Sunday, January 25, 2009

Playa La Barqueta to Boca Brava & Beyond

Today my company (Jeff & Amy from Washington state), Dr. Jennifer Daniels and I took a boat ride from the mangroves behind Playa La Barqueta to a private beach near Boca Brava. We started at 7:00 a.m. and were on the water by 8:15 a.m. There were tiny no-see-ums everywhere, so we were anxious to get on the water & moving. I've been on enough kayak trips through the mangroves to recognize side channels and generally know where I am. It was great to finally get the big picture and understand without the benefit of GPS (coming soon). Alexander (his is 2 brothers) drove us expertly to a private beach (owned by their partner Douglas). We spend the next 2 hours beach combing, swimming, snorkeling (though the visibility was poor), and sharing stories. We returned to Boca Brava for lunch (where the above picture was taken from). The surprise for us was a beach party on an island in the mangrove system. We were heartily welcomed, given coconut juice (even though mine was a bit fermented & tasted alcoholic) & danced with the local talent. Jimmy (disc jockey from David radio station 92.8) played the music. We had a great time, as seen in the following video.

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