|We bicycled into the charming town of Puerto Morales for some lunch on the beach.|
Tern and ourselves motored out of the reef entrance at 8 am the next morning 2/16 and did an overnight offshore up to Mexico. It was a clear starry night with a half moon. The seas were lumpy but we had good wind and mostly motor sailed. Scott and I alternate during the night keeping watch, usually 3 to 4 hour shifts. Tern fell behind us quickly as their cruising speed is slower - they planned a two night trip to Isla Mujeres.
Our plan was to make it all the way to Isla Mujeres in one night but as we approached Cozmel it was clear we wouldn't make it there before dark. In the past we've anchored off Cozmel but decided to press on for another hour or so and go to the El Cid Marina on the mainland. We came in there at 3 pm and checked into Mexico the next morning, using an agent provided by the Marina Although they charged $200, it seemed worthwhile to us. It was a long but easy procedure here in the Marina on our boat. First the agents came and explained everything to us and got our papers ready. Next two people from Immigration arrived. They took the longest with several needed forms to fill out. Meanwhile 6 men in fatigues and machine guns (one man was dressed for snorkeling and we're not sure whether he swam around the boat or not - we were busy and didn't notice) and a German Shepard came from Customs. Only 2 men and the dog came on board and went below to investigate. They only took about 5 minutes. The dog was amazing going up and down the steep ladder entrance! They were looking for drugs - only aspirin aboard our boat!
|A close up|
|But before that we had to make our way up from Belize.|
Here's a shot of Cordelia, our hoped for buddy boat, at
anchorage in Bannister Bogue.
|Sunrise after an overnight passage - a wonderful sight!|
|And so is Marina El Cid at sunset as we look forward to a|
peaceful night's sleep
|Scott Free tied up at El Cid.|
|Uli, Heather, Thomas and Scott out for a celebratory dinner!|
|We enjoyed meeting a couple from Phoenix at the|
restaurant for lunch.
|Fishing boats tied up off the beach in Puerto Morales (behind|
the protective reef).
|The central plaza is quiet during the morning but bustling|
in the evening.
|The charming little church shares a small plaza with a coffee|
|We went with Uli & Thomas and Claudio & Claudia from|
Flying Fish, also from Germany.