Ixtapa to Banderas Bay

After our visit to Ixtapa, we traveled the 350 miles north back to Banderas Bay.  Our first day out of Ixtapa we were surrounded by hundreds of porpoises, feeding, leaping and spinning.  Along the way we revisited Barra de Navidad and its french baker for Easter weekend and Tenacatita.  We also anchored several days at Las Hadas, a place we intentionally bypassed on our way down so that we could explore it on our northbound trip (see next post).  We also ducked into Chemala late one night for refuge after 20+ knot northwest winds frustrated our nocturnal efforts to sneak around Cabo Corrientes.  During our relaxed day in Chemala we were surprised by voices near Elizabeth Jean.  Three nice women from Guadalajara in a panga were admiring our boat and asked if they could come aboard for a  photograph.  We were happy to oblige.  We awoke early the next morning and rounded Corrientes in early afternoon with light winds.  The strong afternoon thermals coaxed us across Banderas Bay to the Punta de Mita anchorage, where we began our mainland cruising in late February.

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Vintage chart showing Cabo Corrientes and the Costalegre.  The cape juts out center left in the picture.

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