We are back in Banderas Bay in La Cruz getting provisions and the boat cleaned before heading north to Mazatlan and then on to the Sea of Cortez. It is getting close to when we have to make a decision regarding where to spend hurricane season. With not much exciting going on I thought I would post a few random pictures we took that somehow didn’t find their way in to a blog.

This first one is of a sea turtle we caught on camera as he was swimming around the docks in the marina. I say ‘he’ but I really don’t have a clue whether it was male or female. Lucky for me he kept surfacing and I was able to snap a picture right when he came up. They let out a little gasp of breath when they break surface. Not as big as the one we had swimming with us a few years back in Waikiki but just as pretty.

Sea turtle swimming off the docks in Marina La Cruz

Sea turtle swimming off the docks in Marina La Cruz

The blessing of the fishing fleet is an annual event here. This is a collage of fishing boats decorated by each captain and their family. The boats parade the five or so miles from La Cruz to Bucerias and then charge up on to the beach. It is tied in with one of the many religious ceremonies that take place here.

Fishing boats decorated for a parade from La Cruz to Bucerias

Fishing boats decorated for a parade from La Cruz to Bucerias

The last two pictures are from the beach in Barra Navidad. It was a about a two mile hike to get there but it was worth it. There are stairs leading up to the top of a rocky bluff and Gary snapped the picture of the surf near the top. The beach was so steep no swimming was possible but the waves were so large there was no way I would have attempted it anyway.

The rocky bluff at the Barra Navidad beach.  If you look carefully you can see stairs leading up over the top and down to another cove.

The rocky bluff at the Barra Navidad beach. If you look carefully at the very left of the bluff you can see stairs leading around at the side and down to another cove. The water marks indicated that waves crash over these stairs probably at high tide.

Gary caught a great shot of the surf from the bluff

Gary caught a great shot of the surf from the bluff

Barra Navidad, Mexico

Still enjoying the Barra Navidad area but we moved from the lagoon to the marina where we have full privileges to the resort facilities. We love swimming off the boat when at anchor, but a pool in a resort with a swim up bar is a close second.

The marina at Isla Grand Resort Bahia Navidad

The marina at Isla Grand Resort Bahia Navidad

Pool at Isla Grand Resort

Pool at Isla Grand Resort

The town of Barra has a lot more happening than La Cruz. Restaurants, bars, a few tiny markets but Barra has small shops, which La Cruz does not have. And since Barra is bigger, there are way more locals in the restaurants and shops than there are boaters. A nice change from La Cruz.

The town of Barra

The town of Barra. A street sign with an ‘E’ indicates whether you can park there or not.

Many side streets with lots of trees and locals

Many side streets with lots of trees and locals

Coca Cola no Pepsi here

Coca Cola no Pepsi here

Small grocery store with fruit and veggies out on the sidewalk

Small grocery store with fruit and veggies out on the sidewalk

Many restaurants have tables on the sidewalk

Many restaurants have tables on the sidewalk

A nice bay view from this restaurant

A nice bay view from this restaurant

After Hola (Hi) this is the next Spanish word that you learn (bathroom!)

After Hola (Hi) this is the next Spanish word that you learn (bathroom!)

Stop taking pictures of me!

Stop taking pictures of me!

Bésame Mucho (Kiss me a lot) great food.  We ate here twice.

Bésame Mucho (Kiss me a lot) great food. We ate here twice.

Church in the town of Barra

Church in the town of Barra

We had dinner upstairs in restaurant Loco Loco and it felt like we were in a tree fort.

We had dinner upstairs in restaurant Loco Loco and it felt like we were in a tree fort.

Here is where the French Baker creates all the goodies he delivers to our boat.

Here is where the French Baker creates all the goodies he delivers to our boat.

' Large behind ' the scene view of an amateur fashion show. (Comment provided by Gary LOL)

‘ Large behind ‘ the scene view of an amateur fashion show. (Comment provided by Gary LOL)

One of the drinks many of the bars feature in Barra is the Michelada. Typically this is beer and Clamato Juice but we were seeing some other interesting takes on it. We decided to give them a try at Nacho’s where the owner, Carlos, is the bartender. While Carlos has a very small bar, he crafts exceptional cocktails.

Carlos crafting a new drink behind his tiny street side bar

Carlos crafting a new drink behind his tiny street side bar

Our waiter was Paco who speaks very good English. He is the ‘front man’ for Nachos pulling in people off the sidewalk. After talking with Paco, Gary chose a Michelada that included tamarind and I chose one with shrimp soup. I know you are probably all thinking, how gross is that. Carlos added ice and garnished them with cucumbers sprinkled with spices and we had one helluva big drink. I’m not sure we liked the combination enough to order them again but we both liked it well enough to finish them.

Here is Paco the 'front man' for Nacho's.  Paco brings them in and Carlos wows them with excellent cocktails.

Here is Paco the ‘front man’ for Nacho’s. Paco brings them in and Carlos wows them with excellent cocktails.

Michalada decorated with spiced cucumbers on top

Michalada decorated with spiced cucumbers on top

This was a very big Michalada.  Luckly the only alcohol was beer.

This was a very big Michalada. Luckly the only alcohol was beer.

Margareta's at Nachos

Margareta’s at Nachos

In talking with Paco we learned he teaches English and Spanish as well as instructing cooking classes. The following day he was teaching a class of 32 how to make chili relleno’s. When I mentioned that was a lot of people for a cooking class, Paco said ‘well I like to make money’.

Gary and I were walking back to the boat one hot afternoon and we came upon a small dog who looked very hot and stressed laying in the shade on the sidewalk. He didn’t move though we were only steps away. We hustled to our boat, filled up a plastic bowl with some water and I took off back to the dog. As I was approaching the gangway leading from the dock up to the sidewalk, I met a woman who appeared dressed more for an afternoon luncheon at a posh LA restaurant than a day on the docks. This is a sight you don’t normally see here so I assumed she was a visitor. She greeted me cheerfully and noting that I was balancing a bowl of water let me go ahead of her. Eager to get the dog some water, I hustled down the sidewalk to the left and she went to the right. But the dog wanted nothing to do with me or the water so off he went. There was a flurry of excitement further down the sidewalk at the sight of the dog. A couple who clearly knew the dog called out to his ‘mommy’ behind me that the dog had been found. I turned around and of course it was the lady in the dress. He had wandered off the dock and she was just going to look for him when we met at the gangway. My efforts to ‘save’ her dog got me a hug. And yes, she dresses like that all the time. She owns a trawler so I guess she has the room.

Road Trip to Manzanillo

When Gary posted to Facebook that we were on a road trip, my brother-in-law Mike responded ‘you are on a boat how can you be on a road trip?’ We needed provisions that we couldn’t find in the small markets here. So we threw some clothes in a backpack, took the water taxi to the land taxi, and headed out 25 miles away to Manzanillo. We wanted to check out the anchorages here as well, so we asked the driver to take us to Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina. We were hoping to get a room there for the night and we are so glad we did! Bolivian billionaire Don Antenor Patiño hired José Luis Ezquerra, a famous Spanish architect, to create a fairytale resort. After 10 years of construction, Patiño’s dream was realized when the resort opened in 1974 as Las Hadas or ‘The Fairies’. The white washed buildings are on multiple levels tucked in to a hill overlooking the bay. Walking along the cobbled paths passing turrets and towers you have the sense of being in a fairytale. Hollywood soon discovered the beauty of Las Hadas. In 1979 the movie “10” starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore was filmed here.

The movie "10" was filmed at Las Hadas

The movie “10” was filmed at Las Hadas

This resort is just beautiful! But I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The view from our balcony.  We were on the 6th level.

The view from our balcony. We were on the 6th level.

One of many sets of stairs leading up to the multiple levels of suites

One of many sets of stairs leading up to the multiple levels of suites

The cobble stone paths twist and turn

The cobble stone paths twist and turn

Beautiful palm trees at Las Hadas

Beautiful palm trees at Las Hadas

We got lost a few times

We got lost a few times

White washed room with a large clam shell for a headboard.  All rooms overlooked the bay

White washed room with a large clam shell for a headboard. All rooms overlooked the bay

View of the bay from Las Hadas

View of the bay from Las Hadas

The small marina at Las Hadas.  Med moor docking

The small marina at Las Hadas. Med moor docking

The martini bar at Las Hadas

The martini bar at Las Hadas

Bahia Navidad Lagoon

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After a short hop down to Bahia Navidad, we entered the channel and were met with this lovely sight of the Isla Grand Resort.

Isla Grand Resort, Bahia Navidad

Isla Grand Resort, Bahia Navidad

Our destination was a lagoon situated behind the town of Barra Navidad and beside the resort. Our chart plotter showed a very narrow entry to the lagoon and we knew we were in for an adventurous entry after talking with other cruisers. There is an unmarked sand bar spread out across the entrance to the lagoon. We made several attempts to locate the break but no luck. We were going slow enough that each time we hit the bar, we were able to back off. Thinking we provided enough entertainment for the day, we put a call out to the other boaters. Three dinghies raced out and helped us locate the narrow path. Once in the lagoon we were greeted by a crazy old woman who yelled F bombs at us so we would not anchor anywhere near her. We actually know who she is. She participates in cruiser forums on the internet using pirate talk. Need I say more?

One afternoon we had one heck of a storm blow through for about 20 minutes. The rain came down so hard, we could not see the bow of the boat from the cockpit 40 feet away. With 31 knot winds Sereno II was twisting around on the anchor. Our decision to go oversized on our anchor (73 pounds) and connect it to 250 feet of all chain sure paid off. Did she drag? Heck no. One boat did drag and another had their dinghy go flying off the boat. It was one wild ride and we were very happy to be anchored and not on a passage.

But despite the entry, the crazy lady, the storm, and the gunky mud all over the anchor and chain we enjoyed the beauty of the lagoon and each morning a panga called the French Bakery pulled up along side the boat with fresh croissants, breads and pastries. His name is Emeric, he is from France and has a small cafe in a hotel in town. He has been delivering to boats since 2002. We could get really spoiled here!

The French Baker delivering bread and pastries to our boat

The French Baker delivering bread and pastries to our boat

We also had Water Taxi service. For 60 pesos round trip for two (currently $4.00 USD) we have a dry fast ride into town. After our last dinghy experience, a water taxi is heaven.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

Enjoying a dry ride in the water taxi

Enjoying a dry ride in the water taxi

With waypoints programmed into our chart plotter showing the way out, we left the lagoon with no problems. Sure would have been nice to have those on the way in lol. On the chart below, the red X’s show the safe route. It is just ‘a bit outside’ (for you ‘Major League’ fans) of the channel (shown in white).

Just follow the red X's

Just follow the red X’s

Bahia Tenacatita Mexico

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We were getting way to comfortable in Banderas Bay so it was time for us to get moving again. Right before noon on Gary’s birthday we pulled up anchor and began a 23 hour passage south for Bahia Tenacatita 125 nm away. It was our first overnight passage with just the two of us. Since it was one night and we were both well rested we did two hour watches. We arrived to discover a beautiful bay with about 15 other boats. The boaters had elected a ‘mayor’ who organized a dinghy raft up for Friday night. Bring an appetizer to share, your own plate, something to drink and spend time getting to know the other cruisers because as everyone moves about, we will run into them again in another anchorage.

Mayors raft up at Tenacatita

Mayors raft up at Tenacatita

In Banderas Bay we had the good fortune to have access to dinghy docks everywhere we went. Not so here but luckily the waves were on the smaller side. There was a small cantina beckoning us on shore so off we went in the dinghy. I counted the larger and smaller waves to get the pattern. Once I had it Gary gunned the engine and in we went on a small wave. Getting the propeller up while turning the outboard off and getting out of the dinghy before getting swamped will take some more practice. But we were happy with our landing and the ‘Mayor’ gave us a B-. Our departure, well thats another story. We enjoyed happy hour at the cantina with other boaters then all headed back to our dinghies. Everyone else launched with no major problems and since Gary and I were further down the beach, we were thankfully the last ones to go. I will put it out there right now. I messed up. We walked the dinghy into the surf and at my urging Gary jumped in to start the engine. I lost hold of the dinghy causing it to get hit broadside by a bigger wave. Gary was thrown head first out and I was run over by my own dinghy not once but twice lol. But hat and sunglasses stayed on! We dragged ourselves and the dinghy back to shore, emptied out the water, walked it further out since we were all wet anyway, jumped in and took off. I was telling Gary that I’m not sure my body can handle all the fun and excitement of living in paradise :)

The Mighty Fisherman Returns

We had the good fortune to have guests on board Sereno II this week. Our Baha Ha Ha crew member, chef and fisherman, Richard joined us along with his lovely wife Anita. Having left the San Francisco Bay area, they arrived on a hot day and not quite dressed for our tropical weather. In short order they changed clothes, had a drink in hand and began to slip into Mexico time. We have been in Banderas Bay for a little over two months. That doesn’t qualify us as experts but we were able to act as tour guides and show them both what we had discovered so far. We spent a full day out on the bay exploring the south side while Richard was trolling two fishing lines. Our mouths were watering for a tuna but sadly it was not to be. Not a bite or even seaweed for that matter, though a few birds were interested. But the day ended very well indeed. The wind picked up and after a great sail back we anchored out for a swim and happy hour before heading back to the marina where Richard prepared us a wonderful pasta dish.

Now for anyone who knows Richard, the one thing you do know is that he is not satisfied coming back empty handed from a fishing trip. So early one morning Richard and Gary hired a panga to take them to the spots that only panga fisherman know about. That means an hour away just outside the bay. Within 15 minutes Richard caught his first fish but for the next two hours nothing. They started to head back in and that is when the action started. A total of seven fish consisting of mahi mahi, dorado, and a toro were caught. They told a story of a big one getting away from Gary just before it reached the boat. Our freezer is full of fish and the ceviche was excellent!

Richard's first catch

Richard’s first catch

This was a Toro.  Puts up a strong fight and they were told is not good for eating

This was a Toro. Puts up a strong fight and they were told is not good for eating

Captain Jesus

Captain Jesus

While flying across the bay in a small boat to fish for hours, witnessing the blood and gore of the kill and watching men pee off the side of the boat does sound wonderful, Anita and I had other plans. Shopping and lunch in Sayulita! Living on a small boat means window shopping only for me but a nice lunch was had right on the beach.

We said our goodbyes as they headed off to spend the night in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Anita’s birthday. It was wonderful meeting Anita and we wish them the best in their future travels.

Making sushi

Making sushi

Sashimi and sushi.  What a feast!

Sashimi and sushi. What a feast!

Enough with the pictures. We want to eat!

Enough with the pictures. We want to eat!

Anita and Richard.  We enjoyed our last dinner together overlooking Marina La Cruz

Anita and Richard. We enjoyed our last dinner together overlooking Marina La Cruz

Puerto Vallarta

We decided to move the boat to the marina right in central Puerto Vallarta for a few days. There were mostly power boats for charter in this marina and the crews would pull in at the end of the day and make big tubs of ceviche to eat on the docks. From this location we could walk to the largest marine chandlery in the area and take a short taxi ride to Costco, Walmart, and Old Town. We spent two afternoons and early evenings walking areas of Puerto Vallarta. While being in the city was a definite change of pace, it was hot. But, we had a good time and great food two out of three dinners. And the best part was we went to the only craft beer brewery in Puerto Vallarta.

Here are some pictures we’ve taken over the last week.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe with its trademark Crown of Angels which were added in 1963.  There is some controversy over whether this is a church or cathedral since there is no bishop.  While construction started in the early 1920’s, it wasn’t finished until the 1940’s.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe with its trademark Crown of Angels which were added in 1963. There is some controversy over whether this is a church or cathedral since there is no bishop. While construction started in the early 1920’s, it wasn’t finished until the 1940’s.

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Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Los Muertos Brewery the only craft beer brewery in Puerto Vallarta

Los Muertos Brewery the only craft beer brewery in Puerto Vallarta

Artists Restaurant

Artists Restaurant

Flower Girl in wedding at Our Lady of Guadalupe

Flower Girl in wedding at Our Lady of Guadalupe

Complimentary Barcelona Tapas Complimentary after dinner drink at Barcelona Tapas

Sunset Barcelona Tapas

Sunset Barcelona Tapas

White sangria at Barcelona Tapas.  Very refreshing!  The red sangria is very good as well.

White sangria at Barcelona Tapas. Very refreshing! The red sangria is very good as well.

Papaya martini's on the boat

Papaya martini’s on the boat

Fish market at the marina in La Cruz

Fish market at the marina in La Cruz

Fishing panga's lined up

Fishing panga’s lined up at the marina in La Cruz

Eating pizza in a half pipe in La Cruz at Pizza Pan

Eating pizza in a half pipe in La Cruz at Pizza Pan

New Year 2015

Of all the things to worry about prior to setting sail in October, I was most worried about Christmas. Not the gifts or decorating or any of that stuff. I was worried that something would prevent Austin from spending Christmas with us. All that stress left on December 14th when Austin and his girlfriend Nicki pulled up in the taxi. We tried different options to bring Oakley, but in the end she stayed in Austin’s apartment in Arizona with her friends Jake (human friend) and Kali (furry friend).

We decided to spend their first six days at Paradise Village Marina where we get all the amenities of the resort so they could relax by the pool and beach after the stresses of fall semester. I know, spoiled! One afternoon we wondered around Puerto Vallarta and had an awesome dinner at Barcelona Tapas high on a hill overlooking the bay and city. If you have never done a tapas menu, I highly recommend it. Would definitely go back. Gary and I had the chance to wonder through the residential streets away from the tourist section. The architecture is amazing.

Residential area of Puerto Vallarta

Residential area of Puerto Vallarta

Despite the warnings of crocodiles in the waterways in and around Paradise Village, Austin got out on the paddle board. That shows confidence in your skills! Of course, Gary, Nicki and I were in the dingy not too far off LOL.

On December 20th, we left the resort area and headed over to La Cruz further north in Banderas Bay to spend Christmas. This is a quiet fishing town and while there were no pools, we had two beaches to swim in along with great places to paddle board and use the dingy. Two juvenile dolphins took up residence at the end of our dock so Austin and Nicki got to play with them while on the paddle board.

Off to the beach on the paddle board

Off to the beach on the paddle board

We spent one day out in the bay and were treated to many whale sightings. We were really excited Austin got to experience that from the boat. We anchored off Punta Mita, and since it was too rough to take the dingy to shore, Austin and Nicki swam in for lunch. Once they got near shore they discovered why no one else was swimming. The water and beach were all rocks. Glad Gary and I sat that one out on the boat! We know that Austin likes to haggle so we took them to Bucerias where he ‘negotiated’ the price on a blanket for his apartment.

Bucerias

Bucerias

Beach bar in Bucerias

Beach bar in Bucerias

Austin and Nicki in Bucerias

Austin and Nicki in Bucerias

A trip to the beach town of Sayulita was another fun day. On a previous trip we had discovered a great place for street tacos so of course we had to take Austin there. This was also makeup for the worst tacos ever. We heard that Charlie’s Place in La Cruz had an all you can eat Taco Bar on Tuesdays. It is really hard to screw up tacos but they sure did. Laid out on a card table with gringo hamburger meat and a few condiments. Need I say more!

And all too soon fifteen days passed and Austin was back in chilly Arizona with Oakley.

Oakley wrapped up in the blanket Austin bought

Oakley wrapped up in the blanket Austin bought

We tried to take them out to breakfast on their last day but when we got to the Octopuses Garden they let us know the cooking staff did not show up for work LOL. We sat down to have pastries and coffee and then the electricity went out. I watched them brew the coffee by pouring hot water through the filter of a Mr Coffee maker. It worked. We then headed back to the boat where Gary made us all breakfast.

Gary and I feel lucky to be able to follow this crazy dream and to have a great son who gets it. We are grateful to those of you who choose to follow our adventures. I don’t know yet where this year will take us, but I hope we can keep the blog entertaining.

We wish you all a New Year full of joy and happiness.
Gary and Cindy

Christmas Eve antipasta

Christmas Eve appetizers

Our Christmas picture 2014

Our Christmas picture 2014

Their last night

Their last night

Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara

We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in Guadalajara, the capitol and largest city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. This city is really large with a population of over 1.4 million plus visitors. Multiple bus companies run luxury busses between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara every hour almost round the clock. Check out the schedule.

Vallarta Plus Bus Schedule

Vallarta Plus Bus Schedule

On the surface it doesn’t seem too strange until you realize it is a four hour bus ride. It was a lovely ride through the mountains until we got to the sections where there are continuous ’S’ turns that last for 10-15 minutes. Some civil engineer must have spent many a year after that chuckling at all the people he made sick driving that road.

Some beautiful scenery on the bus ride

Some beautiful scenery on the bus ride

Guadalajara is broken into Zona’s and we picked Zona Minerva (also referred to as Zona Rosa) to stay in based on Fodors description as the pulse of the city with trendy restaurants, galleries, mansions and tree lined boulevards. We think it had all that but it was just as busy as the rest of the city. Rereading the description, the word quiet is missing LOL. We loved the place we stayed at, Villa Ganz. This is a boutique hotel in a historic 1930’s mansion with only 10 rooms, a lush garden, great breakfast and an honor bar in the evenings.

This is the entrance to Hotel Villa Ganz

Entrance to Hotel Villa Ganz

The grand staircase at Villa Ganz

The grand staircase at Villa Ganz

The outdoor garden at Villa Ganz

The outdoor garden at Villa Ganz

The outdoor patio in the evening.  There was a warm fire burning.

The outdoor patio in the evening. There was a warm fire burning.

The Christmas lights at Villa Ganz

The Christmas lights at Villa Ganz

So you might ask what is the draw to Guadalajara? One word, shopping. Apparently this is an international destination for shopping. I’m sure part of the draw is the history and the architecture. We spent one afternoon walking through Zona Centro where the historic Guadalajara Cathedral and other historic buildings are located.

A selfie at the Guadalajara Cathedral

A selfie at the Guadalajara Cathedral

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Fountain

We did do our share of shopping. We walked into one 4 store building that sold only jewelry. Too overwhelming for me. We really enjoyed looking at the artist work in Tlaquepaque. We wondered though who would actually buy the large pieces of furniture and artwork we saw.

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

Bar and chairs made entirely of wood.  This was one of the smaller pieces.  Some dinning room tables were the width of our boat.

Bar and chairs made entirely of wood. This was one of the smaller pieces. Some dinning room tables were the width of our boat.

The streets of Tlaquepaque

The streets of Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque

We enjoyed great food and drinks even though things may have gotten mixed up in the translation a bit. Gary ordered a Martini one night and got a Manhattan instead. When he did get a martini he thought it was the best martini he ever had. Paco, chilled the glass with ice, vermouth and club soda. He shook the copious amount of gin and then poured it into the emptied glass but not before smelling the glass to see if the proper amount of vermouth was left in the glass. Mucho Bueno!! We also were in craft beer heaven since none is sold where we are now.

A local bar

A local bar

And the fruit was unbelievable. Vendors sold containers of cut fruit on the street throughout the city. More healthy than the Starbucks or McDonalds which we have on every corner in the states.

A fresh fruit plate for breakfast

A fresh fruit plate for breakfast

We had 48 hours and we did our best to see the highlights. With a city this size we probably missed the best parts. The elevation there is around 5,100 feet. Even with the temperatures hovering in the 70’s, people were dressed in long pants, coats and even some scarves. Clearly they were all yearning for a change of wardrobe from the summer heat.

24 Hours in Sayulita

We are back at La Cruz and ready for some exploring. Surfer town, beach town both describe Sayulita, Mexico. We threw some clothes in a backpack, hopped in a taxi and set off to have some fun hoping to find a hotel with a vacancy so we could enjoy as much food and nightlife as possible. We were dropped off right at the town plaza in the middle of all the vendors and crafts people. A totally different atmosphere than quiet La Cruz. We had read about a funky hotel on the internet and lucky for us they had a vacancy. We dropped off our backpack and climbed the rock stairs to the roof deck where a complimentary bottle of tequila and some shot glasses were waiting. The USA does wine and the caribbean does rum but here in Mexico, complimentary tequila. We managed to make a very small dent in the bottle while taking in the view then headed out to explore.

Our room at Petit Hotel d'Hafa

Our room at Petit Hotel d’Hafa

Roof top deck

Roof top deck

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With no breakfast the first order of business was street tacos and a few Cerveza’s. The fish, chicken and beef were cooked on a wood grill to perfection. We had at least 8 condiments delivered to our table. The grilled onions with chopped up habinero peppers was not for the faint of heart LOL. All fed we were ready for beach time and a siesta!

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Many dinner places to choose from but first on the list was a tequila tasting for happy hour. I think we split 4 or 5 shots all for less than $15.00 US. Never could have done that many on my own and still make it to dinner.

Tequila Bar with 350 different tequila's

Tequila Bar with 350 different tequila’s

We chose a dinner place that turned out to be just ok which served the worse Margarita we have ever tasted. Seriously, straight lime juice. Next time we will stick to street food like we had for lunch. Walking around later we could see those were the places that were packed. The shops were opened late so we got to see some different Christmas decorations. Really the first stores we’ve been in since leaving San Diego. A cup of Joe in the morning and we were back in a taxi heading to our home. Definitely on our list of places to take Austin while he is here for Christmas.

Sayulita

Sayulita

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