Punta Cabeza Negra 2015

Currently anchored in Santiago which is by Manzanillo ,  Mexico April 14 2015

Remember our Garmin GHC 10 class A under-deck autopilot broke again so we are stopping at these anchorages each night to get some rest from hand-steering on the way north from ZihuatanejoIt is also Easter week(s) so it's "party-on" for the locals.


These three anchorages are available for stopping if you do not want to spend two days and nights at sea. That is a passage from Zihuatanejo to Manzanillo . And if you can keep 4-5 knots. We did the two overnights on the way South but in Acapulco  our autopilot broke.

Caleta De Campos
Bahia De Maruata  
Punta Cabeza NegraMexico -  end of March 2015

We did stop at all three and here is what we found on the way North in a heavy S - SW swell.

The next anchorage going North is Manzanillo .
Any more info please see a guide book and Charlies Charts.

This is the approach from the South, with the anchorage around and inside these rocks. 

According to the guidebook, there are two possible anchorages here, depending on the swell conditions.  As we passed by the South anchorage, we decided it was catching the swell too much so we went around to the North anchorage.  A stern anchor could be used at either location to handle the swell better - a little much for us just staying overnight.

We had a nice day for part of our passage to Punta Cabeza Negra.  We did get some bad seas at the beginning and end but not real bad. We saw lots of sea turtles with birds on their shells, dolphins etc. We got to Punta Cabeza Negra just before dark and got our anchor set. We deployed our flopper stopper and retired for some needed rest. We were still getting swells from the storm and they had some force behind them. Big swells! This anchorage we thought would be protected from the SW swell but we think there was too much West in it. Our flopper stopper got fouled on one if it’s lines and stopped working, of course, early morning like at 3 am. We were getting slammed sidewise with the swells, not breaking but rolling us way over side to side. Our port lazy jack that holds the Stack Pack up broke off the spreader at that point from the weight of the sail at about 3 am.




Debbie got the port side of the stack pack rolled up under the sail and we used the ties for reefing that go through the sail. We were, in-fact, going to take them off the sail as with the Stack Pack they are not necessary. Now we are glad we did not remove them.

The beach here is a private beach with no reason really to go ashore, not that we could have with the swell. It is a pretty place and it was quiet. Somehow we did not get any pictures of the beach, houses etc??



It's always interesting, coming into a new anchorage - not really sure 
where it is, especially when seeing the rocks off the point.  We always try 
to give them a wide berth as you never know what kind of reef there is off the point.


The seas seemed to have the "point effect" - winds churning up 
of the seas as we rounded to get inside.

As we got inside the point, the seas seemed to calm down - yay!

Our next anchorage going North is Manzanillo/Santiago.

Bahia De Maruata 2015

Currently anchored in Santiago which is by Manzanillo ,  Mexico April 14 2015

Remember our Garmin GHC 10 class A under-deck autopilot broke again so we are stopping at these anchorages each night to get some rest from hand-steering on the way north from Zihuatanejo. It is also Easter week(s) - Semana Santosso  - it's party on for the locals.

These three anchorages are available for stopping if you do not want to spend two days and nights at sea. That is a passage from Zihuatanejo to Manzanillo . And if you can keep 4-5 knots. We did the two overnights on the way South but in Acapulco  our autopilot broke.

Caleta De Campos
Bahia De Maruata  Mexico -  end of March 2015
Punta Cabeza Negra  

We did stop at all three and here is what we found on the way North in a heavy S - SW swell.
Any more info please see a guide book and Charlies Charts.

The next anchorage going North is Punta Cabeza Negra.

Where s\v Elegant'sea anchored.

Debbie doing some hand steering.

And there is always a wale show :)

Lots of choppy seas getting into this anchorage!


Not a comfortable sea state the last couple hours.

Anchored at last.

Pretty spot with the ocean coming in-between the small islands.

Big sewll but not choppy and the land blocked most of the wind.

This house is on the land just before the islands, by the dinghy landing.

Where the dinghy landing is but the surf is too big!
The dinghy landing is to the left between the small rock and the land.

Where the dinghy landing is but the surf is too big!

This is all camp ground along the beach. There are a lot of covered areas, popalas that people can put there tents and hammocks under etc. We are not sure what electricity (generator) but there were lights.

There was also music playing through some kind of pa system till about 4 am. Some kind of rap, techno, and oldies in English and Spanish??? No peace!


On our way out of  Bahia De Maruata.
Back in there is where s\v Elegant'sea was anchored.

Back in there is where s\v Elegant'sea was anchored.

Moving out and North.


Once we got past the major point (this was not it) the seas got kinder for a lot of or passage to Punta Cabeza Negra, till we go close to the point we need to round to anchor then they got a bit nasty again.








Caleta De Campos 2015

Currently anchored in Santiago which is by Manzanillo ,  Mexico April 14 2015

Remember our Garmin GHC 10 class A under-deck autopilot broke again so we are stopping at these anchorages each night to get some rest from hand-steering on the way north from Zihuatanejo



These three anchorages are available for stopping if you do not want to spend two days and nights at sea. That is a passage from Zihuatanejo to Manzanillo . And if you can keep 4-5 knots. We did the two overnights on the way South but in Acapulco  our autopilot broke.

Caleta De Campos
Bahia De Maruata
Punta Cabeza Negra

We did stop at all three and here is what we found on the way North in a heavy S - SW swell.
The next anchorage going North is Bahia De Maruata.
Any more info please see a guide book and Charlies Charts.

Caleta de Campos, Mexico -  end of March 2015



You can see the bay here. No protection from a S or SW swell or winds.

Where s\v Elegant'sea anchored. We spent one night here. 
No going ashore as the breakers were way too big.


Coming into Caleta de Campos.

Coming into Caleta de Campos. Break water to the port.

Perhaps this is what was meant by "relatively remote and isolated 
section of Pacific Mexico", according to the Pacific Mexico 
Cruisers Guide?!?  It appears that way, except for holidays in beach towns!!

The south end of coming into Caleta de Campos.

Break water.



Hotel just inside of break water.

It is Easter holiday  (two weeks of it here) - Semana Santos - 
so every place that has a beach and water is party-vill !!

The guide book "Pacific Mexico" said this was a sleepy 
fishing village. Not so, at least not now.

The waves, which do not show up in the pictures,
 are way too big for a dingy landing.


Campground towards the south side of Caleta de Campos.

Camping looks good. You can see the breakers, bigger than you can see.


Where the banana boat begins. There was a waiting line!

The banana boat riders get in the panga on shore 
and are brought out through the surf, which is a fun part of the ride. 
Lots of screaming as the panga goes through the surf/waves.


Now they get onto the banana.



The dinghy landing as breakers go across it.


We did have overnight company as this s\v was headed South.

Notice the helmsman just under the mizzen boom!

Time to go.

Heading out.

Just out of Caleta De Campos and North for Bahia De Maruata, the next anchorage.