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After a short hop down to Bahia Navidad, we entered the channel and were met with this lovely sight of the Isla Grand Resort.

Isla Grand Resort, Bahia Navidad

Isla Grand Resort, Bahia Navidad

Our destination was a lagoon situated behind the town of Barra Navidad and beside the resort. Our chart plotter showed a very narrow entry to the lagoon and we knew we were in for an adventurous entry after talking with other cruisers.  So we put a call out to the other boaters already in the lagoon. Three dinghies raced out and helped us locate the narrow path. Once in the lagoon we were greeted by a crazy old woman who yelled F bombs at us so we would not anchor anywhere near her. We actually know who she is. She participates in cruiser forums on the internet using pirate talk. Need I say more?

One afternoon we had one heck of a storm blow through for about 20 minutes. The rain came down so hard, we could not see the bow of the boat from the cockpit 40 feet away. With 31 knot winds Sereno II was twisting around on the anchor. Our decision to go oversized on our anchor (73 pounds) and connect it to 250 feet of all chain sure paid off. Did she drag? Heck no. One boat did drag and another had their dinghy go flying off the boat. It was one wild ride and we were very happy to be anchored and not on a passage.

But despite the crazy lady, the storm, and the gunky mud all over the anchor and chain we enjoyed the beauty of the lagoon and each morning a panga called the French Bakery pulled up along side the boat with fresh croissants, breads and pastries. His name is Emeric, he is from France and has a small cafe in a hotel in town. He has been delivering to boats since 2002. We could get really spoiled here!

The French Baker delivering bread and pastries to our boat

The French Baker delivering bread and pastries to our boat

We also had Water Taxi service. For 60 pesos round trip for two (currently $4.00 USD) we have a dry fast ride into town. After our last dinghy experience, a water taxi is heaven.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

Enjoying a dry ride in the water taxi

Enjoying a dry ride in the water taxi

With waypoints programmed into our chart plotter showing the way out.

Just follow the red X's

Just follow the red X’s