Gregorio knows best!!

Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2011

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

This morning our taxi driver Gregorio picked us up at the usual time to deliver us to yet another fabulous white sandy beach. I have really been trying to get the "lay of the land" here in southern Nicaragua, but I have been a wee bit confused with some of the names of the local beaches. When we arrived at the beach I have always known as Majagual, Gregorio corrected me and said the name of the beach is actually Playa Matilde!! So now I am thinking, huh? I looked on a travel brochure and I didn't see any beach called Playa Matilde. I did however see a camp site called "Matilde. so now I'm wondering who knows for sure??  Since I am a "need to know" kinda gal I started asking many of the local people in the area because there  are four beaches next to one another.The first one is Playa Marsella, then Playa Madera, the third I thought was called Playa Majagual, but might be Playa Matilde, and the fourth beach where the Pellas family compound is according to those in the area Playa Majagual! Phew!!
 While we were exploring the beach we stopped at a small beer shack to get Gregorio a coke.There were five or so people hanging around having some beer and a few of them spoke Spanish so Gregorio was telling them about safety at night on the beaches, and he caused quite a commotion when he told stories about the "Chupacabra" coming out at night with teeth gnashing, striking terror in the hearts of all who traveled the beach alone.

 He had them going for a minute, but then everyone started to laugh ,and they realized he was just messing with them!








At any rate, is was still a great day of swimming and beach combing, however i must point out something we learned today that was very helpful. If you visit any of the beautiful beaches in Nicaragua you must be aware when you are swimming in sandy beach areas because the entire coast has a large number of "sting rays" Today when Ross and Kevin went body surfing they both had a very close encounter with several "muy grande" rays. Ross stepped on one he estimated to be over 3' in diameter!! Kevin also was swimming and stepped right on top of one. Both were lucky they did not get stung. The local surfer's recommended that you "shuffle your feet" whenever you are walking in shallow water. They also mentioned that there were fewer rays in the area when the tide is high?? Hmmm?


After lunch at the Barrio Cafe  which consisted of some of the tastiest fish I have had yet,we walked up the beach to visit one of our new friends, and fellow Canadian, Marco. Boy does this guy ever have the right idea. He lives here on the beach for 6 months of the year, and returns home to B.C., goes to work for a while, then comes back. He has this great little shack on the beach, but has all the comforts like electricity water etc..., and a weekly beer delivery! What else do you really need?








  Today while we were visiting, he brought out this huge slab of beef and seasoned it up, then put it on a rotisserie. Too bad we couldn't hang out there any longer. I imagine it was probably fabulous!






After a full day of lounging at the beach Gregorio returned to collect us and take us back to reality in San Juan del Sur. On the drive home we stopped again to watch a large troop of Howler monkey's. I have been here for a while now and I just never get tired of watching these monkey's . They don't seem to have any fear of people, and they look quite relaxed as they watch us from the tree tops.





Finally for dinner tonight I cooked some more Dorado, but with a twist tonight, I was experimenting and made a "mango chili" sauce. *note to self* use less chili next time!! Ross thought it was delicious. however a little too over the top spicy for me. We are ready to call it a night soon, but will be back again tomorrow................
Buenas noches :-)   
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ralph on

We just call them the "M" beaches north and everyone gets to go sooner or later and enjoy them all. We are so glad Dee writes this blog each day as it saves a lot of work and time for those that ask "what is there to do in San Juan del Sur"?
You Guys are the most, super guest and part of the Park Avenue Villas Hotel family.

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