Before our arrival at La Cruz, we spent two days anchored off the little town of Chacala. This is a very cute town and we would have stayed longer except the anchorage was pretty lumpy and a lee shore, meaning that the boat would drift onto the beach if the anchor lost its grip… One of the differences being in “Pacific” Mexico, is that the pacific swell comes into many of the anchorages. Many boats use a bow and stern anchor here to keep the boat more comfortable.
We had a great day walking around the town and enjoyed a meal in one of the Palapa’s on the beach.
Lisa bough a cute necklace in this shop where the woman is busily creating these beadwork masterpieces. I couldn’t believe how fine the work was. I kept wondering if she was highly nearsighted.
If we were planning a land trip to Chacala, we would stay here at Casa Pacifica. We haven’t seen any of the rooms, but suspect they are somewhat funky. The owner is an American woman who has lived there for 19 years. She is clearly a bird aficionado and told us that the best time to see birds was before 9 am, and that almost 300 species visit her piece of paradise at various times of the year.
The hotel operates as a B&B and Breakfast is served on the roof top in the Mauna Kea Café with a view of the ocean. Hector the cook has been in the US and worked for Whole foods for nine years. As an exemplary worker, he was promoted many times within the organization and finally Whole Foods sent him to the Culinary Academy in SF. A few years later he was deported……
If I wanted a week or two of peace and quiet in a funky off the beaten path place in Mexico with a beautiful beach, I would really consider Chacala as an interesting and safe place to visit…..