Trip Start Mar 21, 2009
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Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Paraiso, paradise in spanish is exactly what this place was.  After being detained in Puerto Vallarta for a while we finally left and headed for Chacala bay hoping to anchor and maybe finally get some waves.  No such luck, the anchorage was rolly and everything was closed out and beat up from the strong onshore daytime winds.  So we left to check out this little cove like ten miles or so more south outta Chacala bay where you're supposed to be able to anchor .  Paraiso is aptly named for exactly what it is.  Apparently it used to be some sort of plantation, now its privately owned by someone very wealthy.  As you approach paradise the coves are hidden behind two small islands, not visible unless you come in very close. On the back side of the islands are several small coves with turquoise, emerald green water lapping up onto sandy beaches lined with coconut palms.  Upon entering the farthest cove you can see a large estate secluded under the cover of a myriad of coconut palms.  There is a guest quarters, a heli-pad, and apparently armed guards.  The guidebooks we had stated that anchoring is "tolerated," and going ashore is forbidden.  The word LOBO (wolf) was spelled out in large white rocks on the front lawn.  We could see people stirring around on the property, sunbathing, making some drinks at the bar.  Someone literally owns paradise, I wonder who and how they got it.
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