About halfway down the coast from Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta we stopped for two nights to stay in a lovely bay just off the small village of Chacala. Normally this bay and its beaches are virtually empty, but many Mexican families were around on the beach during the day for the holiday school break.

Cobblestone streets of "downtown" Chacala. Lots of fun going on at the beach.

Some cruiser friends who are spending many months anchored in the bay (they have adopted the area and are participating in charitable activities), said that many of the families come from the Guadalajara area to enjoy the ocean. There were about eight boats anchored out when we arrived but only three when we departed.

The accordion player looked a bit like Prez Obama! Beach-goers admire Voyager (left) and Camelot (right) at anchor.