We have now journeyed around most of Banderas Bay … by bus – from Boca de Tomatlan on the right hand side to Punta Mita at the extreme left. The coastline is about 100 km long as it’s a very big bay.
Our first outing to Boca was to go to the Ocean Grill restaurant for lunch. This required us to take 3 separate busses which took 90 minutes to journey the approx. 40 km to get there. The bus ride was exhilarating looking out at small beaches and upscale villas and resorts. It cost us only about $3.50CDN each. We met our friends in Boca as planned but unfortunately the restaurant decided not to open that day. They claimed the waves were too rough for our short boat ride from the pier to the restaurant. Bruce remarked that it was much calmer that day than the last time they had been there. Such is life. We had a great lunch at another restaurant taking the “Pacifico” beer in. We headed home by bus stopping in PV for a little souvenir shopping.
Our second outing was to Punta Mita at the other end of Banderas Bay. This time we took 2 busses lasting approx. 90 mins to get there. This ride was scary going around some blind hairpin corners almost on two wheels. Punta Mita is a fishing village and luxury resort town known for upscale homes, golf courses and private beaches. The public El Anclote Beach, backed by restaurants, has gentle surf. We had la nice lunch as we watched kids learning to surf. The beach is rather rocky here and not to our liking. Offshore are the Marieta Islands, with wildlife such as humpback whales and blue-footed boobies (birds). We wandered around town, did some shopping and caught the bus for home. This time the bus stalled several times and the young driver drove into a gas station to gas it up with everyone on board. He then proceeded to drag race other busses as we hung on for dear life. This is Mexico folks! Another great day!
And we are under the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe here, even on the bus where this photo was taken.