Follow the bikers of Going South on their adventures though the Americas.
Some places will strike a chord within you and make you never want to leave. Barra de la Cruz was one of those places... A small community ran beach, kept impeccably tidy, with fantastic surf. A small fee to access the beach and the community operated restaurant and facilities on the beach ensured that this sand bar provided the perfect chill out spot for travelers but also economic benefit for its owners, most of the money going towards local clean water infrastructure projects and schooling.
After several months of cold weather, we thought it only fair to treat ourselves to a little beach time, basking in the sun and providing an "all you can eat buffet" for the sand flies and mosquitoes that have made San Blas nationally infamous. This is one of the few times on the trip that we are actually hoping for wind to give us a little respite from the clouds of bugs that automatically gravitate towards the new Gringos.
Arriving in Mazatlan was, for us, a real high point, bringing together beaches, warm weather and the prospect of plenty of tasty food. Having initially planned on staying for 2 nights and then heading on down to San Blas, after the first few hours walking around town, we then decided to prolong our stopover and really make the most of this lovely colonial town.
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