|I'm obsessed with these little fishing boats.|
Negotiating entry into Mexico isn't frustrating so much as it is long, and you had best bring five copies of everything. First you have to go to the port captain, who sends you to Health and Sanitation. They give you a piece of paper and stamp each of the 25 copies you hand them and sometimes the original. They then send you to Immigration, who sends you to the bank where you pay for your tourist card. Then, it's back to Immigration for more stamps, and finally you return to the port captain. Then, the guys from Customs come out to your boat and give you more stamps and pieces of paper, all while letting you know that your aloe plant is not allowed in the country but they will make allowances this time.
You think you might be done, but not so fast. Next, it's back to the port captain (after we had to return to the boat for a second time because I didn't bring the paperwork. When the Customs guy said we were done, I thought he meant, you know, finished. Oh, how naive we are.) and you wait for more stamps. He then sends you back to the bank to pay for something else (I haven't figured out what, but it cost $45), and finally he says those beautiful words, "Bienvenidos a Mexico."
After all of that, we had to go swimming. Or at least I did, Vlad being too smart to leave our computers unattended on the beach. And I have to say this is the best water I have ever been in. It's clear, warm but refreshing and just plain gorgeous.