Published: August 13th 2008August 9th 2008
So for the past two weeks we have been traveling on the coast. We woke up on Sunday morning and after checking out of hostel we went to the bus station to buy tickets and we were so lucky cause the bus was leaving in 20 minutes- (we have had amazing timing like this our whole trip, when we don’t know the schedules of anything and we end up making buses just at the perfect time- good travel karma I think Anyway, it was about 8 hours through some pretty scary terrain. For a lot of the time we were traveling on windy dirt roads high up in the mountains and the bus driver thought it was a good idea to pass anyone in front of us. But we made it to the coast safely to the small town of Bahia. We got in so late that there was no one in the streets and thankfully we found a small bed and breakfast hostel- nothing fancy but all we needed was a bed for the night because the next morning we woke up and had breakfast at a restaurant overlooking the harbor. Then we took a boat taxi across the
water inlet to another small town of San Vicente. Then we took this taxi that was pretty much a motorcycle with a little open-air caboose connected to the back. So far it was one of my favorite things to be riding in this tricycle with the ocean air in our faces looking out onto beautiful beaches. We traveled north along the coast to the small laid back surf town of Canoa. We found the cute hostel, Hotel Bamboo, which was right on the beach and had a little bar and seating area looking out to the ocean with tons of hammocks too! The beach was so beautiful, with colorful tents set up each day for people to rent to stay out of the sun. The water was also pretty warm but unfortunately we only had good sun our first day and after that for the majority of our time on the coast it was overcast everyday, which we were very disappointed about but I still managed to get some sun and a decent tan!
We stayed in a little bungalow above two Swiss boys that we ended up hanging out with most of the time that we where there. They
were so nice and their English as very impressive. We also met some of the local surfer boys who we did our best to communicate with in Spanish but they were fun and a constant form of entertainment since they were always around trying to flirt with the American girls- haha. On the beach we also met an American girl that had been living in Canoa for three years and started a school there. Rachel and I went to visit the school and I was so impressed. There were some other American girls that were down there for the summer helping out at the school and the first night we went out with them to a bar that one of the girls worked at. After we went to dancing at a discotec where we met the owners who were from Lake Havasu, AZ- Small world.
The next morning I woke up early and read on a sunbathing roof of our hostel even though it was overcast again. Then we had breakfast, which was really yummy at this hostel- choice of scrambled eggs and good bread, coffee or tea, or fruit salad with yogurt and granola or crepes with bananas, fruit
or chocolate! These are the typical options are most of the places that we have gone for breakfast which I have been loving!
The second day we hung out on the beach for the whole day and I went for a run down the beach and found really interesting shells and unfortunately saw some dead animals along the way- a blue footed boobie and a really weird looking fish with white spikes and a bull dog face. We also went for a beach walk with the Swiss boys looking for the caves that we heard were up the beach, but the tide was too high and we couldn’t figure out how to get to them. On our way back we picked up trash because there was a ton of it along one portion of the beach and there was a deal at our hostel that for every bag of trash you get one free drink. So after showering we had yummy cocktails looking out onto the ocean with the sun setting- LTD (Living the Dream ) We went out to dinner that night and then hung out at the hostel bar and had an low key night but then when
we went back to our room to get some sleep the bar next to our bungalow was playing music soooo loud, it sounded like we were sleeping in a night club until 4 in the morning so we didn’t get much sleep and the loud music pretty much continued like this until early into the morning for all of the nights that we were on the coast- I’m kind of getting used to it now. The last day was very relaxing again and that night we just hung out with the people we had met there- so interesting to hear everyone’s stories about their lives and travel. Meeting new people is one of my favorite things about traveling and I think that I why I liked our time in Canoa the best out of all out time on the coast.
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