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"Earth's crammed with heaven." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

166--Mexico: Paradise in Puerto Vallarta
@ CherieSpotting     Dec 25 2003 - 14:21 PST
cherie writes: Sometimes it's nice when life is easy and convenient. At Paradise Marina, near Puerto Vallarta, life is comfy and sweet. There is a soothing candle-lit spa for those needing to escape, crashing waves for boogie-boarders and surfers, a trinket-stuffed mall for shopoholics, and water-slides for the kids. What more could you want from a 5-star hotel on the beach? There is even internet for computer junkies!!

I spent two weeks at Paradise Marina aboard Cassiopeia, a Swan 65. Rennie and Anne (Captain and First Mate) thought they'd go to their graves without joining a yacht club. The next thing I knew they were signing the membership papers for the Vallarta Yacht Club. "I don't think I want to be a member of any club that would have me," joked Rennie.

And what's better than joining a yacht club? Having friends who are members of a yacht club!

The words sound strange coming out of my mouth: "I'll meet you at the yacht club for dinner." Am I growing up?

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Look what the tide washed in. *Photo by Greg.

Look what the tide washed in. *Photo by Greg.

Rennie and Anne aboard Cassiopeia at Paradise Marina.

Rennie and Anne aboard Cassiopeia at Paradise Marina.

At the local restaurant you can order the "Very American" breakfast of "Burrito Filled With Strawberrys."  It reminds me of when I was in Brazil and I ate a "California Burger" that consisted of a patty with fruit cocktail on top.

At the local restaurant you can order the "Very American" breakfast of "Burrito Filled With Strawberrys." It reminds me of when I was in Brazil and I ate a "California Burger" that consisted of a patty with fruit cocktail on top.

What are they looking at?

What are they looking at?

Bernadette cracks first.  Have you ever tried to win a staring contest with an animal?

Bernadette cracks first. Have you ever tried to win a staring contest with an animal?

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Bernadette finds a new way to enjoy "fish-sticks."

Bernadette finds a new way to enjoy "fish-sticks."

A local musican serenades us on the busride to the nearby town Sayulita.

A local musican serenades us on the busride to the nearby town Sayulita.

Kyle Fults, 13, wants to make a movie about his cruising adventures through Mexico.

Kyle Fults, 13, wants to make a movie about his cruising adventures through Mexico.

Cory, 10, loves to surf.

Cory, 10, loves to surf.

Bernadette's ready to play in the waves!

Bernadette's ready to play in the waves!

Colleen is all smiles.

Colleen is all smiles.

Greg's ready to battle the waves.

Greg's ready to battle the waves.

It's nice when you can match your board.  Surfers come in all sizes...even pint-sized.

It's nice when you can match your board. Surfers come in all sizes...even pint-sized.

Kyle tearing it up.

Kyle tearing it up.

To his dismay, I made Kyle surf the smaller shore-break, so I could snap photos.

To his dismay, I made Kyle surf the smaller shore-break, so I could snap photos.

Kyle and his sister Heidi.

Kyle and his sister Heidi.

Greg and Bernadette wave from the comfort of their beach chairs.

Greg and Bernadette wave from the comfort of their beach chairs.

Colleen speads her message of peace.  Or, does she mean victory?

Colleen speads her message of peace. Or, does she mean victory?

Surfer girls, Bernadette and Colleen.

Surfer girls, Bernadette and Colleen.

Back at Paradise Marina, Collen and I hit the beach again.

Back at Paradise Marina, Collen and I hit the beach again.

Maybe the next one!

Maybe the next one!

Hurry, it is going to get us!!!

Hurry, it is going to get us!!!

Cherie boards down a wave.

Cherie boards down a wave.

Now that's a smooth landing.

Now that's a smooth landing.

Rennie plays with a jelly-fish.

Rennie plays with a jelly-fish.

Tree or not?

Tree or not?

Michael and Sylvia aboard their appropriately named yacht Sabbatical.

Michael and Sylvia aboard their appropriately named yacht Sabbatical.

Anne.

Anne.

Doug and Diane welcome boaters to the Vallarta Yacht Club.

Doug and Diane welcome boaters to the Vallarta Yacht Club.