The End of the Road
Up until now, we have been going to the end of our road, turning right and heading for town. This time we turned left and found that new spectacles and surprises awaited us! We knew there was a beach this way that was a big surfing beach as we had seen lots of bikers with surfboards heading out that direction, so we followed the Big Kahuna towards Playa Ponch. After walking for 15 minutes we came to the end of the paved road and waves lapping up against that; so imagine our surprise when a car was coming from around the bend. It was a 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser slowly picking its way along the narrow beach. As we were laughing at the folly of tourists, we realized it was a local family with Abuela (grandmother) sitting in the back seat. As we tried to muddle this through our minds and arrive at a cohesive thought, a couple of surfer dudes on bikes showed up not slowing down as they headed around the bend. OK, we thought, the surf must really be good around the bend!
As it turns out the narrow, sloping beach IS the road and after following that along, finding a streetlight,
and crossing a creek wide enough that I had to take my shoes off to wade through;
we were back on a graded road with houses on one side and the ocean on the other. After another 15 minutes of walking, we were ready to turn back when we decided just a little bit further. At the end of that “little bit further” we saw a sign up ahead and decided we should at least go read the sign!
And finally we were at the end of the road! It was a sign for the La Coralina Hotel and Restaurant which was perched up the side of the hill and had awesome views out toward the point where surfers were riding the waves and across to Bastiementos Island.
Naturally, we stopped for a beverage or 4, had lunch and watched the surfers from on high. After replenishing our energy and re-hydrating, we started the trek back home but felt that we had just found a proverbial diamond in the rough.