Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tenacatita and La Manzanilla

Next we headed further south to another big and gorgeous bay, Tenacatita. A quieter beach scene, but an active cruiser community awaited us. We listened to the 9 am morning net on the VHF radio, getting to know the personalities and habits of some of the regulars. Some folks have been staying for months and doing so for years. Each Friday, the self-proclaimed mayor of Ten Bay organizes a raft-up for sharing hors d’ ouvres and chatting. Each afternoon, “swim team” assembles for the lap to the beach for bocce ball.  Lots of friendly folks share local knowledge, expertise, BS, and help each other when they can. We could stay on our boat and meet plenty of people dinghying around the anchorage and stopping by to say “hey.” 
Our cruiser group went in on a panga rental to get to town for provisioning

One day we joined 6 other people in renting a panga and driver to take us five miles across the bay to the town of La Manzanilla. As the photos show, we really loved walking the town and can’t seem to stop photographing the best-looking houses and creative architecture. There is, in Mexico some of the weirdest architecture we have ever seen.  Lots of “snowbirds” in these towns – from the US west coast and British Columbia. Some are doing the RV thing and some have built up-scale homes in the hills.
Photos from our day trip to La Manzanilla on Tenacatita Bay:

Hillside mansions
Beautiful entries

Loved this garage door and vent cover!

Colorful town

Green oasis above the ocean
its resident
and the view
The town square centered around the church

always open
a gorgeous entry
with the structure? above it 

Local kids

Street vendors

Unusual insects
and cocos frescos

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