Thursday, January 22, 2009

An evening stroll

When we're down in Mexico it's inevitable that we go for a stroll along the beach in the evening. This definitely happens after we've had our seafood feast at La Tarraya restaurant. I'm always amazed at how quiet it is at night on the beach. There's almost no one there. As you walk along with your toes and hem lines in the surf, enjoying the moon reflecting off the ocean, you can see into the resort areas along the beach. Sometimes they have special performances going on so we'll stand and watch for a while until the urge to move sets us in motion once again. It's so peaceful and calming to wander along listening to the sounds of the surf but we must not let our minds wander too far or we will trip over the ropes tied along the shore holding the many small boats bobbing in the ocean.

But during the day it's a whole different atmosphere. It's starts early in the morning with employees from the beach side resorts out grooming the beach in anticipation of all the tourists. The beach is especially beautiful first thing in the morning after the employees have raked the sand to level it out nicely and to clean up any seaweed that washed up over night. Later in the morning everyone begins to arrive and if you want a lounge chair under an umbrella you shouldn't wait too late into the day or they may all be taken up. Some of the beach side locations even have hammocks and beach beds you can rent. As the beach fills up the boats get busy and are coming and going all day, taking people snorkeling, diving, parasailing or on other activities.

It's interesting that in Playa del Carmen we have not had vendors approaching us on the beach. Perhaps it is an enforced law that they are not allowed on the beach, but I don't know that for a fact. I remember being at another beach a few years ago, perhaps it was in Puerto Vallarta, and there was a constant flow of vendors coming by with their wares.

PS:  Want to come play in Playa del Carmen?

1 comment:

  1. Wow Cynthia you captured the beauty of those beach moments beautifully with your words. As one who now lives here, I thank you for the reminder to remember to enjoy beach time.

    It is an enforced law in Playa del Carmen - no vendors on the beach. Not the case in Puerto Vallarta. I enjoy both ways!