Day 5 (Jan 4) consisted of driving to the North side of the island, to Cartara. We set up on Englishman's Bay (a pretty empty beach, lucky for us) and spent most of the day playing in the waves and sitting on the sand. There's the bay below, pretty sweet spot, can't lie about that!
We stopped a handful of times on the drive there (which took about 45 minutes) and checked out some little spots. The Smooth-billed Anis (below) were posing very nicely for me, so I snapped some photos of them that I was very happy with.
It's probably a good thing we didn't bring a tent this trip, because I would have been tempted to put it up by this beach and I might not have ever left! Look at that water!
Below is Bloody Bay - an appealing name, no?
Day 6 (Jan. 5)- We were up early and the plan was to search out a place called Bucco Marsh. We followed the sketchy directions but in the end, were displeased to find out that it's being developed. Gah! There was a little bit of marsh left, next to the construction site, right on the beach. So we walked over there (totally sketchy) but it wasn't overly safe - construction debris crap around and such.
(Southern Lapwing near Castara above)
There was a pretty long stretch of beach, so we took our stuff and were going to walk a half mile or so to the more secluded part, but a girl stopped us and advised us against that idea. She had just been robbed on the beach apparently. Hmm.
We drove around and found a much better beach. Other than some guy who tried to sell us pot on the beach (again, sketchy!), this place was a good spot. The waves were pretty awesome there and we played like little kids in the water until we got destroyed by one particular wave. At that point, we ran out of the water like dorks.
(Goats in the road, hey!)
In late afternoon, we headed back to town, bought some cheap pillows (a wise decision if you read my entry about the lumpy things). I found a little frog in the apartment and expertly caught the little guy and put him outside. We slept pretty well with the new pillows. Check out the local beer's slogan: "It's a man's world." HA! so silly.