My own empty stretch of white sandy beach - Yes!

Trip Start Feb 25, 2008
Trip End Mar 18, 2008

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Restaurant and Cabanas Las Veranera

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Fred indulged me once again, and took me to another beach. This time it was at Santa Clara, which is a long, glistening white, soft sandy beach, lined with palm trees. You could walk down the beach in either direction for hours it would seem. For some reason, most tourists do not come to this beach. On Thursday when we arrived, I probably only saw 6-8 people on the entire beach. Friday, there were a few more people, but not enough to bother.

Fred and I were each able to do what we like at the beach here in Santa Clara. Fred likes to be under a palapa, reading a book, in the shade. Here there were great palapas with 2 hammocks underneath. So we both had our own hammock to lie and read and listen to the waves. The palapas were just off the restaurant, in the sand, so we could get drinks and food at the palapa.

I on the other hand, love to jump in the waves and play in the water, walk on the beach, look for seashells, and just indulge myself. The sand on this beach was really clean, white, and very comfy to walk on. The water was clear, no sea weed, and I could even look for seashells through the water. Then back to the palapa to hop back in the hammock.

This was the only place that I didn't get great fish. I had a grilled filet of corvina, but the fish just wasn't cooked enough, so I survived on fruit and french fries.

Both nights, Fred walked hand in hand with me down the beach at sunset. He is such a sweetheart. He even drew a heart in the sand with our initials. I stood over it until a wave washed it away.

 However, now a word for about the sunset...I lived in Washington state and the sun set over the ocean, I lived in California both northern and southern, and the sun set over the ocean, I have traveled in Mexico and Peru and yes the sun set over the ocean. Now all of a sudden, in Panama, still on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the sun set ....not over the ocean, but over land, OVER LAND!  That is because, as difficult as it is for me to grasp, the Pacific Ocean is actually south, not west of  Panama. Very mind boggeling. As we walked along the beach, we saw some very upscale, expensive looking homes. Yet there was concertina wire separating their property
from the beach.

We played around taking pictures that looked like a "Corona Commerical," so I will include a couple in the pictures.

We stayed two nights in the thatched roof cabanas right on the beach. Had a few mosquitos so had to break out the DEET and use it at bedtime. But the beach, oh the beach was fantastic. It was one of the best beaches I have been on and without any crowds at all. There were some local fisherman and the casting nets in their boats, anchored off shore. 

I say good bye to the sand and the water and now we head inland to the high country to El Valle. Okay, we are seriously lacking in clean clothes so we are going to where the weather suits what clean clothes we have left! El Valle is supposed to be cooler, so long pants and long sleeve shirts should work just fine.
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