Anchorage Melaque

Before heading back to Tenacatita, we spend 2 nights in the Melaque anchorage, which is an about 15-20 min dinghy ride back to Barra de Navididad. When we left the Marina in the morning, there was no wind, so we just motored and towed the dinghy.

We checked out the shore, Evan went to try to find some Petroleum for our night lamp, which wasn’t so easy and Mats and myself had an ice cream meanwhile.

We had a better night sleep, as there was a nice breeze going and less Mosquitos. It was also a good place to stock up on provisions and get some more cash.

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We decided to keep this beautiful sunset we experienced on a dinghy ride back to the anchorage, to keep in our minds for the furthest we had sailed south. 🙂

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I know, this is kinda groce. But it did look a bit funny too… 😉

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Ending on a good note…

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Barra de Navididad

When we left Tenacatita, we were only 12 NM away from Barra. But oh boy, it took us forever to get there, as we hit some fishing long lines. We went a bit off shore to be able to sail, all of a sudden we saw a little coke bottle in the water. We than looked up and down the water and saw more and more bottles apart from each other, but in a line. You don’t want to have that line wrapped around any part of your boat and than have to go diving. Especially not around the prop and therefore not being able to run the motor! We tried to sail away from it, which was in the wrong direction, until we were able to flag down a Panga. They told us, that the end was about a mile away, by that time we already had tried to avoid the line for 45 minutes. When we finally arrived at the flag and end of longline, we were 22 NM away from Barra! That short sail ahead of us ended in another almost all day sailday.

Barra de Navididad was the furthest point south for us. We had to be back in the Puerte Vallarta area 2 weeks later for a boat delivery job for the Captain.

There was an anchorage next to the Marina, which turned out to be very shallow, so we decided to check out the Marina. There was a fantastic pool in the super nice resort, which the Marina guests were allowed to visit. It was super hot in the Marina and lots of Mosquito’s around. The nights were not pleasant and we were looking forward to get some breeze again back in an anchorage. We stayed a few days, cleaned the boat and enjoyed the pool and explored the area. I was still dealing with an upset stomach and sore body from catching a bug in Chamela, that took about a week.

This is the resort from the other side of the bay.

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The Marina

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Taking the Panga to Barra for 30 pesos, very nice to not have to set up the dinghy and just call them up on the radio.

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Barra de Navididad. Some buildings were still in the works or left undone when probably financial means were running out.

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Cute little restaurants and shops

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A church preparing for a wedding ceremony

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This was the festival we were planning to see and why we had not stayed in Chamela or Tenacatita for too long. There were also fun little rides for Mats in the evening.

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This restaurant “Nacho” was recommended to us by some locals and the Captain was enjoying it especially.

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The shallow anchorage we checked out by dinghy

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When we sailed into Barra, we saw some tragedy squeezed into the rock. We decided to check out the container ship wreck later on with our dinghy. The first pics show how we saw it from the sailboat.

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Getting closer we were able to get a look at the whole wreck. The swell was pretty big and Mats did not like it very much being so far out with the dinghy. We kept our visit pretty short.

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This sacred place is found just to the starboard side of the entry into Barra.

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Pool time at the resort

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And this was the Resort Blanca. They are super friendly and welcoming to non-guests as well, have a dinghy dock free of use, amazing food, good Wifi and we spend 2 afternoons here.

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Barra was nice, we enjoyed our stay.

La Manzanilla – Movie – WOW Moment!

A few times we jumped in the dinghy in Tenacatita and drove over to La Manzanilla. It took about 15-20min and it was important to go in the morning, as the wind usually picked up in the afternoon. We also watched, that the shore break wasn’t too big, so the landing with our dinghy wasn’t a problem and we got lucky every time. I have very fond memories of La Manzanilla, especially from this experience, when we visited the crazy Crocodile Sanctuary! You gotta watch this!

 

Arriving in the calm morning, passing the fisherman and jumping fish here and there.

Watch the movie before looking at the pics! 🙂

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Looks like this could also be a potential anchorage, but figuring it must be rolly, since it is not as protected as the Tenacatita anchorage. But the little town is cute!

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Love this cutie!

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Arriving at the Crocodile Sanctuary, 60 pesos for the show at the entrance, after that, we were alone… with the wildlife.

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This hanging bridge was super scetchy. You gotta watch the movie! Some planks were questionable…

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with this underneath, the was a bit frightening.

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We saw a crocodile aim slowly for this bird, but this time, he did not catch him.

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A damaged paths which made us wonder.

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We passed a huge hornet net, but nobody seemed to live there.

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Cute baby crocodiles in the sanctuary to look at.

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Those guys seem to get along just fine!

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This guy is approx 46 years old. He had a good sleep.

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Funny how they lay there with there mouth open, are there waiting that food comes around this way? No, of course not. Just there way to deal with the heat.

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At the exit, we were in for a surprise. This guy, in the middle of the path!

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They totally got us. We serious started to throw water bottles at him, just to make sure.

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Matsi wasn’t that sure just yet…

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Only in Mexico! LOVED IT!

On a second visit to Manzanilla to get some ice and groceries, we trolled a fishing line on our way back and I caught this guy

 

Tenacatita dinghy raft-up! A Hippie-Heart beats faster.

Tenacatita had a very lively anchorage. Lots of the same people, who often now became very good friends, meet here year after year again. We had one of the founders from boat Harmony come up to us, to give a little overview of what is usually happening. Every day at 2pm, the man meet for Bocce at the beach and the women go for a walk along the water. Every evening, around 7pm, you hear horns from boats, which gives a nice little touch to the sunset. Mats tried his best to match there music. 🙂

Every Friday, there is a dinghy raft-up and people bring food, potluck style. The food is being passed from boat to boat, stories are being told and music played. At least, when we attended. It was nice. Every Hippie’s heart must beat faster seeing this. 🙂