Marina Palmira offers cruisers rides in a shuttle van which leaves at 9 am, 1:30 and 5 pm and goes into La Paz (3 miles or so) along a regular route and drops you off along the way. Most often cruisers are headed in to the Club Cruceros at Marina de La Paz for coffee hour at 9:30 am; other times it is for provisions, boat parts, or meeting up with friends.
|Club Cruceros clubhouse (courtesy of website - a better photo than ours)|
We've walked back to our marina and Kelly has walked into town more frequently, but it is less pleasant when carrying groceries and perhaps a 6 pack of cervezas. The Malecon is the best place to walk along as it is in the best repair - sidewalks here require constant attention due to much unevenness, missing bricks or concrete, holes and rebar sticking out here and there. Infrastructure deficit for certain, my local government amigos! We take our maps along - although very few streets have signs and our English-Spanish phrasebooks whenever we head out.
The local people are friendly, helpful and have much less English at their disposal than in Ensenada or Los Cabos, so we try hard to be understood in our basic Espanol. Fellow cruisers are helpful as well and have a daily radio net at 8 am on VHF channel 22A for a half hour or so - emergencies (rarely), tide and weather info, general announcements, swaps and trades (for coconuts - can't sell things if you aren't licensed), as well as "where can I find...?" and throughout the day it is used as a hailing channel from boat to boat.
We've met new people, caught up with others we met at anchorages or docks along the way and have had a chance to check out auto parts stores, chandlers, open air markets, the post office and some historical buildings under reconstruction. Last night we enjoyed the weekly jam session at one restaurant where locals and cruisers entertained the rest of us - some excellent performers and good fun.
One wave of cruisers was just leaving for the mainland when we arrived last week and then we had the strong northern winds blow in, so the next batch is leaving today -- the seas should be down to 2 feet or so and the wind down to 10 knots - so a reasonable downwind crossing to Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta. Others keep their boats on the Baja side and just keep returning.
We'll wait a bit longer to consider a few days over to Isla Spiritu Santos where good snorkeling and diving are to be found. Carol still needs a buoyancy compensator, but they are in short supply - we should have brought her leaky one along. FYI for family and friends - thanks for the birthday wishes and messages. It is so different to be celebrating a December birthday by having dinner outside in a lovely courtyard. We came a bit too late to purchase Christmas lights, but still hope to do a bit of decorating on INTREPID II. There are a few gatherings planned that we know of for cruisers staying here - a potluck with appetizers and dessert gathering at the Cruceros clubhouse on December 24th; perhaps a gathering at this marina.