It's A Three Beach Bonanza !!!
Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
60Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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We have our favorite taxi driver Gregorio picking us up in just over an hour. We have packed a picnic lunch, loaded up the rum and beer, and are ready to hit the southern beaches.
If you recall last week, we went north the Playa Marsella, Madera, & Majagual. Today we go south to Playa Hermosa, which locals say is one of, if not the prettiest beaches in Nicaragua. Then our next stop will will Playa Remanso a little further south, and finally last stop will be Playa Coco This beach is about as close to the border of Costa Rica that you can get!!.This beach has a fair bit of development, as in homes and condos, a restaurant etc. So I have a fresh battery in my camera , and I will post later on tonight when we return. Please do "tune in" later..........
6:15 pm and we are back from a day at the beach! OMG what a day it was. We started out at 9:00 am and headed down to Playa Hermosa which the English translation = beautiful beach, and it did not disappoint! I had heard a lot about this beach because it as one of the three beaches that was used in the filming of Survivor Nicaragua. It is a huge flat sandy beach, and was excellent for beach combing. I found dozens of beautiful shells on this beach, and had not seen any on the other beaches I had been to
I mean just look at this beach! This was around 10:00 am and there were only a couple people surfing.
You have to stand in the middle of this beach to get an idea of how big it is. The water today was quite warm, and the waves were really big. Ross and I watched a couple guy's surfing and Ross remarked how one of them was much better than his partner, he was doing 180's and didn't bail off his board. When his partner came out of the water we stopped to talk to him and found out his name was Chelo Calderon, and his partner that was doing all the fancy tricks was none other than Rex Calderon, his nephew. Now just in case you are not a fan of surfing, Rex Calderon is a local young man from San Juan del Sur. He is just 17 years old, but according to his Uncle Chelo, Rex is ranked # 1 surfer in Central/ South America! He is a very nice young fellow, and it was a pleasure to meet him. We will be back here at Playa Hermosa in 2 weeks to watch Rex compete in the El Carizal Surf Competition.
Later on after the surfing was ending we decided to find a spot in the shade and enjoy our picnic lunch. We had no sooner found a good spot under a tree when this happened..........
No you are not seeing things!!! It's a cattle drive, on the beach! Actually it was very well organized and it looked like the two Nica cowboys knew just what and where they were going. However for a couple tense seconds it looked like they were going to stampede out picnic!!
After a nice lunch, and a few cerveza's in the shade we decided to pack up and head south. Our original plan was to stop next at Playa Remanso, but we had such a nice long stay at Playa Hermosa, that we went to Playa El Coco instead, so I guess it was in actual fact....A Two Beach Bonanza!!
At any rate we arrived at El Coco and again were very impressed by the beauty of this beach. It is much smaller, but is way off the beaten track and has quite a bit of development so far. We saw a number of very nice private homes right on the beach,as well a good sized condo development still under construction at the south end of the beach. We stopped into the restaurant situated in the middle of the beach, and we had a couple more beer! As far as beaches go this one is about as far south that you can go before you reach Costa Rica. There is La Flor a bit further south, and that is the beach where I went to watch the turtles hatch.It is not however, a public beach, but rather a Turtle Reserve.
I think this place, or part of it is for sale!
An easy beach to walk end to end.It was really hot here today, but the water was very refreshing!
So after about 6 or so hours baking on the beaches in south western Nicaragua we decided to call it a day and head for home. I must say that the entire day was one of the best I have had since I got here,and I seriously doubted it could get much better, but wait...........it did! Just as we were coming into the Escamequita beach area we saw a truck pulled over so we slowed down to see what was going on, and................it was "monkey business"!! The trees above us were full of Howler monkey's, and they were putting on quite a show. I can't tell you what an awesome experience it is to see these monkey's so at ease in their natural habitat! When you live your life in a "concrete jungle" you seldom ever even get to see a monkey, unless of course you pay to go to a zoo!! So I hope in the years to come there is little development in this area, and these wonderful creatures can continue to thrive.
Well there you have it! Another "action packed" day doing nothing in beautiful San Juan del Sur Nicaragua! Did I mention how much we love it here? Gotta go for now, have a very early day planned tomorrow. Yes I confess, I am going horseback riding AGAIN at Rancho Chilamate. I have no defense, so good night................