1/1/22 – 4/6/22: Puerto Escondido to Puerto Vallarta

On New Years Day Puerto Escondido was sunny and bright. Definitely the nicest marina in the Sea of Cortez. We loved it there but had to push on to Puerto Vallarta to get ready for the big Jump!

We first sailed a lazy day south to Agua Verde, with it’s distinctive island rock at the entrance that looks like a breaching humpback whale from a distance.

After a good night’s sleep in a somewhat crowded anchorage we rose to clear skies and winds in the high teens and twenties. We headed out into the waves then downwind to San Evaristo.

This was our third time anchoring at San Evaristo now and it was as beautiful as ever.

From San Evaristo we sailed to Ensenada Grande near the north end of Isla Partida to spend one night leaving the next morning to sail to Bahia Los Muertos but once we rounded the north end of the island we decided to change course directly for Puerto Vallarta expecting a double overnight.

By 10:40pm we were sailing 8 knots on a broad reach. At 2:00am we cam a little closer to traffic than I would prefer!

By the afternoon of the third day, passing Isla Isabella and the Marias, our wind gave out and we had to motor the last few hours, passing the Tres Marietas at the entrance to Banderas Bay before arriving at the La Cruz Marina, our home away from home for the last year.

We enjoyed La Cruz and Puerto Vallarta. There is a market every Sunday in the Marina with music, vendors and great food!

While in La Cruz we painted new markers on the chain, installed a new VHF Radio, added another 375 watt solar panel, acquired seven 5 gallon Jerry Cans for extra diesel, visited with friends and re-provisioned for our possibly 3 week passage to the Marquesas.

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