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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ensenada Escape

Ensenada has been a surprisingly fun stop. Our friends Jan and Ramona took us wine tasting in the Guadalupe Valley where we toured the oldest (Santo Tomas) and biggest (L.A. Cetto) wineries and had a great meal at La Hacienda. They also took us to La Buffadora (blowhole on Punta Banda) and shopping in town for art glazed flowerpots(!) for the house.

The Coral Hotel and Marina have nice amenities including indoor pool and spa with steam room and gym, clubhouse with pool table and big screen tv and the savings at the fuel dock paid for it all. The local morning net is on VHF 69 at 0800 M-F and 0900 Saturday, donuts at the Marina Coral clubhouse at 0930 on Saturday and don't miss the Sunday brunch at the Hotel.

Although outward clearance for US boats and US citizens may not be required to enter the US by CBP (depending on the US customs officer), we had the marina van take us to the one-stop office near the port where the marina agent took care of all paperwork for $25 plus a $30 fee for Interlude. He also took us back to the pottery shop for more pots(!) with one urn so big we had to stow it in the main salon because it wouldn't fit into a cabin.

Tomorrow (Sunday) we plan to sail 60 nm to San Diego, check in with CBP and then spend a couple day at the Southwestern Yacht Club guest dock.

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