After our two nights in Playa Novillero, we were on the road again on Tuesday. We crossed back over the Acaponeta river,
and then we got back on the road, heading south to discover the next group of beaches in Nayarit. We decided to visit San Blas, which was about a 60 mile drive. As we approached the town we noticed that it was surrounded by mangrove swamps.
San Blas is a favorite tourist destination, rich in history. It was officially discovered by the Spaniards in 1768, and served as the Spanish Naval Base. We passed the ruins of the church that was built there in 1769,
That sent us zooming for the car, and for a local internet cafe, to check the map for the distance to the next town. We found a little bar that had a charming old hi-fi stereo playing record albums, along with old novels written in English.
We made a quick stop at one of the neighboring towns, where I spotted some fishermen getting ready to go out in their boat.
We checked into a hotel in Las Varas, and took a walk through the town. There was the booming sound of firecrackers, and we realized that it was December 12, the celebration of the birthday of the Virgen de Guadalupe. This explained to me why we found her picture or statue so beautifully decorated in each town. They were preparing for her birthday! We walked to the local church, where they were serving atole and tamales outside, while inside a mariachi band was performing. It was delightful!