra to Zihuatanejo, about 200 nm to the southeast. Tim is a power boater, but he understands boats, eats what I cook and likes the adventure of new places while not minding tight spaces.
After a couple of days showing Tim around Barra we departed on Feb. 25 at 0730, a respectable departure hour, but we wanted to get into Zihua before dark on the 26th. Actually our destination was Isla Grande off Ixtapa about 9 nm above Zihuatanejo. You have to remember we are on a sail boat and this is not a race. Sail boats only go 5-6 knots on average, do the math.
We had a great passage and made our destination with an hour of daylight to spare. Great spot to anchor. Well sheltered from prevailing conditions and a great swimming beach with half a dozen palapa/enramada beach bar-restaurants. The best thing is that this is a day use tourist area, everyone goes home at night so no noise!
We stayed two nights, enjoyed the place and met a few boat neighbors before moving on to Zihuatanejo on the 28th.