Return to La Cruz
25 March 2011 | La Cruz Marina
We're back in La Cruz marina and it felt like coming home after spending a month here previously. We also met up with many friends we had met along the way and old friends from home who are here. La Cruz is a jumping off point for most cruisers because it's a good place to get provisions, do boat projects, rest, etc. before leaving on the next leg of their journey. Many boats are leaving from here and going north into the Sea of Cortez for the spring and/or summer and other boats are heading south to Central America and beyond, and some are heading across the Pacific to the Marquesas and Tahiti and beyond. We will spend about a week and a half here because we want to take an inland trip to an old colonial town of San Sebastian for a couple of days. Before we got back to La Cruz, we enjoyed 3 days in Santiago Bay after the Tsunami warning. Santiago is a large, well-protected, and calm anchorage. We went ashore several times and walked the beautiful beach and ate at some of the palapa restaurants. Ed got in the water one day and cleaned the bottom of the boat as there was some grass growing on it. There were some little fish that appreciated his efforts as they liked to eat the grass that he cleaned off. They were about 4 or 5 inches long with black vertical stripes and a yellow tail, very pretty. There were huge schools of them that would hang out under our boat for protection, and they started cleaning the bottom of our boat at the water line!! We had a great symbiotic relationship! We left Santiago and stopped in Barra de Navidad for a day to fill our water tanks and wash off the boat. Then on up the coast to Chamela. We had some southerly winds and were able to sail up the coast a little, but mostly the winds were very light, until we got near Chamela. Then the wind piped up to 20 knts. When we anchored in Chamela, it was very different from the first time, when it was calm. Chamela is open to the south and with the wind and swells coming from the south it was very rocky and rolly with big waves breaking on shore. So we didn't go ashore this time. Luckily the weather calmed down the next night for our trip around Cabo Corrientes and into Banderas Bay where La Cruz is. The wind had calmed down but the seas were very lumpy which made for an uncomfortable trip motoring. Cabo Corrientes is a big point of land similar to our Point Conception and often has a lot of wind, so we were glad we got a good weather window to go around.