We’re not a surfing family…but we’ve got some kids eager to tackle the waves. With surfboards we bought back in 2012/13 on Baja (didn’t see much use until this past year with Mitchell and Maret braving the cold Canadian Pacific) we figured we’d hit Eréndira’s surfing beaches.
Near kilometre marker 78 on Mex 1, just south of Santo Tomás we took a paved road out to the coast where we came upon Eréndira (about 20km drive). We stayed following that road until it came to the coast and took the dirt road (the red dirt…reminds me of Prince Edward Island) that headed north. The road was pretty bumpy, at times there were gullies but nothing too difficult for Argo.
It was definitely slow going.
Our first camp was only a few kilometres from town but must have taken us about 20 minutes to reach it. We had heard there were good surfing beaches out here but figured they might be further north of us. Rhett studied the wave action for awhile before jumping in. (The waters of Mexico are far kinder to the body but still require a wetsuit for most places north of Puerto Vallarta.) The kids and I spent the afternoon beach combing.
In the morning a Mexican named Alberto stopped in wanting to sell us fish…which we bought 2 for $300MX. Alberto told us of a better surfing beach just an “8 minute drive” north of this spot. As he sped off down the bumpy dirt road we wondered how far he could travel in 8 minutes!
Everette and I hopped in Scout (the Honda van) to take a drive north ourselves. About 30 minutes later we came upon a long stretch of beach with other surfing gringos camped out there. Alberto was getting more fish sales.
We liked the looks of this beach area more and figured we’d attempt to move the bus…there was one dip we were concerned about but figured we’d give it a try. Alberto kindly offered to return Everette to the bus while I hung out on the sand dunes catching some quiet moments under the sun.
About 90 minutes later Everette and the bus arrived, having survived the rough road!
We settled in, anticipating at least a couple of nights here. In the end we stayed about a week! We hired Alberto to do some shopping for us, saving wear-and-tear on our van while giving him a bit of extra money. Besides, he knew where to get some of the stuff we were asking for, such as the boogie boards we hadn’t yet bought for the kids’ Christmas gifts.
We hadn’t really come prepared to spend Christmas out here on Eréndira’s surfing beaches but none of us were anxious to move on. Content with what we had, we put our imaginations into high-drive …and ended up having the best Christmas we’ve ever had!!
Christmas Eve I pulled out some art supplies for Toveli to create a Christmas tree. Clothes hangers; green pillow cases and fabric left from a duvet cover; bobbles we found; pieces of jewelry left over from Layne’s wedding bouquet; festive ribbon I bought for $1 in Canada; my “travel angel” crystal for the tree topper.
In the morning the kids were pleasantly surprised to find a small tree hanging over our couch, with a collection of presents at the base. A tree with a great ocean view.
Most of the gifts exchanged were homemade (some were even recycled!!). Almost all of them came accompanied with a story that had us continually laughing, wishing we’d caught the whole thing on video. It was totally hilarious, I can’t even express in words.
Everybody was in a great mood; nobody was keeping track of who-got-what or even seemed to notice that some of the kids only gave a present to one or two of their siblings, not all of them. Who cared?!! It was all so wonderful to see the smiles, hear the laughter, catch the stories behind the gift. They each caught the character of the receiver of the gift they gave.
The kids spent much of Christmas Day delightfully playing in the waves until they were fully exhausted. Everette read on the beach nearby while I enjoyed the peace and quiet in the bus…sweeping/washing the floor without feet in the way…and pampered myself with a pedicure. Toveli had pushed to finish reading Harry Potter book #5 so that they could watch the movie on Christmas so they accomplished that. Then the evening was spent giving tours of the skoolie to our new international friends, curious of how we designed it to fit all 7 of us. Young German medical students, Australians, USA, and other Canadians (Ont & Quebec) chatting up a storm, enjoying the company of other travellers…we’re probably old enough to be their parents, but who cares. We all had a great time connecting.
P.S. No cheesecake. Just a tie-dye cake for Christmas dessert.
P.P.S. After a week at Eréndira’s surfing beaches we headed south on Mex 1 to Colonet and went back out to the coast to a small community of houses called Quatro Casas (literally, 4 houses). The road was rough getting out there (not to mention Mexicans sent us the long way around) but was totally doable even in our rig. However, we wouldn’t do it again. It was a spot that surfers liked, and the guy Richard that runs the hostel and campground charges $5USD/$90MX per person per night to camp. With that you get to use gross pit toilets! For $5 more you can use the hot shower once and have access to the flush toilet for the whole day. For another $5 you can also use internet. Or you can use the skateboard bowl (another $5).
That seemed a hefty price for what was offered but the sun was soon setting, and we’d heard over and over that this area was known for armed robbery of lone campers. Our friends had arrived a short while ahead of us and already paid. Otherwise we all would have camped together right alongside of the beach north of the compound.
Live and learn
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