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Published: December 13th 2015
Took an early morning walk on the beach, looking for birds and sand dollars. We heard and saw a couple of green macaws, but we probably won't be able to get a photo. Saw a group watching some baby turtles buried in a hole. Some babies are hatching now. On the way back stopped at the bakery and fruit market for breakfast items. We have a nice patio in front of our room, very peaceful. Breakfast pineapple was delicious.
The hotel is very colorful, with a strip of jungle plants down the middle of two sets of units. There is a small restaurant area near the front where you can order breakfast if you wish. Seven hammocks are strung from a center post under a pagoda, with a great ocean view We can hear the waves from our room. Not bad! Very reasonable ($30 per night).
A light rain started in the late morning, really cooled things down. The rains stopped and the temp moved up. We decided to check out the hotel pool, which is quite a way from the hotel. We took a couple of back roads, crossed some sandbags and a little mud. To
be fair, they were working on the area. The pool itself was not too large, but nice and clean, with some lounge chairs around. Might have to go back for a swim.
Walked around town some more. The guys from the restaurant last night waved at us! People really do love their animals here, lots of dogs and cats. There was a big racket early this morning, and we decided it was the roosters. Nice thing about this town is that there are no motor vehicles. Only way to get around is to walk or bike. No continuous horn honking like in San Jose, where the cars seem to speed up if you cross the road. There are no banks or ATMs in town. We knew that and had enough with us. By for those without enough money, they had to go to the market to withdraw from their credit cards, where there is a 10% fee as well as the fee charged by your card. That could get expensive.
We walked up and down the main street of town. Many tour guide shops, mini-marts, fruit markets, souvenir shops, particularly jewelry items made from sea shells and driftwood
items. Walked to the south end of the island to the entrance of the Tortuga Nacional Parque. Although there are other animals there, most of the turtle activity is in October. Since we had been to two other national parks, we decided to forego this one.
This afternoon we were reading in the hammocks and there was a commotion over by the cabanas. A possum was between the tin roofs of the porch on a cabana down from ours. His skinny tail was hanging down. One of the hotel guys got him out, had him on a choke stick and was taking him down the beach. He was a nasty little guy.
Took another hike later in the afternoon, looking for green macaws. This is a long peninsula; you can see the sunrise on one side, the sunset on the other. We went to dinner at Miss Mirian Caribbean Restaurant. Her place is right on the edge of the soccer field. The food was excellent (fish), and we could watch a pick-up soccer game while we ate.
Another fun day. Hard to get in the Christmas spirit when it is so warm here, but we are seeing
lots of holiday decorations.
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