Anchoring in Acapulco

Anchored in Zihuatanejo Middle of February 2015 - This is about our time in Acapulco

Anchored in Acapulco around 1\12\2015 for about 18 days.

Taken from the restaurant "100% Natural", s\v Elegant'sea at anchor in Acapulco .

We pretty much followed the advice of the cruisers on s/v Pacifico on their blog and anchored off the "Capitan del Puerto's Office" but after studying their photo and standing at the "Capitan del Puerto's Office" door I believe we were closer to the beach and in towards the fort more.

Capitan del Puerto's from our boat.

Looking at the bay in Acapulco from our boat.

s\v Elegant'sea to the right and to the left is s\v Elizabeth Jean - they 
anchored by us for one night and you can see the panga leaving their boat. 

They were just told to move as they were in the fisherman's fishing area. This turned out to be true as they were putting out nets and pulling them back into the beach. Then Eulalie and Eric anchored too close to us and we banged hulls during the night. They ended up moving to the Acapulco YC (and paid I think $3.00 USD a foot for a med moored slip). There are some marnias that will charge $1:00 USD per foot but offer nothing in the way of services. No water or electricity etc. But you do not need to use your dinghy.

After two weeks of anchoring a panga fisherman pulled up our anchor with his net. It re-set and he told us he may have caught our anchor. The next day we were a lot closer to shore so we re-anchored. This time we were out from shore a bit more. Either of these spots seemed to work out.

The "locals"and fisherman's beach where we did our dinghy landings.

Our dingy at the bottom of the ramp. 

We were told to pull it way up so it would not be in their way (fishermen). We gave a local fisherman 10 pesos (less than a US dolllar) to help bring it up and watch it (each way). It also kept the locals happy we think. Right across the street was a super market that also had WiFi.

You can see our boat s\v Elegant'sea out there. 
This picture was taken by the supermarket! 

By the old fort up on the hill.

By the old fort up on the hill.

The new university.

s\v Elegant'sea at anchor in Acapulco .

s\v Elegant'sea at anchor in Acapulco .

s\v Elegant'sea at anchor in Acapulco .

 A day or so later there was a regatta with some big yachtie race boats 
with their Kevlar sails tacking by us. 

The yachtie racers.

Later that day the port captain came by and told us we had to move out of the area! Hmm... seems suspicious after it was OK for two weeks right in front of his office but we moved and got a mooring ball. There were fewer mosquitoes there at the mooring ball and it was not as noisy. Not as good a view and we had a longer dingy ride to get to the beach dingy landing. It was close to the time for us to head north so we did not explore the Pemex dock for dinghy landings. It did seem a bit pricey at $50 pesos a time (about $4.50 USD) .

s/v Pacifico close to the same anchoring spot.

Taken from s/v Pacifico blog.
“The next day we moved over to an unmarked anchorage just off the end of the cruise ship pier, right in front of the "Capitan del Puerto's Office" and under the ramparts of the Fuerte de San Diego, the old Spanish fort that would have guarded this innermost anchorage of the old town and Centro. This was a great spot, sheltered from the prevailing westerlies, fairly shallow over sand bottom with good holding. There were a number of mooring cans around us, but almost all were un-occupied as you can see in the accompanying photo, taken from the Port Captains Office after check in. We had been told about this place by Henry and Pam on s/v Rapscallion, great advise. Also, that you can leave your dinghy with Alfonso at the Pemex service dock at the other end of the ship's wharf. For $50 pesos he'll also keep track of it for you.”

This was a great place to get into Centro, to check in and to re-provision. We walked the Malicon just to get a flavor of the place and it is vibrant. It seemed that of all the hotel buildings lining the beaches most units appeared vacant, yet the beaches were crowded on Sunday and the streets busy on Monday. We've read that Acapulco's economy is suffering because of their reputation regarding drug cartels activities, but we didn't have any problems and found it to be a great stop. And no, there were no pirates out there either.

From Centro we caught a cab up to the old Hotel Mirador for the Clavadistas or Cliff Divers show at 1PM. To be continued.”

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