Our first foreign country where we didn’t speak the language but had fun trying out our Spanish. Most Americans are afraid of Mexico and won’t step outside the confines of a luxury resort.
Like any location in the world, there are good and bad places with good and bad people. Fortunately there are more good people in the world than bad.
Below are some of the stops we had in Mexico. We spent 6 months in this country exploring secluded bays and visit popular tourist destinations. We love the food, the culture and people.
Los Frailes, Baja Mexico
I thought there would be a town in Los Frailes as we bashed past Cabo San Lucas sailing into head wind as we headed North to this illusive location. It turned out to be a protected bay with Mexican fishing shacks and Canadian & American RVers boon docking in the shady bush just past the beach.
We were among 15 cruising boats held up 5 days, waiting for the north winds to abate. Our plan was to head north to La Paz. Our Christmas destination.
La Paz, Baja Mexico
Christmas in the city of Peace. A perfect setting. This is a destination for cruisers where marinas and the anchorage cater to our needs. Great restaurants, grocery stores and they even have supplies for boat maintenance.
The Malecon, the Spanish word for a sea-side board walk, has sculptures and beautiful orange sunsets to enjoy.
Isla Isabella Island, Off the Mainland
Thousands of Frigate Birds, Blue-Footed Boobies and Pelicans inhabit this island. When visiting we found more Mexicans in their fishing shacks and 4 biologists studying the birds. They said we can tour the island but asked we stay on the trails as not to disturb the birds.
This placed smelled from all the guano (bird shit). This place is for the birds, literally. We also had a spectacular view from the northern shore of of 4 Grey Whales breaching.
Puerto Vallarta & Yelapa
To get to Yelapa from Puerto Vallarta you need a bus. This is a tourist destination with a pristine beach and a 15 minute hike up the mountainside to visit a trickling waterfall with a small pond under it. The best part is the refreshing fruit drinks.
Sailing The Waterhouse