Picante sunset cruise

by shortcake, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 10:46 (2449 days ago)

Hello again

Is Picante the main/only boat offering sunset cruises? Not looking for a super boozy cruise, just a relaxing tour of the bay. Any opinions/experiences?

Thanks

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 11:12 (2449 days ago) @ shortcake

Please use the Site Search Engine on my Homepage to find trip reports regarding the Picante that will answer all your questions and more. ;-)

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by Harry, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 11:22 (2449 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

3 years ago I took the Picante evening cruise. At that time it cost around $50 per person. No complaints at all.

We boarded the vessel at the marina and cruised around for about 3-4 hours. The bar was wide open the entire time, and they served a meal about halfway through. The Captain was a very pleasant Englishman. It was clean, safe, folks were well-mannered.

For the record I have never seen a bartender cut and squeeze so many little limes in such a short time, keeping up frantically with a rapacious demand for marguaritas....

It's one of my intentions to try their daytime snorkeling expedition this coming week.

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by Ket, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:29 (2449 days ago) @ Harry

Ha ha....that girl in the striped shirt directly behind you doesn't look real amused. I went on a similar trip in 2004 but it was on an older sailing vessel, not a cat and definately not the Picante. We looked for it in 2005, but alas gone. We avoided the Picante because every evening when it sailed past LaRopa, it looked and sounded like spring break on board. Based on you experience, it looks like I was mistaken. Perhaps I will give it a go. The captain on the voyage I took was also a really cool English chap...I wonder if it's the same guy, and I wonder what happened to the original boat. Anyone?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:43 (2449 days ago) @ Ket

As far as I know the Picante has never has an English captain. Kevin is a long time ex-pat who is quite Mexicanized, even moreso than I am.

The monohull you refer to, Nirvana, was operated by an Aussie. They pulled out years ago and moved on.

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by Ket, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:59 (2449 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Hmmmm....could have sworn he said he was from England, made several references to it...could he have filled in for The Aussie you referred to, or had I consumed too many of the outstanding Marg's accurately referenced by Harry?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 13:28 (2449 days ago) @ Ket

My bad. I've been informed there was an Englishman called Robert who captained the vessel for a while.

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by Craig Scheiner, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 15:52 (2449 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Picante is an excellent choice for an adult style sunset cruise. No no-hands beer drinking, etc.; just a great sail through sunset into the night. I loved it. Photos are on board Picante sunset cruise.

Craig

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by jr ⌂ @, Friday, February 04, 2011, 12:17 (2448 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Captain Robert Foulker is the English captain they were referring to. He was skippering the Picante until about 4 or 5 years ago.

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by Vancouvertony, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 17:33 (2449 days ago) @ Harry

Captain Robert was his name.When in port he hung out at Paccolos.

Vantony...

by Harry, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 22:23 (2449 days ago) @ Vancouvertony

Captain Robert was his name.When in port he hung out at Paccolos.

You Sir, are a consistently reliable source of helpful information!

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by senorita claudia, Thursday, February 03, 2011, 22:26 (2449 days ago) @ Vancouvertony

Very entertaining chap, Robert. Haven't seen him in Pacolo's this year. I remember he was a Brit.

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by LindaH, Friday, February 04, 2011, 21:34 (2448 days ago) @ shortcake

We went on the Picante on January 8 and had a total blast. It does have an open and generous bar but the group was fun without being out of control. There were several families with children on board. This was the sunset cruise from Zihua to Ixtapa and back. The crew is wonderful! So fun! The boat is beautiful and it is great to see the back side of the hill and then the coast over to Ixtapa. The weather was perfect, the sunset beautiful. We loved it and will do it again when we come back next year. Highly recommend.

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by shortcake, Friday, February 04, 2011, 22:14 (2448 days ago) @ LindaH

Went on the cruise tonight and we were lucky enough to be graced by two whales playing near the boat for a good fifteen minutes. the captain turned off the music and everyone on board watched in silence. spectacular. no one got piss drunk either. just a good time all around. glad i did it

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by k80hall, Sunday, February 06, 2011, 20:16 (2446 days ago) @ shortcake

We also were aboard on this night! The whales were magnificent and the Captain (Captain Tony) very respectful of them and obviously still awed by them even though I am sure he has seen these beautiful animals many times before. They were likely the highlight of my visit to the area this time.

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by lauralee, Thursday, February 23, 2012, 16:36 (2064 days ago) @ k80hall

Do we need to make reservations or just show up and purchase a ticket at the pier?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 23, 2012, 17:33 (2064 days ago) @ lauralee

You need to make reservations with the Picante to go on one of their cruises. They post their weekly schedule of cruises here, so please scroll down or check the recent pages for their latest post.

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by Wiscott, Friday, February 24, 2012, 00:17 (2064 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob, what ever happened to the triple decker boat, The Dancer? I was allowed to captain that 98'(?) vessel and it was a bit different, to say the least, than operating a 24' pontoon boat around the islands of the Turtle Flambeau Fowage in the northwoods of Wisconsin. The captain stood by my side giving me directions, but when the route came within 50 yards of an island that felt like 50 feet to me, I happily turned the wheel back to the experienced captain. All was safe for everyone on board and it was a memorable experience for me.

Rob, before you jump on me or the captain of The Dancer, I was a licensed boat captain and had been the captain of a research vessel for the Sea Grant Foundation out of Green Bay, Wisconsin for a number of years while in grad school at UW-GB.

Scott
www.flambeauvista.com

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by allen @, Pacific Northwest, Friday, February 24, 2012, 00:28 (2064 days ago) @ Wiscott

It would not be your credentials that would be in question but rather your sanity for supporting such a obnoxious endeavor.

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by Wiscott, Friday, February 24, 2012, 00:42 (2064 days ago) @ allen

Here we go! Let the games begin!!!! My memory of the distance from the island may be in error, but it was the normal route for the cruise. It just felt close to me with a vessel that large and not usually bringing a vessel in that close to a rock island.

I guess my bringing up one of my cherished experiences, in light of the recent cruise ship tragedy, was a mistake.

So, to what port did the Dancer finally sail?

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by allen @, Pacific Northwest, Friday, February 24, 2012, 00:45 (2064 days ago) @ Wiscott

I have no idea where she sailed to and my sympathies are with them. There was a time when I conspired to sink that vessel myself.

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by Wiscott, Friday, February 24, 2012, 01:08 (2064 days ago) @ allen

Allen,

Please accept me appology for misunderstanding your original post. I agree that the The Dancer did not,nor does not, fit within why we come to Zihuatanejo. We happened to have friends with us that really wanted to go on their "sunset cruise" so we relented and went with them. When the extremely friendly deck hand came to me and asked what he could do to put a smile on my face, I replied, "I would like to captain the ship." I never expected that my request would be honored. To my surprise, I was escorted up to the captains area and allowed to take the wheel.


Allen, again,I am sorry for misunderstanding your first post.

May I buy you a beverage somewhere between March 18-29?

Scott
www.flambeauvista.com

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by allen @, Pacific Northwest, Friday, February 24, 2012, 01:29 (2063 days ago) @ Wiscott

I will be there from the 2nd to the 21st and would be glad to take you up on your offer. I can be found at the Fishin Hole most afternoons. I am glad that you understood my take on the Dancer.

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by Craig Scheiner, Friday, February 24, 2012, 01:23 (2064 days ago) @ Wiscott

I believe Dancer sank, but I am not sure. It was an alchy boat no doubt. Getting drunk on the water was the sole purpose of those cruises. The crew would crank up the PA and blast everyone on shore when they cleaned up the boat the next day. It was fun if you didnʻt mind the loud music and no hands drinking contests. I saw a few whales, that was nice. Iʻve done both, and the Picante is the way to go if you are looking for a wonderful time on the water. Picante is what sailing is about. Dancer was for kids. Picante is for adults.

Craig

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by allen @, Pacific Northwest, Friday, February 24, 2012, 01:43 (2063 days ago) @ Craig Scheiner

shusssh!

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scuttle me, please

by martin @, west coast wisconsin, Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:48 (2063 days ago) @ Craig Scheiner

craig,

that derelict bore an uncanny resemblance to el sombrero out of puerto vallarta in the '70's, as well as the fandango later in zihuatanejo.

martin

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scuttle me, please

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:52 (2063 days ago) @ martin

I recall the day we all watched the Fandango sink. Every now and then pieces of it still wash up on the beaches after a big storm even though that was over 20 years ago.

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scuttle me, please

by martin @, west coast wisconsin, Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:55 (2063 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

gracias

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, February 24, 2012, 09:42 (2063 days ago) @ Wiscott

The Dancer was last seen advertising "booze cruises" in Cancún. One more reason I will never visit that manmade disaster area!

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by Walt, Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:11 (2063 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Just got back from a free invite by friends to their place in Cancun, The Grand Myan. Pretty much a waste unless you want big brunches, no real Mexican food and lounging around the swimming pool. Beers were $5. Hard to get off the reservation but my wife and I walked the one mile to the entrance and took buses to the local towns three different times. We bought lobster and grouper right off the boat and cooked it in the kitchen. Think this was the first time our friends ever turned on the range top.

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by sandy@picantecruises.com ⌂ @, Friday, February 24, 2012, 09:54 (2063 days ago) @ lauralee

Hi Lauralee!
You need to make reservations, as there is limited space on the boat, and we need a head count to make sure we have sufficient snacks on board for all. Looking forwad to seeing you on board!
Regards,

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