The Flavor of Coastal Mexico

Something a little different from our friends Meghan and Prescott aboard S/V Velella this week. This photo blog gives a slice of the amazing places they’ve encountered as they explore the tiny pueblos of Mexico’s west coast, away from the burgeoning tourist hubs. These are places best (and sometimes only) seen by sailboat. See more on ASA’s Flickr stream!

mural in barra de navidad
(Translation: OUR HISTORY. The town was known by various names, such as the Port of Xalisco, the Port of Juan Gallego, Purification Port, the Port of the Holy Spirit, and the Port of Cihuatlan, until the year 1541 when the Viceroy of New Spain (Mexico), Don Antonio de Mendoza, arrived on the 25th of December. It was given the name Barra de Natividad or Barra de Navidad (Port Christmas) to commemorate the arrival of the Viceroy.)

Streets of Chacala
Wall art
Wall art in the best taco shop in San Blas
nessie and rockfish
Nessie is very interested in a rockfish
prescott waterfall
Prescott at the foot of one of the Yelapa waterfalls
Swimming in Ensenada de Carrizal

Now doesn’t that look like fun? ASA has a number of adventurous flotillas coming up in 2011, not to mention all of our fabulous sailing schools around the world, to help you get out there and live the dream too.

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The pictures are inviting just looking at them gives me the sounds of what is going on in the background. The streets of Chacala are empty it must have been siesta time.

Joe Plumley
Joe Plumley

How is the security now. I sailed down to Barre de Navidad a few years ago and it was ok. How is it now?



@Joe: We have felt quite secure everywhere on the coast all the way down to Manzanillo. Of course, we put the dinghy up at night–Barra has a reputation for disappearing dinghys–but none have ever been stolen while hoisted out of the water at night. The only security issue that affected our cruise was some reported turbulence in the state of Michoacan–we were going to sail down to Zihuatenejo from Manzanillo, but opted not to because of the strife; however we also know many cruisers who are traversing the area and have had no problems. Overall, no problemo!