The Voyage of the Swan
 
Rhonda sits with a local at the Marina Coral. This one didn’t have much to say.
Checking in was straight forward. It’s all done in one place (Immigration, Customs and Port Captain) and takes about two hours and $130.
Excellent fish tacos and beer. It’s what I came for! The large mugs are full of every kind of hot sauce.
We walked along the waterfront to practice our Spanish. It was quiet except for the sea lions.
There were images of famous Mexican heroes impressively displayed near the waterfront.
Venustiano Carrenza was a leader in the Mexican Revolution and elected President in 1914.
Shops near the famous La Bufadora, the largest blowhole in the world (it was not active today).
The ocean on the way to La Bufadora. We took a tour to this special place.
This is Thania, our tour guide. We learned a lot of Spanish from her. She was a great teacher and guide.
Fish tacos, clams, shrimp, beer and a margarita at La Bufadora for the price of two Big Mac meals in San Diego.
Sunrise, 40 miles off Baja. A brand new unspoiled day.
The famous arch at the entrance to Bahia San Luis del Cabo. We were happy we would soon have the hook down after eight days at sea.
As many as three cruise ships at a time were anchored at Cabo. Encountering these behemoths at sea in the night is not fun. We saw many.
Our stowaway. This little bird got lost and stayed for a while, then left. We were 30 miles from land so it’s doubtful he made it back.
This is broad reaching in 25 kts. about 15 miles from Cabo, staysail and reefed main, doing seven kts.
La Paz, at last. It’s a beautiful place with beautiful people. We could get hooked on this!
The pool at the Costa Baja Marina. Gotta love Mexico!
Our slip at Costa Baja Marina. The marina is surrounded by little shops and restaurants.
This is lovely La Paz. Marina Palmyra is in the foreground. Mexicans are serious about keeping the water and sea life in the area healthy.
We are anchored at Caleta Lobos, north of La Paz. We cleaned the bottom here and spent four quiet days in this enchanting getaway.
While at Lobos, we were boarded and inspected by the Mexican navy (“Marina”). They were very professional, polite and friendly.
At anchor in Lobos. Just before this was taken, a mahi mahi jumped out of the water three times while chasing smaller fish behind the boat.
On a hike with Jim and Diane (s/v Prairie Oyster). We last saw them in Fiji and ran into them accidentally in La Paz after three years.
The Tamale Lady. She makes all sorts and sells them for 15 pesos each. Most yummy!
Our friend, Ricardo, full of gentle wit and wisdom and always ready to make a deal.
Shell hunting at San Evaristo.
Beautiful sunsets are not unusual in the Sea of Cortez, but this one was a standout.
 
 
 
Voyages: Mexico I
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November 4, 2012 to January 24, 2013 – We sailed 65 nautical miles to Ensenada, Mexico, from San Diego. It was a beautiful sail. On the way, a humpback whale breeched numerous times, sometimes completely clearing the water, within a half mile of us. We cleared in to Mexico here.
A week later, we sailed for Cabo San Lucas (740 nm), staying out 30 to 60 miles to keep our wind and arrived in Cabo eight days later. We experienced some calms and light air along the way, but it was a good passage. We were accompanied by our old friends: whales, dolphins and sea birds. We also found a lot of small squid on the deck each morning. We stayed two days in Cabo, then sailed for La Paz (138 nm), which we made in 24 hours. We will stay here for awhile to enjoy Old Mexico and cruise the Baja California South.
 
 
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