As we walked farther up the beach, it became nicer. There were also several beachfront cafes where you could sit in the shade, stick your feet in the sand, and order something cool to drink.
|One of the beachfront cafes|
We walked quite far up the beach, then staked our claim on some lounge chairs under an umbrella. There were several "walking vendors" going up and down the beach looking to sell jewelry, pottery, whistles, drinks, or Pipa Fria. We decided to try out some Pipa Fria which is a chilled coconut that they machete-chop one end off of, then stick a straw inside. It was cool and yummy!
We ate dinner at one of the restaurants on the beach. I'd been dying for some Gallo Pinto since our last trip, and noticed they had it on the menu for breakfast, but not dinner, which is normal since it's more of a breakfast food. I did my best job of asking in Spanish if I could get some Gallo Pinto for dinner, and our waitress said she'd ask the chef. It must not have been a problem since they brought out a wonderful side dish of it with my dinner!
After walking back to the hotel, we again watched the sun set from the hotel roof, but when we walked back down and opened the door to our room, we noticed an 8 legged visitor on the floor. It was a spider, but not too big. The funny thing was Gary went to push him out the door with a shoe in his hand (really, he wasn't going to squish him, the spider was too big for that), but the spider must have seen him coming as it bolted out the door ahead of him. It was pretty funny. Another great day in Paradise!