Banderas Bay is the largest bay on the Pacific Coast and is a beautiful cruising ground. The whole bay is surrounded by mountains and there is a nice daily breeze. We’ve been here for about a week and may stay longer. We’ve mostly been anchored in LaCruz – a small sleepy town with the best taco stand we’ve encountered yet. ($1 each – can’t beat it)
Our friends J.P and Janet on Morningstar live here on their ketch in Neuvo Vallarta and last weekend we both took part in the Banderas Bay Bash which was a 3 day sailboat race that takes you to different points on the bay. We picked up a crewmember for the race – a great Canadian guy who is only 21 and yet had already sailed to the south pacific twice – picking up different boats to crew on the way.
The Banderas Bay Bash was a charity race for the local schools. The La Cruz marina was nice enough to offer slips for one night to all the boats who participated in the race, so we got to stay in a marina which is major luxury for us. We were sitting at our slip (while I was cutting Lauren B.’s hair) and we saw manta rays right in front of us. They are really cool creatures and can get upwards of 16 feet or so, although we think these were just babies.
At the end of the second leg of the race, all the boats were in Punta Mita and gathered at a palapa on the beach called El Dorado. There we got to meet some of the local children. We learned that they are now teaching English in many of the schools in the area. However, they lack good textbooks and books in English for kids K-12 to read. Ironically, in the States many schools are cutting out their bilingualprogram and are throwing away wonderful bilingual textbooks!
This area has a lot of places to provision and we made a Costco run with J.P. and Janet to get some of the harder to find American items in bulk. There is a large grocery store in Mexico, Mega, that is similar to a SuperWalmart except it has a Mexican flare. There we stocked up on smaller things and fresh food. All in all, life is good.