Acapulco and Huatulco

By Chris Foster 7/2019

Embajador Rests At Anchor In Bahia Marquez In The Acapulco Area

A Start In Acapulco. The trip began in Acapulco, approximately 150 NM up the coast from Huatulco where Alex was waiting with Embajador anchored just offshore in the beautiful bay of Marquez. We spent 2 nights there before heading into the Acapulco Yacht Club for a quick overnight and expensive trip to the fuel dock. Our crew included our friends Tony and Couran.

I must say, we were all very surprised by what we saw from the boat. We had all heard that Acapulco was a faded city, however from offshore it was really pretty and the yacht club was as nice as any that I have seen anywhere. Unfortunately, the city did not look quite as spectacular from land.

Acapulco, once Mexico’s tourist capital has now become It’s murder capital. Although we felt relatively safe as we rode our bikes around town, it was easy to see that the city is not what it once was. Apparently a power vacuum has developed after a couple of major cartels were cleared out and replaced by numerous street gangs resorting to petty extortion, theft, etc. We saw almost no Americans there at all.

Transit To Huatulco

We departed on a beautiful afternoon with smooth to moderate seas. Interestingly, we were not really heading south. The coastline curves around in this area and by the time we pulled into Huatulco we were heading northeast!

A Big Blue! About two hours out we had a jig strike off of the short starboard corner. The rod doubled over, so we knew it was something pretty big. Couran had the rod in hand as we watched the fish take the jig down deep, convincing us all that we had another large tuna on the line, however a few minutes later it resurfaced and jumped high in the air repeatedly and we realized that we had hooked a big blue marlin!

Couran fought valiantly brining the monster to the boat in about 25 minutes. We took lots of photos and resuscitated the fish for a good 5 minutes before releasing it back into the waves behind the boat. Alex estimated the weight at about 250 pounds!

Couran welcomes a guest on board for a short visit

A couple of other encounters kept us active later that afternoon. First, we ran across a long line which quickly became entangled in the port propeller. Alex soon got us going again after a dive under the boat with a knife in hand.

Shortly after the longline incident, another of our reels went off and we soon realized that we had inadvertently hooked a sea turtle. We brought him aboard and removed the hook, releasing him unharmed.

The seas came up later that evening and were coming from every-which direction. Not the most comfortable night aboard for sure.


Bahías De Huatulco

We reached The Bays of Huatulco in the early afternoon the next day and were happy to pull into the first protected cove that we came to called Bahia San Agustin. There was some very good snorkeling there off the seaward island and a beautiful sand beach set the scene in-shore.

The next morning we moved down to an anchorage right off the town of Huatulco adjacent to a cruise ship pier (we understand that cruise ships transit the area during the winter).

Santa Cruz Bay
(Photo From A Road Less Traveled)

The Town

Santa Cruz and the whole area is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful that we have visited yet. Palapa bars line the town beach with a perfectly manicured square behind.

The next morning we went in for some supplies and caught a taxi into the main part of town referred to locally as La Crucecita. This was equally well kept with palm lined boulevards running throughout and plenty of stores, including a luxurious grocery rivaling anything that you might see here in the U.S. We were particularly impressed with (and made good use of) the well stocked wine selection.

We spent a couple of other nights at Bahia del Maguey which was just beautiful with a very secluded beach backed by thick jungle and great snorkeling over a coral reef.

Further down the coast past town are several other coves with beautiful homes and resorts perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea.


From The Sailing Blog, The Red Thread

We left Alex with Embajador anchored offshore in Bahia Santa Cruz readying the boat and waiting for a weather window for a transit to Chiapas, just north of the Guatemalan border across Golfo de Tehuantepec, infamous for its torrential storms and seas. I will meet him down there around the end of July when we will cruise about 500 miles past Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua to Costa Rica. We hope that you will join us as the Embajador Adventure Continues.

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  1. Pictures look awesome! Amazed that it takes five minutes to resuscitate a marlin – monster fish. Happy you were not held ransom in Acapulco.

  2. Sounds awesome guys. If I ever cruise Mexico I will definitely want your opinions first!

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