So many cruising boats take the direct line from Turtle Bay to Mag Bay, and miss the next few stops down the coast. This is a shame, as places like Asuncion deserve a closer look, and some extended time in their sheltered bays if you can show a little patience. Ascension is a quiet fishing and beach town, with a decent selection of services and a small but tight-knit expat community.
Avoiding the obvious point that forms the bay, which has some offlying rocks, and it’s a clear shot into the sheltered bay from just about any angle.
Similar to Abreojos to the south, this is a wide open bay that faces SW, with a long sweep of beach and room to anchor anywhere, in sand, in 20-30 feet (lost my notes on this one, so looking for additional detail from a recent visitor…)
Landing in a dinghy can be tricky if the swell is up (even out of the NW, which will wrap in to the bay a bit). It’s typically best to look for where the fishing pangas are making their daily landings, and copy them (but stay out of their way). The town is somewhat spread out, but you can wander the Malecon (yes, it’s a developed boardwalk) and a few blocks inland to find all kinds of fun eateries and stores.
If you’re looking for fuel, a whale watching trip, fishing info, mechanical parts or service, or just about anything else hard to come by along this coast, contact Shari Bondi, an expat gringo who runs a charter operation from Asuncion. She is well-connected in the community, and an amazingly helpful resource. You can typically reach her on her Mexico cell: +52.615.155.7197.