Hi all – remember more specific details about our trip are found earlier in this trip report. These sections have additional information about the days from the video perspective.
This day we slept in and made it down to the beach after our excursion to town, the beach at Coco Maya and a bit of window-shopping. We took the cab to and from town and it was a warm, sunny day and many people were lounging and enjoying the sand.
As you lounge on the beach, there are different vendors that walk up & down offering jewelry, massages, henna tattoos, jet ski rentals, parasailing rentals, and on two occasions, a couple came by with a python and an iguana with which you could get your picture taken and, for a fee, buy a copy of later at the Sandos photo store, right by the lobby next to the tour operator’s desk.
I had a negative experience with the henna tattoo – it was supposed to last 2 weeks and lasted maybe 2 hours – long enough for the group of 2 men and 1 woman hawking them to disappear from the beach.
Mamasita got one at the Sandos by the pool, and hers lasted about a week, but you can have them re-touch it for free before you head back home.
While on the beach, the parasailers in the video came quite close to landing on the whales. I think the tow boat had slowed down and led the sailers right in front of the beach for A) Advertising and B) They were exchanging customers via jet-ski and had to decelerate. In any case we got a good look at some very wide-eyed customers on the sail.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of people at the Sandos and walking along the beach. Lots of kids and this really wasn’t a problem. The people watching was great, and we met some terrific people from Germany, New York state, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc… It was fun to strike up conversations when the opportunity and interest was there.
This day started as a yellow flag day and later turned red, the way most did. We did some whale walking, swam and generally hung out at the beach. When we were hungry we went to the snack bar and loaded up our plastic plates with some great food & headed back to our palapa to eat. Same for when we got thirsty. Don’t forget the insulated mug to bring with to your palapa!