|Hungry cruisers waiting for Papa Joe's to open|
Beth and Norm ham it up for the camera.
A few years ago La Manzanilla was a sleepy fishing village, but more recently it has been "discovered" by tourists looking for something off the beaten path. The homes lining the mainstreet and facing la playa are creative works of art. The local community is an interesting mix of Mexicans and Gringos - of which subgroups of retirees, snowbirds, year-round resident entrepreneurs, and young (and not so young) tattooed hippies all commingle peacefully. New shops run by gringos offer everything from objects d'art to delicious French cheeses to caviar! That tells you something about the winter clientele inhabitating this laid back village. Curiously, there were no banks or ATM's to be found and no local merchants accepted credit cards. This is a cash economy with what I assume is many Gringos living "under the radar". Despite the Gringo influence, there are still several panga fisherman earning a living in La Manzanilla.
|It's hard to chose only one|
Early in the morning we had made arrangements with Luis our panga chauffeur to meet us at 2pm on the beach for the return trip to the anchorage. By the time we gathered ourselves together the wind and seas had picked up a bit. No matter, we trusted Luis's expertise to deliver us home safely, albeit wet. But first, the panga had to get back into the water! So, "Heave Ho"!
|One Wild Wet FUN Ride Home! Yahoo!|
Betsy, Our intrepid photographer