Barra de Navidad

Looking out at the town of Barra de Navidad

Looking out over the marina to the lagoon in Barra. Aldabra is in the lagoon

After motoring out of Banderas Bay, we had a nice sail south to Chamela, where we anchored in front of Todd and Laura Russi’s “disco” beachfront home. I’ll write more about Chamela in March when I return to visit while Todd and Laura are actually there. We spent a couple of beautiful days anchored in Chamela Bay. I put my scuba gear on to work on the knot meter wheel that had barnacles all over it. And I changed a couple of zincs on the prop shaft. Other than that, it was a nice place to swim and read and be lazy. Trying to get ahead of some weather, we then went to Tenacatita. Another beautiful anchorage. We joined Mark and Stephanie of Wainui and Jeff and Jules of El Gato on a dinghy ride up the estuary. Saw one crocodile and many birds.

Landing the dinghy on the beach in Tenacatita wasn’t that easy for someone who has not yet had a lot of practice. (Although I did join the club of people who have flipped their dinghy in the surf.) So we moved on after a couple of days to Barra de Navidad. We have easy access to shore either by dinghy or water taxi. The one drawback is that the lagoon is not a swim area. Other than that, this is a great place to be. There are two towns to explore, Barra and Melaque. Lots of good places to eat. They each have rather large outdoor markets once a week. And there are resources to get various chores done.

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