Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bahia (Bay) Chamela to Tenacatita

We leave Bahia Chamela for a short sail (motor) to Paraiso. A little gem of an anchorage. This small ancorage only has room for a boat or two. We are lucky, as we are the only boat. We lower the dingy and explore the shore and take a swim. There is a small resort located here but it appears to be deserted, except for the caretaker and a friendly dog.

It is a beautiful eveining so we decide to bbq. I have a lovely pork-loin in the bbq, as I turn it the entire bbq turns over and I loose the porkloin and the innerparts of the bbq. Now how am I going to get replacement parts for that into Mexico? I should inject here, it is very difficult to get things shipped into Mexico. It seems that the customs people must look at every package to see if it is something they may need at home. If it is not, then, if you are lucky it will arrive at the intended destination in a few weeks. So most of the boaters must resort to alternative means. If you are on your way to Mexico, please let us know, we may need you to bring us something.

Our next stop is Tenacatita. For many boaters, this is the destination they have dreamed of. With white sandy beaches, local hospitality, good food, and a comfortable ancorage, this is what the dreams of Mexico cruising were made of

We anchor and snorkle for the afternoon at the "aquarium", a beach area with several reefs. There are many fish but the water is not as clear as the Sea of Cortez. Our final anchor here is near the Hotel Blue Bay. The next morning we dingy out to take the estuary tour. The dingy tour though the lush mangrove lined Estero Verde is one of the best highlights of our stay in Tenacatita. You meander along the estuary for 2.5 miles. It is teaming with wildlife, egrets, many birds, racoons, crabs, and lined with mangroves. I tried to get pictures of all the birds but they were camera shy.

We have one of our best meals here at a smal lpalpa, La Vena. I had Roll-del Mar Yum. Mel had the most tasty fish yet.

We have a nice walk on the beach. This beach has a protected area for sea turtle egg nests. It is a fenced off area where the eggs are taken to be buried. If you are lucky you can be there when they hatch. Volunteers they take them to the ocean to be released.
Things we saw along the way:
Whales breaching
dolphins playing at our bow

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