Zihuatanejo (Z-Town) Mexico

When we were there:  Mid to late April 2016

Where we anchored:  15-20 feet in sand. around 17 37′ 30″N 101 32′ 51″W . We used a stern hook and stayed clear of the path of the para sailor boats.

About: There are 2 anchorages in the large bay. If you have a lot to do in town or don’t have a big dingy that can make longer passages, then the anchorage in front of downtown right outside of the mooring balls is where you want to be.   We chose to anchor away from town in front of  Playa de  Ropa.

What was the water like: Clear and warm

Dinghy Landing: To the beach was easy, just watch for the swell if it is bigger.

Would we come back: YES

Would we recommend people going: YES

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Isla Grande, Mexico

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When we were there: April 2016

Where we anchored:  17 40′ 48″N 101 39′ 24″W

About: Isla Grande is beautiful and just around the corner of the very busy Z-town.  It had good protection and good holding. During the day the beaches are filled, but it is very quite at night.

What was the water like: Clear, blue and warm. Full of fish and things to see!

Dinghy Landing: Very easy on the beach

Would we come back: yes

Would we recommend people going: yes

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White sand beaches with many places to grab lunch or a drink

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the calm and clear waters are perfect for SUPing

Caleta de Campos, Mexico

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When we were there:  April 2016

Where we anchored:  20-25 feet over sand around 18 04’20″N 102 44′ 59″W. We used a stern hook to keep our bow into the swell.

About: This anchorage is open to pretty much everything, but is a great stopping point while breaking up the sail between Las Hadas and  Z-town. While we were there the swell was up and we could not explore much. There apparently is a blow hole on the little island just outside of the cove, but it was to rough for Jon and I to make it out there in Falkor.

What was the water like: Beautiful, but murky.

Dinghy Landing: Could be done, you must time the swell. We watched the pongas wait for 10 minutes timing the swell to beach.

Would we come back: yes

Would we recommend people going: yes

Las Hadas, Mexico

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When we were there: Early April 2016

Where we anchored: 19 06′ 04″N 104 20′ 41″W  Also needed a stern anchor

About: The resort charges you if you want to use their dinghy dock, but you also get to use the pool. You can also land your dinghy on the beach and walk up the road to catch a bus into Manzinillo. The fuel dock is easy to get to inside the marina.

Would we come back: Yes

Would we recommend people going: Yes

Santiago Bay, Mexico

When we were there: Early April 2016

Where we anchored: 19 06′ 23″N 104 23′ 35″W

About: The wreck in the middle of the anchorage is known to be good for diving and snorkeling, we had poor water visibility, in fact the water was brown. We did not go to shore and only spent one night. Had good holding and was fairly calm.

Would we come back: Yes

Would we recommend people going: Yes if you are interested in wreck diving or snorkeling.