Here is a link to a couple other previous visits if you care to see more photos, including a photo tour of our BnB in 2011 (click here).
Lori and I danced there and in the gazebo at the town square, showing off all our moves to applause in both venues. We both had salads at Daniels which was EXCELLENT. I had a 'Princess Ensalada'
which was lettuce, covered in croutons, tons of bacon crumbles, grilled sliced chicken, avocado, and grapefruit around the edges. This needs to be a staple for me at home.
On the downside of our sojourn was the fact I had not packed a swimsuit, mistakenly having put in two sets of jogging shorts. We had to shop and found a stylizing pair of swim trunks at Anbifios which had a large selection at pretty tall prices for a guy from Arlington. I chose a fine set with blue plaid, four pockets and a stretchy waist band and tie strap for $675. (pesos)
I had to go back the next morning for them. Lori was having some stomach issues (only lasted the morning...thank goodness). I did some other shopping getting two nice belts for another $800 and had to go back to the Cambio Store (Money Exchange) for another infusion of pesos. Also I stocked up on basics like microwave popcorn, salted nuts, potato chips, cranberry juice, and limes for our cocktail hour.
We got to our favorite beach bar around 1PM and discovered some exceptional sand sculptures. A full sized (30') nurse shark and other creative sand events. Who knows how long they will survive.
|Sand sculpture left behind after a movie shoot? A fine life size nurse shark!|
The water is warmer than most of our visits and cleaner too. Love it!
I swam my two laps out to the ropes and floats that keep the ski boats and jet skis off shore and noticed I was tired from that. More swimming is needed. 1.7 beach laps of walking and greeting old acquaintances we have seen many times.
Our first day on the beach gave us a bit of color. We had slathered with a 45 spf and it was a good thing. More color on our bodies each day. One can pick out the newly arrived by the white skin. Now, on the 4th day, we both have enough color to take out a Hobie for a sail without worrying about getting too much sun (still with plenty of sun screen).
It seems the government is making a point of saying 'keep it cool' around here. I am good with that.
Exercise for the boy on this trip is a priority as ski season will hopefully be in place on our return. After dumping the prescribed statin drug, due to leg cramps, running is OK again. One must arise pre 7:30 AM or it will be too sunny for serious work.
Daily early AM workout will either be a walk or a jog walk on alternating days to start with. Then a walk up and down the mile long beach. We are realizing about 1.5 circuit walk a day on the beach. Then there is the swim which is put off until later in the day followed with a walk on the beach to dry off.
The swim is maybe a 400' lap out and back to the ropes with floats which are tethered out in front of El Vira's. Two of these laps were a serious test of breath and muscle the first day but getting easier.
Talking to other gringos on the beach resulted in a conference about what to do. This couple, Tim and Donna, who own a marina up in the Gulf Islands and a 1982 Baltic 42 had been seen running on the street in the early hours by the Count so when encountered on the beach it was easy to start a conversation.
They recommended a 'Floorshow', family friendly, of cross dressers put on by a the Transgender/Gay/Lesbian community at a pub called El Pueblito, near the Mercado, downtown. Two shows on Thursday night, one at 5:30 and one at 8:30. We found out about it at 4:30 and were only going to be here for the one Thursday but it did sound interesting.
The beautiful white sand beach was beautiful for the first day or so and then a bunch of headless (80% or more) bait herring washed up for the next 4 days. Thousands of them and the local beach crew were out picking them up several times a day. Then there were no more. A mystery with several theories.
a. Tuna going through a school knocking the heads off and then having a leisurely meal.
b. Warm water currents making a fish kill (Doesn't explain the missing heads)
c. Trawlers off shore renewing their bait on long lines with lots of hooks. The sheer number of fish makes this suspect but does explain the uniform size of bait fish and the lack of heads.
d. other ideas?
Friday: Daniels, two salads and one limada and one agua con heilo = $317
Sat: Elvira's Beach Bar = $230, AnYs, two Sopa de Tortilla and two beers = $237
Sun: Elvira's Beach Bar (dinner)= $535 for Camarones Diablo and clam chowder and ensalada plus wine La Perla Sports Bar (on the beach for the Seattle Seahawks vs the 49ers) = $200 for carne asada tacos and two cervasas.
Mon: Lunch was at Daniels = $135 for omelette, quesidillas, and limeada. Dinner at Paty's (on the beach) = $310 for cheese and onion enchiladas in verde sauce (spicy!) and shrimp cocktail in a sweet tangy sauce, french fries with two glasses of wine (happy hour 5-7 with a 2/1 deal and we arrived at 6:57)
Tues: Hanging out at El Marlin at the far south end of Playa la Ropa = $225 for some most excellent dorado deep fried fish sticks, quesidillas, liminada, and two Negro Modelos. Very cheap and good!
Dinner at El Vira's in town = $200. Had to dance to Jimi Mamou again, he was playing at the Barracruda (hangover, not the fish).
Sailing was $300 for an hour on a Hobie cat. Great fun in SUPER warm water! One hour was plenty. Surfed in on a large wave that surprised us but managed to keep it straight on to the beach.
Wednesday: We ended up at Daniel's and we both got the salads again. $285 (?) A small day on the beach at El Vira's cost us about $180. Had to dance to Jimi Mamou again. Excellent! No cover but donated $100 to the kids
Thurs: $505 for coconut shrimp at Lety's with mixed salad and limenada. $95 at El Vira's
Friday: We changed to La Perla for the day hangout, found the best beach bathrooms and had a good lunch with beers and limenada $250 while we each had EXCELLENT massages for $200 each.
Dinner to be salad somewhere.... Had to dance to Jimi Mamou again..
Lori had a salad and limenada while I had a limenada =$108
CF also had a hot dog at the stand by the basketball courts. Supposedly ranked #1 in the world. It was good with bacon and all kinds of condiments. $15
Saturday: El Vira's $205 for fish tacos, chips and pico de gaio, limenada and two beers.