CostaRicaToCancun travel blog

El Tunco

Last night we went to Pasquales, a high end Italian restaurant just 4-5 blocks walk. Besides an excellent meal, we met Pasquales, the owner. He is a very nice gentleman who speaks only Spanish.

It was past 9p when we wandered home along mostly quiet streets.

Today we left by private car to go to Playa El Tunco. It had been one of the places considered when choosing a place for New Years. It was not as expected although the drive down the volcan was spectacular. At Puerto Liberdad we turned north along the beach...lined with resorts. For a very brief moment we saw the old pier at Puerto Liberdad.

At El Tunco we turned off the coastal highway and wound along between resorts to El Tunco. We left the driver and walked towards the beach on a smooth bricked road lined with restaurants and tourist shops mostly with bathing suits and tops.

Once at the beach, we saw a huge back rock part of which is shaped like a giant black pig...El Tunco. It was surrounded by water...tide was going out. The 'beach' is grey rounded rocks. A narrow strip of black sand revealed itself as the tide went out.

We walked along a cement pathway bordered by resorts and their restaurants. Hucksters selling mostly string jewellery accosted us. One sold flutes.

We had 4 1/2 hours to fill. We stopped for mint limonada and coconut camerones. We checked out some of the stores. We walked the one street. We had lunch...and we waited for our driver. We wished we could call him. Not an exciting day.

Tomorrow we leave El Salvador to go by Tica bus to Antigua, Guatemala.

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