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Exploring Bahia de Banderas

fishermen basin Punta de Mita, Mexico2014 We decided we should hop on the buses at La Cruz and explore the bay area. Buses are frequent and inexpensive. A bus into Puerto Vallarta about 20 km away costs 16 pesos (less than $2). But we decided to head to the other end of the bay to Punta de Mita. We have anchored there several times but have never gone ashore. We decided since we had lots of time we would visit by land and look for easy landing sites. So on Friday we hopped on the bus, it cost about $1.50 and we had a nice 30 minute ride along the coast to Punta de Mita. We wandered along the beach looking for the fishermens’ basin; when we were anchored we saw many pangas going into the basin and we hoped there was a place for us to bring our dinghy. Of course there was no place for us but we enjoyed watching the birds cruising around looking for some left overs.
The beach at Punta de Mita, MexicoAnclote Restaurant in Punta de Mita, MexicoWe found a very nice palapa restaurant for lunch and they put on the Olympic men’s hockey semi-final game between Canada and the USA while we had a great lunch. Although they only had a Fox telecast, which was in Spanish, and we had to watch speed skating finals in between the hockey, we were happy to watch Canada win.
The beach at Sayulita, Mexico2014 The next day we were joined by Lynn and Don from Pacific SeaShell (another Calgary based boat) for our trip to Sayulita. Sayulita is outside Banderas Bay but not that far. We paid 80 cents for a bus to Bucerias and then $1 to Sayulita. The bus took us through some mountains to a lovely town that seems to cater to surfers and the younger crowd.
The beach was lovely and the town had lots of restaurants serving vegan to very meaty dishes. We went looking for lunch a bit earlier; we discovered later that a time zone change had happened. Black-necked stilts at Sayulita, Mexico We were looking for lunch at 11 am!! We found a lovely place on the beach that served hummus and pita and other Mediterranean dishes; we asked about buying tahini there but were told they brought it in from Guadalajara! We enjoyed the side street along the river and saw a flock of black-necked stilts, one of our favorite water birds, enjoying the banks.One of the many restaurants in Sayulita, Mexico