Archive for December, 2007

About Big Waves and Hidden Beaches – December 6, 2007

Thursday, December 6th, 2007


You may have been watching the news on television and notice that they have been having some huge waves along the California coast.  Well, guess what? They’re here now.  

This morning Tinka went to the beach and came across some surfers that were beside themselves about the waves.  She talked to one of them and found out that they had just hopped a plane last night in California and headed here in anticipation of the large swells.  The local surfers didn’t seem all that anxious about getting out in the huge waves.

Those little dots in the picture below are surfers.


Again, dots equal surfers.


 Here’s a guy that, moments before, we were all cheering the terrific ride through the tube of the wave.  Below is the result of the end of the ride.  The other half of the board beat him to shore.


 As these large waves hit the shore, they must eventually send the water back to sea.  When a huge incoming wave collides with a large outgoing one, the sea errupts sending water some 30 to 50 feet in the air.


A tip regarding large waves.  Pay attention or they may arrive by surprise.  Here’s a before and after.  Oh, by the way, make sure you’ve securely tied your top.



 Now back to the original theme of this post.

Mexico is full of beaches, about 9000 miles of them.  Most of the best are very built up with condos and hotels.  However, there are some out of the way beaches that are quite intriguing.  We’ve stopped at these two a couple of times.

The first is Dead Man’s Beach.  so named because of the overlooking cemtery.  Nice as they are, I’m not in a hurry for one of these ocean view acommodations. 



Here’s a tomb’s view of the southern half of Dead Man’s Beach 


And the northern half.


No, these people aren’t dead, just sleeping.  On the weekends, Dead Man’s Beach is popular with the locals.


This guy is preparing to swim back to his boat that he has anchored in the bay.


Now we come to River Beach.  It is named this because a river dumps right into the sea in the middle of the beach.  It has the strangest beach access road I’ve ever seen.  THE RIVER.  We turned off of the road to Punta Mita, just south of Sayulita, onto one of the bumpiest roads we’ve found.  (And believe me we’ve found some.)  At some point, about a half mile from the highway the road merges with the river.  This is looking down the “road”.


The bed of the river was mostly gravel and the condition was much better than the dirt road we just left.  Oh, yes, we must have come at rush hour because there was traffic. (I apologize for the poor picture.)


The road dumps out into the ocean, literally.


Here we’re looking north from the “road”.


And to the south.


Now this is my kind of beach.  The whole ocean pretty much to ourselves.

Go Cowboys plus Punta de Mita

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007


It appears that the NFL network is trying a power play to get their share of Time/Warner and Charter’s money and that of other cable companies.  The NFL owns the network and decided not to share the feed of one of the most important games of the season.  I’m sure that the game had one of the smallest audiences in recent years.

Lucky for us that Don Pedro’s Restauant, on the beach, was showing the game.  The owner is also a Cowboy fan.  There were a large group of yankees rooting for Green Bay.  It was a pleasure to watch them suffer a loss at the hands of the Cowboys.

Punta Mita (also known as Punta de Mita)


Click on picture for full size. The mountainous area in the distance is Puerto Vallarta.

We’ve made two trips to Punta Mita in the last week or so.  Along with Sayulita, Punta Mita is known for its good surfing.  It is interesting that the two beaches get good surf on different days.  They face different directions and it depends on the direction of the currents.

Punta Mita is about a third of the way down the coast toward Puerto Vallarta.


As you can see, there are two ways to get to Punta Mita.  Unfortunately, neither road is what you would consider wonderful.  Both roads are twisty, turny and hilly.  The east-west route towards Bucerias is a nightmare for wide vehicles.

Inside the town there is a restaurant area along the beach.  There are hundreds of condos and hotels, including a Four Seasons Resort.  They are building a golf course complex on the road towards Sayulita.  There are some great looking beach homes along that northern route as you exit the town.  The road getting to them is dirt and quite rough.  The rest of the town might be considered rustic by any standards.

Here is one of the nicer streets in Punta Mita.  The cobblestone construction is very common in all of the area towns.  They are currently “improving” some roads in Sayulita in this fashion.  They jar your teeth loose.  You can imagine the ride on a bicycle.


No mater the roughness of the road, you will find magnificent displays of flowers and shrubs.


The restaurants are really nice.  As with most, they are open air and on the beach.  Our first visit brought us to this restauant at the east end of the strip.



Another restaurant, that we didn’t try.


This is the restaurant that we opted for on our second visit.


Entering from the street, you cross a bridge across a pond full of turtles.


At the restaurant, Rick is relieved to be off of the road.


And Tinka keeping an eye out for vendors that come to the table selling their wares.


Surfing doesn’t take place at this beach.  Here are some swimmers enjoying the warm water.


At the other end of the spectrum, there were several large yachts parked just off shore.