So great to be back on the hook again
25 November 2014 | 20 44.84'N:105 22.32'W, La Cruz, Mexico
Yesterday we finally left Paradise Village Marina and made our way part way across Banderas Bay to drop anchor off of the fishing village of La Cruz. Although the total distance travelled was only five miles, La Cruz feels like a world away.
Although there is now a large new Marina in La Cruz, we have chosen to anchor out. Not only is it free to anchor, it is also much cooler with fresh breezes that you don't get in a marina. When we went to bed in Paradise Village it was invariably hot & stuffy with no wind to cool us. Last night, as we tucked in off of La Cruz, there was very nice 5 knot breeze. Enough that we even used a light blanket on the bed, but not so much that we were too cold. On top of that, because we are anchored, we also had a nice rocking motion to put us to sleep. We were so pleased and comfortable that we couldn't stop giggling!
Today, after a leasurely coffee & breakfast, we jumped in the dinghy to head ashore. We visited here ten years ago and were very interested to see what had changed. The big new marina is an obvious change, but we were pleased to find that La Cruz is still a sleepy little mexican fishing village with its rough cobble stone streets. There are a few more restaurants than before, and there are some condo buildings across the highway, but the town itself is surprisingly the same. The prices are more Mexican as well. Lunch for both of us, including a couple of beers was about $15. I got a haircut which was also properly price at about $5. Yup, this is the Mexico that we remember.
We are definitely not the only ones who like La Cruz. There were only about six boats anchored here yesterday when we arrived. Today, there are about 12! Like others, we are looking forward to a week or two enjoying this slower, more enjoyable pace of life.