Wednesday, January 14, 2015

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

The nice part about this leg of the journey is that we are done with overnight sails for a while.  San Blas to Chacala was only 22 miles.  Chacala to La Cruz only 40 something.  We’ve got a lot of nice anchorages to explore and not a lot of distance between them.  The bad part is that we haven’t been doing much sailing.  We had a nice breeze leaving Chacala and cruised at 7 knots for the first hour, then the wind completely died. 

Coming into Banderas Bay we saw quite a few whales.  They were breaching and splashing around like crazy – from a distance thank goodness.  Even after dropping the hook in La Cruz we could hear the slapping and thundering on the water.  We also spotted 2 bottlenose dolphins, rays, and a variety of tropical looking fish.  It’s pretty amazing to have your home gliding through an aquarium.  It’s also very humbling to stand back and realize we are truly in their territory and how important it is to respect their environment. 

We are currently in La Cruz contemplating when we are going to leave.  We’ve actually contemplated not leaving at all… What a great little community here in La Cruz.  It’s the perfect fusion of cruiser comforts and Mexican culture.  The town can easily be navigated on foot.  There are some great restaurants, plenty of nightlife with live music, a great Sunday market, and lots of small stores for anything you might need.  If you can’t find it in La Cruz, Nuevo Vallarta is only 6 miles down the highway and Puerto Vallarta a few miles beyond that.  An easy bus ride can take you to Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, etc. 

We are currently at anchor with about 60 other boats.  The marina staff have been very accommodating.  For a small fee you can tie up to the dinghy dock, have access to wifi, and use their shower facilities.  There are tons of activities at the marina from morning yoga to movies nights.  They don’t care if you are staying in the marina or at anchor, everybody is welcome.   

We will be leaving at some point later this week (I think).  In the meantime, we are enjoying the company of other family boats and enjoying the scenery. 

Ana Bananas is famous with cruisers.  They have live music every other day and great food specials.

Bananas growing along the sidewalk. 

This place serves a full rotisserie chicken, papas, rice, and tortillas for $100 pesos.  That's about $7 usd to feed a family of 4.

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