Over the past several weeks we’ve been sharing stories from sailors who have remained in or journeyed to Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week we received a letter from Petaluma-based sailors Rich and Laura Brazil, who have spent several seasons in Mexico aboard their Nauticat 43, Tally Ho. Here’s how they describe a recent trip down south.
Laura and I made a quick trip to Paradise Village Marina, Puerto Vallarta (PV), to check on Tally Ho. It had been seven months, and naturally, we were a bit apprehensive. I’m happy to say we were pleasantly surprised! The San Francisco Airport COVID protocols were strictly enforced and our airport experience felt safe. There were very few travelers. Our flight to Los Angeles (LAX) had 21 passengers.
The airplane was another story. Why on earth do some people wear their mask UNDER their nose? It drives me crazy! I kept my mouth shut and mask on. The passenger count from LAX to PV was 50, with plenty of space to feel safe. (Except for the morons wearing chin masks.)
Arriving in Puerto Vallarta was a breeze. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer are more prevalent in Mexico than in the US. I chuckled when our dock neighbor said he had heard nothing but COVID horror stories about the US, while we hear nothing but the same about Mexico.
Our Uber from the airport had a very polite masked driver with hand sanitizer, and the marina staff followed suit. We went to several local restaurants, including lunch on the well-spaced beach. The beaches in PV are open but heavily regulated, which is surprising for Mexico. We were escorted to our designated palapa and given specific instructions. Each time out, we observed everyone doing the right thing, making us feel very safe. I hope this helps for would-be travelers.