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SlatchJim

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Re: Help us pick
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2017, 08:44:03 AM »
So the discussion at home is regarding our country's current relations with Mexico and whether it's a good idea to travel.  Me, I'm up for it, but momma wants things to settle down a bit.

Current leaning is toward Maui.  What's the worst that could happen? I learn to downwind?  We haven't been there since our honeymoon 31.5 years ago.  It probably hasn't changed a bit.  :)

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Re: Help us pick
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2017, 03:07:35 PM »
So the discussion at home is regarding our country's current relations with Mexico and whether it's a good idea to travel.  Me, I'm up for it, but momma wants things to settle down a bit.

Current leaning is toward Maui.  What's the worst that could happen? I learn to downwind?  We haven't been there since our honeymoon 31.5 years ago.  It probably hasn't changed a bit.  :)

Aloha Jim,
You and Marty have a good problem to have, right?...;-)

Honestly, I don't think that our wannabe dictator, that a minority of US citizens recently elected...and, has stirred up a small amount of Mexican nationalism, has had any effect on the safety for Americans vacationing in Mexico...at least that I have heard about...YET...;-)

I do have an amigo down in the Baja, where Deb and I "own" property, that publishes a great blog...here's a little perspective...at least from Baja Sur, which is my Mexico travel preference...waves...weather...paddling...food...weather...safety...etc...

http://www.bajainsider.com/article/mexico-travel-warning-perspective

I don't hesitate recommending PV for you guys...like I said...my shop manager, Al, took his wife and two young daughters there last month...and, he has a law enforcement and safety background...

Taking it a step further...personally, I feel that the PV area is a little too tame...ridiculously safe, IMO...;-)



It's called the Mexican "Riviera" for a reason...it's one of the world's top tourist destinations...furthermore, big picture...more than 1,000,000 Americans are living in Mexico and so are an estimated 500,000 Canadians...

Regarding Punta Mita area...

"This area is so private that even locals aren’t aware of their famous neighbors including executives from Apple, Siebel Systems, Yahoo, Amazon, Qualcom, and British Telecom, as well as one very high profile landowner, and one of the richest men on the planet. In 2014, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, along with his Cascade Investment group, bought 48 acres of beachfront property along with the Four Seasons Hotel site in Punta Mita."

"We’ve had superstar visitors in Punta Mita before but it has been particularly Gaga with a frolicking a Sheens and return visits from the Kardashain family.
Famously graced by Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston with Vince Vaughn, Kate Hudson with Matt Bellamy of Muse…then more discreet legends like Michael Stipe, Ewan McGregor, Roger Waters as well as many captains of industry and politicians.
After filming in Mexico City, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Diego Luna shot a few scenes in Punta Mita for an upcoming futuristic political thriller called Elysium.
By association Punta Mita is made famous as THE safe and secure luxury enclave on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Earlier this summer, Charlie Sheen was kind enough to tweet his presence and give his personal endorsement of Mexico in a video of his time at the Four Seasons, Punta Mita Resort, saying “Much like myself, don’t believe what you read or hear about Mexico. It’s paradise down here.”

OTOH, beneath the outward veneer of paradise and aloha, there is another side to that Maui vacation that they are trying to sell to you in the brochure...;-)
Two sides to every coin...

https://mauinow.com/category/crime-statistics/

"Maui police responded to 18 burglaries, 18 vehicle thefts and 19 vehicle break-ins in Maui County over a seven day period from Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, 2017."

This was an anomaly...but, the truth is that there is an undercurrent of racism by some folks in the Hawaiian Island paradise that can't be swept under the rug...I have experienced it myself more than a few times...YMMV...



Regardless...whatever you guys decide...I'm sure that you'll get wet and have a good time...

Mahalos...{:~)

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Re: Help us pick
« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2017, 03:56:11 PM »
Slatch,
I'm in San Pancho right now, have been for 3 weeks and will be until end of March, things haven't changed with the election of the Donald.  People here are of the same opinion as the majority of the voters in the US.  Nothing is happening of a negative nature, if anything it is a little more crowded due to the great exchange rate.  Still a good/great choice for a little SUP vacation.  Sayulita today head+, Anclote, ankle biters, Burros waist+.  Mariscos outstanding, weather couldn't be better, water warm, little chill in the morning on dawn patrol.

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Re: Help us pick
« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2017, 11:37:38 AM »
I'd go back to Maui simply because you haven't been there since your honeymoon. You would also likely get a chance to hang with a few fellow zoners.... :)

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Re: Help us pick
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2017, 03:31:19 PM »
I might go to Maui, just to visit that guy (in the video) and buy him a cupcake.  :D

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Re: Help us pick
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2017, 09:02:38 PM »
surfk9,

Do you surf at san pancho and north ever?  Coming down may 15 to 23rd and thinking about looking around at other spots .  We will probably stay in mita but considering other spots?  Chacala?   , Playa las tortugas?  You seem to know that area pretty good ? 


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« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2017, 03:49:50 PM »
p06781,

Rarely head north as it entails a lot of driving and becomes an all day event.  Chacala requires a boat ride once you arrive and there is no guarantee of swell.  All the forecast sites, Surfline, Magic seaweed etc. are guesstimates as there are no buoys along the Mexican coast to get swell data, all comes from the North.  That being said going north is worth the drive if for no other reason than to check out the coast.  Potential surf can be found at Platinitos, Santa Cruz, Aticama, Matanchen Bay, Las Islitas, Stoners Point and San Blas.  That whole stretch can be covered in about 2 hrs from San Pancho.  San Pancho gets it's best surf during/following the rainy season.  I'l be down there with my surf buddies from 5/13-21.  We're still trying to get Las Islitas, a potentially mile long wave on a south swell.  It's in the Guiness book.  If you end up down there during our time let me know.
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