Marina La Cruz at Huanacaxtle

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Sun 13 May 2012 04:09
20:44.92N 105:22.83W   Marina La Cruz at Huanacaxtle
We have spent a lovely week at this marina on the north side of Banderas Bay, about 20kms north of Puerto Vallarta.  As we headed into the bay, we passed two giant cruise ships and I had a good laugh, recalling the TV show "Love Boat", that flighted on SABC in the 80's.  I loved that show and can still hear the tune in my head!
This is a brand new marina with great facilities and is on the edge of a small town that has quite a few restaurants and bars, which we have been frequenting. We have met some really good people here and have enjoyed socializing.  Twice we have been to a local bar called Philos, where the food is pretty average, but the entertainment is fun. Philo has a band which has included a guy with a washboard and a little boy of about 4 who pretends to play his little guitar while singing along!  And excellent Margaritas!
On Monday I  went to a Spanish class, (every bit helps) and I can now even pronounce the name of this town easily goes some thing like:  "Wanna Cast Le".  Even Mike is now saying "hola, gracias, por favor and amigo"
Mike's brother John has also come for a visit - while he arrived in pretty good shape after his very long 4 flight trip from Cape Town - his luggage did not! However, with the help of Blanca from the marina we managed to trace it and it was delivered the following day.  Yesterday Mike and John went to the local fish market and bought us some flounder.. which was delicious!
Leon: Note the thimbles!                                                                   Fresh flounder from Huanacaxtle fish market
The big event of this last week has been the team of guys that Mike got in to clean up the outside of the boat.  Coordinated by Adriano, we had the hull and top-side polished; the stainless steel buffed; the teak rail varnished and the bottom cleaned. Mike did start that job himself, but then was quite happy to hand it over to a diver. These guys did a fantastic job and Time2 looks brand new again.
Today I headed to town to go clothes shopping with two of the gals who work at the marina. We had a great time, ending up having drinks and snacks at another marina. The world of cruising is filled with couples and single men, so this was a real treat to spend the day with some really nice young woman and have a fun time.
Tomorrow we head out of Banderas Bay and start our trip towards the Sea of Cortez and the Baja peninsula.  We will take our time heading up this coast a little, before doing the 500+ kms to La Paz on the other side.
Marina La Cruz