We had a great week in Punta Perula. Last night kind of topped things off nicely. First there were the beer can races. Not sailboat-type beer can races but actual decorated beer cans racing against each other. Lulu and I won a pocketful of pesos from that due to our uncanny ability to accurately rate the various beer cans. After that, our friends Alan and Elizabeth from s/v Vivacia (who just sailed in that afternoon) joined by Russ and Debra (former sailboat cruisers, now RVers), and Ian and Ellen who are also cruisers who are currently taking a road trip instead of sailing, for dinner alfresco under the concrete palapa at the RV park. Lulu made pasta carbonara and a salad, Ian and Ellen contributed some fresh pineapple and papaya, and Russ and Debra brought dessert in the form of key lime pudding (it didn’t quite set up as Deb hoped but it was really good nonetheless.
Knowing we weren’t going very far today, we took our time getting started. The park is small and we took long enough that pretty much everyone there had a chance to stop by and say “Adios” before we actually hit the road. It’s a great little park and a really nice group of people but, nevertheless, it was time to move on. Our goal was to drive all the way to San Patricio Melaque, a distance of something like 73 kilometers. However, partway there we changed our minds and decided to spend a night or two at Boca de Iguana. With a name like that, how could we resist? This also cut our trip from 73 km to about 60 km. For the metrically challenged, that’s something like 36 miles.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I sort of remembered overhearing a conversation that contained the phrase, “…but, since Boca is closed…” so I wasn’t really all that surprised when we approached the Boca Beach RV park to see a rope strung across the entrance. A woman came out and watched us but didn’t seem to be making any moves to remove the rope. So, I parked and walked over and asked, “¿Abierto?” She replied, “Sí.” and then proceeded to explain the rates to me in pretty rapid-fire Spanish. I picked up enough to get the meat of what she was saying. Basically, the nightly rate for an RV with full hook-ups was $280 (~$20US) but, if we wanted a beachfront site it would be another $200/night. No, no, that’s OK. A non-beachfront site would be just fine, thank you. She lowered the rope and we drove in and circled around looking for an ideal spot. We found what we thought was a good spot and got all hooked-up. However, we soon discovered that the water pressure was CRAPPY! we walked around and checked some other sites and found that the closer we got to the beach, the better the pressure was. So, we unhooked everything and moved. Lesson learned: always check water pressure, etc. before deciding on a spot. It was just as well that we moved as the other spot was in the direct sunlight and hot. Our new spot was shady. Still hot, but at least it was a shady heat.
To those coming behind us: The park is pretty nice. Lots of palm trees for shade. Sites are spacious and you’re not right on top of your neighbor. Large bathrooms with many toilets and showers. Showers have hot water. They have free wifi. HOWEVER. Out of the 7 or 8 shower stalls for the men, only one had a shower head. Similar for the women. The water pressure in the shower is low and will take a long time to rinse you off. There are a ton of flies. They dole the wifi out in 3-hour chunks. When your 3 hours is up, you have to go find the owner and have her issue you another password. We’ll probably just stay here one night.
There is a nice long beach to walk. Boca is pretty much at one end of the bay and you can walk all the way to La Manzanilla at the other end. Lulu and I walked at least 3/4 of the way and back. It’s not as nice a walking beach as Punta Perula but pretty close. However, there was only one place along the beach to stop for a cerveza and maybe something to eat.
Lulu swam out from the beach but said that the water was way too murky to be able to see anything. From where we are we can see the anchorage at Tenacatita. Looks like around 14-15 boats anchored there at the moment.
Not sure where we’re bound for tomorrow. If we go to Melaque, it’s only about a 15 km trip. However, due to the placement of the RV park in Melaque, we’d be able to explore the town easily. Or, we could go to Manzanillo (not to be confused with La Manzanilla mentioned above), get some groceries, etc. and then boogie on down the coast to Coconutz RV park at Cuyutlán. OR, we could stop for a day or two at Melaque and then proceed on the Cuyutlán. Oh, man! So many choices. So many decisions to make. And, no matter which way we choose to go, it’ll be the right way. That’s the kind of pressure a guy can learn to live with.
I realized that I failed to record our mileage last time. So this should bring us up to date:
Puerto Vallarta to Punta Perula: 94 miles
Punta Perula to Boca Beach: 39 miles
Total to-date: 7,214 miles