Photos - San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
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Our first port on mainland Mexico, San Blas ended up being a
great place to visit. It's a fairly small shrimp port (pop. 8,500)
with a rich Spanish history. The entrance is shoal with about 8
ft at low tide. (Line up the offshore buoy with the range
markers inside the harbor and then follow the red/green buoys
once inside. Don't go past the Pemex station with more than 3
ft of draft.) Once inside the estuary we enjoyed a very
comfortable anchorage. Groceries, fuel and spectacular
wildlife viewing abound. We arranged a panga(small boat) trip
up the San Cristobal estuary to La Torvara Springs with Hank
and Betsy of
s/v Equinox. It turned out to be the highlight of
our stay. Highly recommended (see photos below). We also
explored the San Blas estuary by dingy. After a week we
decided to move south to warmer latitudes.
The Jungle River Trip - Up the San Cristobol Estuary, San Blas
Cerro de San Basilio
At the top of this hill above San Blas
are the ruins of the Iglesia de Nuestra
Senora del Rosario and its bell tower
immortalized in Longfellow's final
poem,
The Bells of San Blas. (right)


Spanish guns in place to stop the
marauding French and British pirates
of the 17th and 18th centuries.
(below)
Huichol Indian Art
The intricate and colorful items below are made by
attaching tiny beads to beeswax covered clay or
wood and/or by winding yarn on to wooden sticks.
View of San Blas from the fort (Cerro de San Basilio)
hilltop.
The San Cristobol estuary.
Our friendly, informative guide and panga
driver, Jose.
Osprey in-flight.
Nice smile, huh?
Freshwater turtles.
Cotamundi
Swamp raccoons.
Picture perfect iguana
Crocks love eco-tourism.
Egret
Where's the beef?................We found it!
Virgin Guadalupe festival at the central
plaza in San Blas.
Every mexican town of any size we have been to has
a central plaza for community use.
S/v Adios at the fuel dock in the San Blas estuary.
Bridget hunting for and finding some fresh veggies at the local farmers
market in San Blas. That's a serious bunch of cilantro in her hand (she
hates the stuff).
This street vendor in San Blas made deserts to
die for.
San Blas has lots of shrimp. That
one kilo of shrimp on the scale cost
us 70 pesos
Fresh fish is easily available.
Crocodile Nursery - Wildlife Refuge and La Torvara Springs
Crock hatchlings are released when they are
about 5 years old and a foot long.
Blind, toothless and crocks with an appetite for
human are cared for here. This one is not blind
or toothless.