Setting sail southbound with veteran sailors and long time friends, we were eager to explore new territory. Twila caught a nice tuna – fantastic dinner. Nice job Twila!
An extraordinary motor sail from Puerto Vallarta to Bahia Tenacatita – offered a perfect anchorage with impressive views. Winding down, enjoying siestas and taking in the beauty, we were visited by a pod of curious dolphins.
Off to explore the unique eco tour the local
pangueros have developed – we all piled into our trusty dinghy. Guidebooks stated there was the reward of a small store, refreshments and a beach at the end of this mangrove meandering. This small boat excursion was woven throughout the mangroves of Estero Las Iguanas with tendrils of aerial roots lining the narrow channel carved out by the locals. Keeping a sharp look out for the notorious 6’ crocodiles and iguanas was the main attraction. Several resident nesting birds including egrets, kingfishers, ibis, heron and anhingas offered good bird watching. Although it was an interesting tour, the overall consensus was ‘once was enough’. Peggy on the other hand, had no fondness for the outing. Convinced we’d be hunted by crocodiles. Although there was no peril during this side trip, in hindsight, Peggy should have been left aboard Flyer.
Continuing southbound to Barra de Navidad, we had a pleasant sail with light breezes which enticed the guys to consider flying the chute. After some discussion, the idea was forfeited instead to enjoy the relaxing afternoon cruise.
As we entered Bahia Navidad, we saw the infamous freighter that ran aground during the last hurricane. The buckled and twisted 71,665 dwt bulk carrier, Los Llanitos will likely be dismantled where it ran aground near Mexico’s Barra de Navidad on October 23, 2015 during Hurricane Patricia.
Entering the channel of Barra Navidad also marks the border of the state of Colima and Jalisco. Barra’s entrance is welcomed by the Virgin Mary.
The Marina Puerto de la Navidad is a mega yacht and sailing vessel haven and exclusive resort; offering luxurious amenities, including panga water taxi transportation to the small town of Barra. Numerous restaurants, bars and shops offer a variety to yachtistas and dirt dweller travelers alike. Barra has an authentic native Mexican community, more so than several other harbor towns we’ve visited so far.
After two nights in the marina, time dictated it was time to head north. Peggy’s chronic seasickness persuaded Steve to reroute back to Tenacatita Bay to regroup and wait out the northerly winds and choppy seas. The following evening we set sail again, heading northbound to return to PV. Seasick yet again, we pressed on. A round of applause goes out to our guests and Steve for their patience and support during this passage.
A bittersweet farewell to our guests, Mike and Twila; however we’re confident they’ll return to once again sail the high seas of Mexico. Many thanks to Mike and Twila. Their generous delivery of essential provisions, enthusiasm and patience during our coastal cruise is fondly appreciated. We miss you already and await your return.