An uncomplicated entrance to the marina put us in a pretty good mood. Security was there to help us dock in the light air, an offer that is never refused regardless of conditions, and all was relaxed. The sweet ladies in the main office checked us in and during our stay took great care of us.
Another catamaran, Sky Pond was already docked on the side tie. There was just enough room for us to squeeze in. In such close proximity, it’s natural to wonder who your neighbor is. Our first impressions were positive. Sky Pond is a Seawind 1160 Deluxe, and if I may be so bold… it’s beautiful. Carl and Roxy were amazing neighbors, even keeping a vigilant eye on Reverie for us as we entertained family in nearby Puerto Vallarta. We were invited aboard Sky Pond, and we took in her many enviable features. One of my favorites is the trifolding door system that effectively opens the main saloon to the outdoor cockpit area. I couldn’t help imagining the impact that would have on the spontaneous dance parties my girls and I enjoy. If you are in the market for a catamaran and like to dance or entertain, this is one to keep in mind.
We hopped off the boat and onto the dock just as quickly as possible. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of hitting land after being on the water for an extended period of time. It’s thrilling in a way that defies explanation and this particular land side exploration was unique.
What if… I were to tell you there is a place. A place where you have access to an awesome boatyard, boat resources, groceries, perfect weather, night life, and an epic KIDS CLUB?????????? No, I’m not talking about heaven. This is La Cruz, baby, as close to cruising heaven as it gets.
Seriously, this place worked for me. After a few days, though, we discovered that our dock was hot. My husband reported his findings to the office, and they called out their electrician, who confirmed the electrical issue. We were promptly relocated to dock 4. Luckily there was space for us, given all the work we needed to have done, the anchorage just wasn’t a viable option.
While moving wasn’t our preferred solution, there were significant upsides. We were closer to town and got to share the dock with Baja Fog, who we had met in the boatyard in Napa, California prior to departing for our trip. Our reunion with John and Monique was welcome and joyous. As they were not strangers to La Cruz, they showed us around and gave us the lay of the land. John was particularly keen to pass along little tips like how to cross the highway. It’s a little intimidating and not something you want to dive into uninitiated.
Also on the dock was Profligate, the flag ship for the Baja Ha-Ha. Richard and Dona are a delightful couple to hang with, and we enjoyed our time with them immensely as they sashayed in and out of La Cruz.
When evening descended, the town came alive with music. Traditional mariachi mixed with classic rock, and the streets were host to an epic nightly party. We met up with John and Monique at the local sushi bar. Coincidentally, the owner was celebrating the restaurant’s anniversary. Which one, I couldn’t say, as I couldn’t hear over the live music, but we were happy to be a part of the festivities.
Children took over the square with their energetic play, likely fueled by the next door ice cream shop. The excitement was just a little too much for us, so we retired for the night, keen to further explore our temporary home base.