Monday, December 24, 2012

Feliz Navidad from Barra de Navidad

Merry Christmas!!!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from the land of sunshine, sandy beaches, palm trees and warm Mexican culture.  Our thoughts are with our friends and family, far and near, who we keep close to our hearts.  

We've spent the last week or two exploring the anchorages to the north and south of Bahia de Navidad.    Adventures have included many overnight trips to nearby secluded anchorages, with fantastic snorkeling and tasty menus ashore.  A few errands were thrown in to ensure we have enough provisions aboard as well as fuel and laundry done.  Shindig is looking neat and clean as she's has had several nice washes by eager staff when we've pulled into marinas.   

In the towns of Barra de Navidad and Melaque, the restaurants and shops sport some blow-up snowmen and reindeer, many twinkling lights and a few decorations in the neighborhoods.  Everyone is still wearing shorts and t-shirts.  The small tiendas (stores) may have decorations for sale, but overall, the appearances are of a perpetual beach town with colored surf wear, inflatable toys and flip flops for sale.  Further off the beach, the stores offer tortillas, fresh fish, street tacos, bananas and pineapples.  There are no timeshare presentations here. 

We're treating ourselves to some marina time now, and are at the Wyndham Hotel's Grand Bay Hotel Marina.  It is a fantasticaly deluxe resort, with all the amenities. Not surprising that Nancy is in the gym every morning. The first day we enjoyed french fries and pina coladas pool side. We explored each slide that connects the three main pools. There is even a "secret" pool off the 10th floor, with incredible views of the marina and lagoon, and quiet chaise lounges.  During our first night, we hosted a small Shindig with three other couples. A few nights ago we had a little reunion hosted by Patty and Ken on Oogachaka, with Brian and Elizabeth from Autumn Wind.  There was a lively game of electronic charades; the ladies lost, but are eager for a re-match.  The French Baker also makes his way via boat to the marina daily, where he delivers fresh baguettes, croissants and other pastries.  Muy Bueno!
View from hotel of Marina and Lagoon in background 

Santiago Bay Christmas Tree
Enjoying Red Snapper on the Beach, Sarandeado Style at Santiago Bay
Las Hadas Resort

Hiking to the bus stop on the way to Mega (like a Costco)

Bryan and Nancy on their super fast ATVs

Bonjour! Would you like pain de chocolat or a baguette aujourd'hui?
The French Baker makes his daily rounds

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