Monday, February 11, 2008

Bahia Tenacatita

Our stay in Tenacatita has been wonderful. Tomorrow we are heading a little south to Santiago bay to look for our Canadian friends Gary and Sandy who have rented a house somewhere close by. This is the first place we have anchored that I actually feel we could stay here a long time. It is a beautiful setting. One end of the beach has a campground that is filled with local campers and their kids every weekend. It is fun to walk through the park and see people enjoying the weekend with their families just like we do in the northwest. The other end of our beach there is a medium size resort that never seems to have too many people. Both camp ground and resort cater to the Mexican community. In between the two is a stretch of absolutely wonderful beach lined with palm trees and jungle behind them. The beach itself is almost a half mile long and we are anchored almost in the middle. We are one of the closest boats to the beach so our view is unobstructed. The air temperature is finally tropical holding steady around 85 each day and in the mid sixties at night. The water temperature is always around 80 making it perfectly refreshing anytime you wish to jump in and cool off. The sunsets are incredible with the sun falling behind our backdoor and the beach leaving a orange hue to silhouette the palms and jungle. There has been as many as 45 boats here during our stay, but it never seems crowded where ever we go. One of the highlights of this area is the jungle cruise. A small and narrow estuary that winds through the mangroves for a couple of miles. At times it is so dense, narrow and low you have to duck to make it through. The trip takes about two hours to maneuver your way to the small lake at the end. Even though we only saw tons of birds there are Boas, crocodiles and all sort of other jungle inhabitants. Coming out of the jungle and into the lake is like a ride at Disney Land. To your left are small palapas on the beach to land your dingy. From there it is a short walk back to a beach where there are a dozen palapas style restaurants. The one we choose had the best Fish Roles we have tasted.

On the other side of the bay is a small village called La Manzanilla. We spent a wonderful day with two other boats wandering the streets of this quaint little town. Except for the prices of food and real estate it really seems untouched by large masses of tourists. One end of the town is a lagoon that at high tide might spill over to the sea, but is also the home to a large number of Crocodiles. They were huge just lying basking in the sun. There was nothing keeping them from wandering through the town or the palapas just yards away. Even though they looked very full and content, I could only imagine them exploring the streets and beach at night looking for stray pets or other victims. On our way back through the town we came across a small upscale art gallery displaying the works of about fifteen local artists. Their work was worthy of any wall and we truly enjoyed our little stop. We had a great lunch at a beach front restaurant called Martins. The Cesear salad and other delights were prepared right at your table. Except for the open air atmosphere and the language barrier, we could have been at any upscale restaurant anywhere. The lunch was so good that when we found our self stuck on the beach because of bad weather we decided to stay for dinner. All was not perfect though, when we were leaving at dusk I had an accident in the shallow, dark, and dirty water that has laid me up for over five days. My next blog entry will explain what happened.
We have great pictures to add once we have internet so come back and check it out.

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