Escape to the Caribbean

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 378
Temperature : 28 degrees
Weather : Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, and some sunshine


San Andres is a small, tropical Caribbean island which belongs to Colombia but actually lies off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America. The native islanders here speak English although many of the businesses here are owned by Colombians who speak Spanish. Interestingly there are 80 perfume shops here in the main town which are apparently all owned by one person! There are also dozens of alcohol shops and clothes shops including many high street names. There is an air of money around the island, and the question comes to mind, "where does all this money come from?"  We have an inkling as to the answer, it won't take much brain work for you to come up with the same one. After all, we are in Colombia.

Apparently, the weather here has been beautiful for weeks…and then it rained the day we arrived. The following morning we had sunshine for about 3 hours and then it rained all afternoon. The next day was like a drab, dark, wet and windy November day in the UK (except that it was 28 degrees!) It’s been on and off rain ever since, which has meant that there has been a distinct lack of tanning opportunities, which means I’ll have to Photoshop the tan back in for the blog! Can’t be looking all pasty and white now can we?! I mean, we are in the Caribbean…did I mention that??

We found a great little place to stay on the eastern side of the island which owned by a German chap who runs a dive school in town. Effectively, we had a two bedroom cottage with lounge, dining area and kitchen all to ourselves for the four days that we were here. The white sandy beach was just across the road, about 1 minute walk away.  Very convenient. Our days have either been spent on the beach when the sun has been out, or sitting in hammocks drinking Amarula when it’s been raining. Tough eh?

On our last day we went diving with Werner (the German owner) and two Aussie guys that were staying in other accommodation also owned by Werner. The visibility on the dives was great, and the underwater topography was very pretty with walls and caverns and coral gardens with sandy bottoms. There were beautiful gorgonian sea fans with purple veins, sponges and soft corals, and the blue was so blue (divers out there will understand!). However, there was a distinct lack of fish which was unusual, considering that we were diving on a coral reef....it should have been teeming with fish, and so this was dissapointing.  On the positive side there was the beautiful underwater landscapes which I mentioned above and there were many amazing Arrow crabs which we’d never seen before as well as cleaner shrimps which are always interesting.

After four (mostly rainy!) days on this little tropical Caribbean island it was time to move on. Unfortunately for some bizarre reason Kev and I didn't take one single photograph here....blame the rain I guess! However, Fi managed to take a few, and so attached to this blog are some photos which she very kindly gave us, just so that you guys wouldn't miss out!

We are now headed back to the mainland and then onwards to the Amazon rainforest…very exciting! On the wish list of things to see are parrots, frogs, snakes and river dolphins. Fingers crossed.
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