Apr 13, 2009

Ixtapa to Nuevo Vallarta

Time to head north to escape hurricane season. The forecast called for developing strong winds out of the north and a full-blown storm south in the Gulf of Tuanapec. However, there was a window for the 350-mile passage and we experienced an uneventful, but somewhat rushed cruise. Cabo Corrientes, a notoriously uncomfortable rounding in weather, was calm. We arrived at La Cruz around 11pm and anchored outside the new marina. Slow going pulling into the anchorage as the charts are off and all the lights in the town present a confusing scene at night. The next day we motored to Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta, KEWA's new home for the rest of the year. Very man made setting, but wonderful facilities and infrastructure, including Vallarta Yacht Club, which is based right in the marina. A little orientation and then off to Yelapa for a couple of days. The bay there is exposed to the prevailing northerly swells, and the only anchorage is an extremely narrow shelf coming off the beach and, within about 20' or so, turning into an underwater cliff that drops off to about 150'. A panga met us as we headed into the bay and offered a mooring, which we gladly accepted at $20/night. The town is genuine, funky, very primitive and beyond mellow. An easy place to disengage and relax. We could have stayed longer, but needed to head back to Paradise Village and the scramble to get the boat situated for some extended dock time.

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