Photos - Tenacatita, Jalisco, Mexico
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We were going to "fast track it" south. The plan was to stay 2, maybe 3 days in
Tenacatita before moving on. We wanted to experience the dinghy jungle trip, check
on any local hikes, perhaps snorkel the "acuario" and leave. 7 days later we're
wondering if there's really any reason to head south. This place was just so nice! The
inner anchorage was fairly comfortable; the beach clean and uncrowded. The surf was
great for body surfing and practicing those dinghy landings. We studied other cruisers'
techniques with horror and delight as they negotiated the surf and succeeded or got
slammed and toppled. We learned to ALWAYS wear a bathing suit and put
EVERYTHING in a waterproof bag. No matter how cautious, the fact is you're going
to get wet both coming and going!  Best of all, the air was 85 degrees and the water
in the high 70's. No wonder they call this the Gold Coast! There's a resident dolphin
who continually swims around . Occasionally he scratches his body on the anchor
chains. Do dolphins ever rest?
We made our 2nd trip up the river by dinghy with Dave and Kellie of s/v Sweet
Lorraine and George, Melinda and Josh of s/v Southern Belle. That's when we
spotted a jaguar perched on a limb hanging over the water. Of course, our motors
scared it off and it ran into the woods before any photos could be taken. But we have
witnesses!!! We took our 3rd trip up the river on the kayak hoping to spot the large
cat or perhaps some crocodiles but had no luck. Maybe that's a good thing.......
Both beaches, the one at the acuario (which we accessed by the river trip and then
walked) and the inner harbor, are excellent places to spend the day. And spend the
days..several of exactly what we did! It felt like we were on vacation. : )
Jungle River Dingy Trip - Tenacatita
This picture was not taken by us. But it is a great picture
of what we did see on our dingy ride up the river in
Tenacatita. A jaguar on a limb.
Dave + Kelly (Sweet Lorraine) in the
George, Melinda and son Josh (Southern Belle)
Sweet Lorraine and Southern Belle going up the river.
The beach at the end of the jungle river ride.
The gang ready for a seafood feast. l-r John (Sailsoon),
Josh, Melinda, George (
Southern Belle),       
Dave+Kelly (
Sweet Lorraine)
Locals filleting Dorado. The big guy is a sailfish.
La Manzanillo, the other side of the bay.
Although we didn't get a chance to try it, the 'aquarium' is
reported to have good snorkeling.
The beach at the end of the jungle river ride.