Sirena

"Sail fast and live slow"

09 December 2013
02 December 2013
17 May 2013 | La Paz
13 May 2013 | Mazatlan
10 December 2012
03 December 2012
03 December 2012 | twenty miles from Loreto
03 December 2012 | Santa Rosalia to Santo Domingo
13 November 2012 | Puerto Escondido
13 November 2012 | Santa Rosalia
01 May 2012 | Mazatlan, Mx
29 April 2012
07 April 2012 | Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
11 March 2012

Activities around Mazatlan

09 December 2013
Connie pleasantly warm in the 70's
Activities around Mazatlan, Nov. & Dec. 2013

The Isla Marina, where we are located, is a small marina on a small man-made island in a harbor that holds 3 other marinas. At the head of the ramp is a Palapa restaurant that is a great place to hang out and meet friends and other cruisers. There is also a Condo/Hotel Resort here. This marina is a quiet, peaceful place to be as it doesn’t have any traffic. Just a short walk away, across the bridge, is Marina Mazatlan and four restaurants. There are several other restaurants within walking distance. The Palapa has Kareoke night every Sat. and Cheryl sings here every Sun. Cheryl sings Blues and a variety of other songs. She plays guitar and harmonica and often another man joins her playing his harmonica. She brings a number of different percussion instruments and she encourages people from the audience to play them. It’s always fun to relax at the Palapa with a beer and listen to her play and sing. In the photo gallery is a video of her singing with friends playing instruments along with her.

The first Sun. in Dec. is the annual Pacific Marathon. The street that runs along the marinas and oceanfront is closed off for the race. We can sit on our boat and watch the runners go by. This is the second year that we’ve been here for this event. The night before the marathon is a fireworks display on the beach. We went to it this year and it was spectacular. The road that runs along the beach is closed off for this event and people fill up the malecon (sidewalk along the beach) and the road to watch. The fireworks were set up about every 100-200 yds. down the whole length of the beach from one end of the bay to the other end. The malecon is about 10 feet above the beach so we could not see where the fireworks were but our location on the malecon ended up being right in front of one of the fireworks launching pads. The street lights were turned off and the fireworks began. I’ve never been so close to fireworks before and it was LOUD, but wonderfully exciting and beautiful. I had to look straight up to watch them, but I could also look right and left to see the other fireworks up and down the beach. All the fireworks displays were synchronized with each other. It was beautiful.

Our friends, Cliff and Lynne, took us to the small town of El Quilite for lunch one day. It’s about 30 miles away from Mazatlan. It was a beautiful drive through lush green hills. We saw some cattle and the occasional cowboy on horseback. Near the town the road was lined with colorful Bougainvillea and other tropical plants. The town was old with cobblestone streets and the buildings had wide roof overhangs that shaded the front porchs that held rocking chairs. The restaurant had been a house and we walked through the first 2 empty rooms, with murals painted on the walls, to get to the patio where the dining tables were. It was a large shaded patio with trees, tropical plants, and fountains. Oh, and it had roosters running around and crowing! There was one shaded patio and one sunny patio with 2 open air dining rooms between them. Crawling on the roof was the biggest orange Iguana that I’ve ever seen. Cliff and Lynne took us out the back gate of the patio to show us where they kept their animals. There were chickens, roosters, turkeys, ducks, goats, and sheep! There was one sheep that kept trying to get inside the door to the restaurant while baaaaaing insistently. One of the waiters came over and said the sheep wanted some milk and let him in?! So we followed him in and watched as the waiter handed a bottle of milk to a customer and she proceeded to feed the sheep from her table. Here we were having lunch in this beautiful tropical patio and it felt like we were in the middle of a farm. Two roosters started flying at each other and having a cock fight right by our table! I’ve never eaten in a restaurant quite like this before in Mexico. After lunch we explored the town a little, looking at a few stores. There was the leather goods store that had saddles, chaps, belts, and other leather goods. While next to it was a room with bales of hay in it. The town had a real western/cowboy feel to it.

The next day we joined some other friends at the El Cid Marina and resort and relaxed around the pool and played a couple of games of volleyball in the pool. It was a great way to spend a warm, sunny day with friends.

We went to the Art Walk which is held on the first Friday of each month. It takes place in the old town around Machado Plaza. All the art galleries and studios are open for people to browse through and they offer refreshments. It was fun to see the wide variety of art they have to offer. One artist makes leather masks and sculptures. It was quite different and beautiful. He had made a sculpture of a horse’s head that hung on the wall, which was stunning. Most of these art galleries are in old houses, so it is quite interesting to see the houses as well as the art. Remember, most houses in Latin American countries just have a wall in front with a door in it. You don’t get to see the beauty of the house until you’re inside where you’ll find inner courtyards and patios, open air rooms, and beautiful architecture. Some galleries used the whole house, whereas others displayed their art in 2 or 3 rooms and lived in the rest of the house. After seeing most of the galleries, we went back to Machado Plaza and browsed through the jewelry and other vendors, then had dinner at Pedro and Lola’s on the Plaza. While we were having dinner a band set up in the gazebo and we expected to hear some nice Mexican music. Boy, were we surprised when they played Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire”!! They played 50’s & 60’s music including a lot of surf music. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening.




Comments
Vessel Name: Sirena
Vessel Make/Model: Cardinal 46
Hailing Port: Newport Beach, CA
Crew: Ed and Connie Quesada
About: Ed and Connie have been sailing together for over 44 years and have sailed on Sirena for over 22 years. Sirena has been to Mexico many times before. We plan an extended vacation to Mexico for four or more months. Stay tune as we take our time through the warm weather down south.
Extra: Slow cruising through Mexican waters
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/directory_sirena1
Sirena's Photos - Main
photos of the marina, Palapa, & Condos. Also El Quilite for lunch and the art walk.
27 Photos
Created 9 December 2013
photos of clouds, s/v Chalet Mer, pelican, sunrise in Muertos
11 Photos
Created 2 December 2013
photos in Partida anchorage and La Paz Revolution Day Parade
44 Photos
Created 1 December 2013
photos of Agua Verde and Sirena towing another sailboat, Dorados that Ed caught, San Evaristo and goats in panga and going to market
27 Photos
Created 22 November 2013
photos in San Carlos and La Picazon restaurant near Isla Coronado
22 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
21 Photos
Created 18 May 2013
11 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
28 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
photos of floats in parade and fireworks. statue of Marcel Marceau on the Malecon is in most of the float pictures.
28 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
12 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
photos of San Evaristo, Isla San Francisco, and Ensenada Grande
19 Photos
Created 10 December 2012
photos around the beautiful anchorage and Thanksgiving dinner aboard Sirena
29 Photos
Created 8 December 2012
photos of Baja's lush greenery
11 Photos
Created 8 December 2012
photos of the mission, it's cemetary, the town of San Javier, and the scenic drive in the mountains
40 Photos
Created 3 December 2012
photos of clouds, rain, and boat storm preparation
8 Photos
Created 13 November 2012
photos of the town of Banos and nearby waterfalls
52 Photos
Created 29 April 2012
Photos of the beach, boat, and iguanas on the sand and in the water
20 Photos
Created 7 April 2012
photos of tortoises, lava tube, craters, beach, and iguana
38 Photos
Created 15 March 2012
photos of Quito from the top of the Teleferico, the center of the world monument, and historic old town
24 Photos
Created 11 March 2012
Photos of the city skyline, the canal, and old town
51 Photos
Created 9 March 2012
photos around the bay, Land Sea marina and cruisers lounge
23 Photos
Created 5 March 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 February 2012
5 Photos
Created 26 February 2012
8 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
photos of the bay, Tambor town, Montezuma, waterfalls, and Butterfly place
42 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
14 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
12 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
photos of entering over the bar, marina, and pool. picture of odd looking fruit is actually cashews. the nut grows on the outside of the fruit
14 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
panga ride in the river estuary and lunch stop
18 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
photos of the cathedral, zocalo, San Diego Fort, riding horses on the beach, and the marina and pool.
20 Photos
Created 30 January 2012
photos around the bay, the cliffdivers, and Las Brisas restaurant
23 Photos
Created 29 January 2012
photos around town and the bay, and Panta Rhei at anchor
20 Photos
Created 28 January 2012
photos of Ixtapa marina, beach, and Bogarts restaurant
14 Photos
Created 27 January 2012
photos around Barra, at the pool, in the water taxi, and the treehouse restaurant
10 Photos
Created 26 January 2012
ultra lights, and hang gliders over the main beach
11 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
photos of the canyons, Hotel El Mirador, and the zip line
40 Photos
Created 23 November 2011
photos of Indians and their homes, churches, Valley of the Mushrooms, and Cusarare waterfall
40 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
photos of the ranch, Yogi Bear, horsebackriding, canyon views and road down to Urique
46 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
photos at Posada de Hidalgo hotel in El Fuerte, including a sword fight with Zorro, and train ride.
25 Photos
Created 11 November 2011
photos of Bahia Candeleros and Villa del Palmar resort, and Ed and the Dorado he caught
23 Photos
Created 31 October 2011
photos around town, marina, church, mining museum, library
34 Photos
Created 27 October 2011
photos of Santispac, our friend Jerry's rock house, whale sharks
26 Photos
Created 5 June 2011
photos of San Juanico bay and cruisers' shrine tree
20 Photos
Created 2 June 2011
photos of the anchorage and the lagoon with Mangroves
7 Photos
Created 31 May 2011
photos leaving Puerto Escondido through the narrow entrance (60' wide) and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante (Dancer Island)
9 Photos
Created 30 May 2011
24 Photos
Created 14 May 2011
photos from 4 anchorages along the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez
23 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
9 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
14 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
photos around Los Suenos resort and train room
16 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
photos of El Cid Marina and pool and downtown Mazatlan
17 Photos
Created 10 May 2011
photos around Santiago Bay and the bottom cleaning fish
8 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
14 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
pictures around Barra, the Grand Bay Hotel, and the Mardi Gras parade
21 Photos
Created 6 March 2011
pictures of Tenacatita Bay and jungle cruise
13 Photos
Created 2 March 2011
anchored in Playa Rosa in Careyes
14 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
7 Photos
Created 19 February 2011
Super Bowl, Tacos in the Street, Chamela Bay
10 Photos
Created 18 February 2011
Day trip to Puerta Vallarta and acrobatic show on a sailboat
20 Photos
Created 4 February 2011
A day trip to Sayulita and dinner and dancing at Philo's
17 Photos
Created 29 January 2011
marina and town of La Cruz, blessing of the fishing fleet, and festival in Bucerias
34 Photos
Created 25 January 2011
14 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
6 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
19 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
6 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
Mexico adventures on Sirena
5 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 17 October 2010

Ed and Connie

Who: Ed and Connie Quesada
Port: Newport Beach, CA