5/27/2013 – In La Paz

Just a quickie to let you all know that we are safe and sound at Costa Baja Marina in La Paz. Haven’t written yet as the first few days have been kind of a flurry what with cleaning the boat, schlepping fuel, getting groceries, and fulfilling 2 of our food cravings. Today we’re catching the early shuttle to town and then walking 2.4 miles to the Aero Calafia office to get our tickets for flying from La Paz to Tijuana in July. We’ll have breakfast somewhere along the walk. Maybe tomorrow I’ll make some time to sit down and write and post some photos from the last couple of months. Good to be back in La Paz where it’s so much easier to rack up the alking miles than it seems to be anywhere else.

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About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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10 Responses to 5/27/2013 – In La Paz

  1. Don Strong says:

    Why to Tijuana from La Paz and not into US? Is not crossing the border a real pain? I recall that you took a bus last year or the year before. Thanks, Don

    • sryoder says:

      La Paz to Tijuana via Aereo Calafia costs about the same (1500 pesos each, about $125.00) as it cost us two years ago to ride the bus from Loreto to San Diego and it’s SO much faster. We’ll take the bus from the Tijuana airport to the border and walk through. Pretty much the same experience as going across the border on the bus except that you get to wait on the bus instead of standing in line. But we waited on the bus for a long time. Taking a plane all the way to LA (or San Diego), you still have to schlep yourself and all your stuff through Customs at the airport. A pain no matter how you d it but I doubt that walking across will be any worse than the other methods. I’ll be sure to let you know. Oh, btw, from San Diego we’re taking the Amtrak to Oregon. Screw TSA.

  2. art says:

    You can buy Volaris tickets online.
    No need for hard copy tickets. Just present ID the La Paz airport.
    I’ve done it several times for a TJ flight with no issues.

    • sryoder says:

      I’ll have to check Volaris out as to price. Theoretically I could buy Aereo Calafia tickets on-line as well. But after their site gave me weird returns a couple times I decided the walk to the office would do me good.

    • sryoder says:

      Just checked the Volaris website and,for the day we want to travel, the prices at Aereo Calafia are better and the flight time is more convenient. But Volaris looks like a viable alternate for sure.

  3. Chuck says:

    Hey S&l, Congrats on getting back to La Paz successfully. Are you leaving the boat in Costa Lotta when you go back to the States? Would enjoy hearing in a post how much sailing you actually got to do since departing San Carlos and arriving in La Paz ? What’s that about 4 months?

    All the best to you two

    C&L
    Golfito, Costa Rica

    • sryoder says:

      Let’s see, we left San Carlos the day after Christmas and arrived in La Paz on May 26. So that’s an even 5 months. Five months to go 234 nautical miles. That’s what, like 47 miles per month (47 mpm). Yep, that seems like just about the right pace to us. As to how much of that time was spent actually sailing, well, that’s just going to have to remain between us and our favorite upwind sail. Suffice it to say that, even when we were sailing, we always arrived at our destination with fully charged batteries.

      We decided to go ahead and spend the big bucks to leave Siempre Sabado at Costa Baja when we head up to the States since, if a hurricane were to hit La Paz while we were gone, I can’t think of a better hole to hide in.

      BTW, I’ve been hearing terrible things about the food in Central America. I know you appreciate a good spicy taco so I think I can trust your answer. Is the food really bland and monotonous as I’ve been hearing? This could be a deal breaker for a Central American trip 😉

      • Chuck says:

        First your choice of CB marina is right on. The safest place in La Paz and maybe all of Mexico if you are in the inner harbor which I think you are.

        Secondly your right about the food in CA. Simply stated its Terrible compared to Mexican food. It made us miss Mexico the moment we left. When ever we came back to the US after living in Mexico we always told our friends No Mexican food please. Now we are saying where is the best Mexican food!

        Chuck

  4. xyz says:

    Kinda second the Central American food vote.
    I sailed there in the past (time in Costa Rica mainly).
    What struck me was the shift in food offerings in restaurants (note, I don’t often eat out, but when I do, I want it to satisfy a craving).

    Bottom line …. Kinda bland. CR is big on black beans (not re fried), The taco/enchilada is nowhere to be seen. Alot less spices, oh … and let’s not forget.
    While ashore, or sleeping:
    LOCK LOCK LOCK your dinghy and OUTBOARDS!!! EXTRA HEAVY-DUTY CHAIN & LOCKS
    Ticos have a tendency to pinch OBs in the dead of night and they are very accomplished in that endeavor.

    Note, Panama isn’t so bad. There’s a notable difference.

  5. cody says:

    My boss’daughter just got back from a year in Central America and she said the food was very bland and unimpressive. She had been cooking non-stop since she had been home.

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