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We were a few miles out from Costa Baja Resort and Marina in Bahia La Paz when I called to get our slip assignment. Bummer, the lady on the other end of the radio said we had to stop at the fuel dock and come to the office first. We have found the marina’s in Mexico usually send boats right to a slip. Cuts down on the potential for something to go awry! The entrance to the marina is rather confusing so we were both concentrating on that and spotting the 500 foot fuel dock. We rounded the corner and there it was, the 256 foot yacht Venus built for the late Steve Jobs. There was no mistaking it. And where does one put a 256 foot yacht in a small marina? Yup, on the fuel dock. So with a bit of good maneuvering on Gary’s part and the help of two dock hands there we were parked right in front of this magnificent vessel. Sereno II has never felt so small! As we walked down its length on our way to the marina office, the security guard saw our camera and informed us that no pictures were allowed. We politely nodded knowing we had already snapped about 20 pictures before we left the boat LOL. Pictures do not do this boat justice. It really is beautiful in person though the stern is a bit on the square side, which from what we can tell is a ‘garage’ for all the toys.

Steve Jobs boat at Costa Baja Resort and Marina.  Magnificent!

The yacht, Venus, owned by Steve Jobs at Costa Baja Resort and Marina. Magnificent!

The garage door is open and inside was a tender.

The garage door is open and inside was a tender.

If the boat to the left looks small, you can imagine how small Sereno II looked.

If the boat to the left looks small, you can imagine how small Sereno II looked.

And a beautiful picture at dusk

And a beautiful picture at dusk

Street signs and street numbers really go a long way to help get around any city. That and the internet with reliable maps and directions. We were craving pizza this week and according to Trip Advisor the number one restaurant in La Paz is a pizza place. I know, should be a Mexican restaurant right?! According to the map on Trip Advisor it was in the farthest corner of the city so we hopped in a cab with those directions. Around and around we went but the restaurant was not to be found. The cabby called the phone number on Trip Advisor and with limited English and limited Spanish we set off in a new direction. As we were leaving the city we realized something was amiss. We somehow agreed to go an hour away. No pizza is worth that cab fare! Ok maybe Carmen’s in Netcong or Celestino’s in Rocklin 🙂 Ugh, the information on the internet for Mexico is way behind where it is in the States so finding places has been interesting. It is no wonder the mail system is really bad here. We did find another pizzeria and enjoyed some good pizza. And better yet, we received a free caesar salad and free bowl of pasta. Leftovers!

Wood fired stove at the La Paz pizzeria

Wood fired stove at the La Paz pizzeria

Not great but good pizza

Not great but good pizza

Unknown to Gary, I decided to do a Man Overboard Drill yesterday on our crossing to our new marina. I threw one of our floatation devices overboard in a narrow channel so he had the challenge of turning around not once but twice so I could retrieve it. I’m happy to report he passed with flying colors. That is my story anyway. The way Gary tells it, I was swatting at a bee that was bugging us with said floatation device and it went flying out of my hand and into the water. Now why would I do something that stupid?

The inner harbor at Costa Baja Marina.  We were in the outer harbor with the big gals because of our draft.

The inner harbor at Costa Baja Marina. We were in the outer harbor with the big gals because of our draft.

The pool at Costa Baja Marina

The pool at Costa Baja Marina

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