Friday, June 30, 2006

Time for the beach!

Okay, this will just be a quick one (hopefully) since I'm on vacation. Yesterday we drove down here to Bahias de Huatulco (Bays of Huatulco), which is a beautiful place on the coast. People we have met who have been to big-name places in Mexico like Cancun and Acapulco say that this place is even nice. It's a series of bays , some with a lot of people and some with none. Unlike Cancun, there aren't a bunch of hotels built row upon row along the beach. Here, there are stricter zoning laws and most of the bays don't have a hotel right near them.

In the bay we usually go to, La Entrega, there is a big corral reef that is pretty close to the beach. If you just stick on a pair of goggles you can swim out there and see many different kinds of beautiful fish. One kind is relatively small with yellow, black, and blue coloring. As soon as we get over the reef, they start to gather around us so we can reach out and touch them. It's great! Another kind is very dark but has brilliant orange, blue, and white accents. Yet another fish is blue all over and has spots on it that seeem to shine.

If you've had enough of the beach you can go into town, into La Crucesita. There is a zocalo there, just like in the city of Oaxaca, and they usually have some live music going on there. Tonight is was a Christian reggaeton band. Surrounding the zocalo are small stores and restaurants. For a smaller bite to eat you can buy a corn on the cob covered in mayonnaise, a crumbly white cheese, salsa,and lemon. Typicaly there are at least two vendors around the zocalo seeling corn. The beach and town alone should be enough for a few days (and, for the most part, it's all we've done) but there are other things to do like rent jet skis, rent four wheelers, go white water rafting, go hiking, or go out on a boat tour of all the bays.

First pic: La Entrega, the bay we always go to.
Second pic: The ocean, a pelican, and rocks just before sunset.
Third pic: My dad and I in a tree overlooking a bay and the ocean.

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