We had breakfast at our hotel, served by Roberto and Blanca. Then we walked over to the marina at Santa Crux to check out snorkeling trips. We were approached by one fellow, Able, who had his own boat and, apparently, gave us a good deal on an all day trip. So we got loaded into his boat and took off. He gave us lifejackets, but told us when we had to wear them – whenever a navy or police boat was in sight –otherwise he didn’t care. I guess he could be fined or something, he said “big trouble for me” if we were caught without them.
Able with his boat
We went down the coast along the National Park, all the way to San Agustin. We stopped at Playa La India and one other un-named beach before we got to San Agustin. And at Isla Cacaluta, Playa Maguey, and Playa El Violin on the way back. So Don checked out the snorkeling at each of these places. He was in seventh heaven, just jumping over the side of the boat and cruising around for awhile and then climbing back in until the next time.
On our way out, we saw a few dolphins and Don saw a manta ray jump out of the water. On our way back, we saw two different sea turtles, swimming along.
San Agustin is a little beach town, pretty much just for the benefit of tourists. Restaurants line the beach and it seems every tour operator has a “friend” with a restaurant that they steer their customers towards. Able told me that he had been friends’ for 20 years with the people who ran the restaurant we ate at. When we arrived, Don went for his snorkel and I went and sat at the restaurant and had a beer. I had lots to watch, there were a lot of Mexican women tourists there, negotiating with the jewelry vendors and having a great time buying jewelry.
Then when Don arrived, we ordered lunch and ate. We ran into the other Canadian couple from our hotel that Don had met the night before. They had driven down to San Agustin for the day.
Man selling iguana photos on the beach
After we had returned to Santa Crux we walked back to our hotel, this was at 4:00 or so. We bought beer and water on the way, so we could have a cold drink when we got back. We just chilled for a couple of hours and then walked back to Santa Crux to go to Oro Negra Restaurant for supper. It’s an Italian restaurant and on Saturday nights have live music and Salsa dancing. When we arrived there weren’t many people there, but by the time we left, around 10 or so, it was packed. The majority were gringos, but there were a few Mexican couples who actually knew how to dance. It was lots of fun.