I don't know if the sunrise seems more breathtaking this morning because there are fewer clouds or because we're waking up to it in our upgraded cabana. Whatever the reason, it is truly fabulous; so much so that we sit for hours in the rocking chairs on the deck to watch it.
We also notice some fish in the water. They look like large red snappers. And out in the distance there are yellow tail and some kind of little fishes jumping out of the glistening water.
Our plan for the day is to have breakfast, drive the scooter through some of the local neighborhoods and then to the market to pick up some water and snacks, then back to 9 Beaches for kayaking and a few hours tanning on our semi-private beach. However, at breakfast we notice an ominous cloud coming our way. Could that be rain? The answer comes just as we finish eating. A torrential downpour pushed along by winds that drive the rain sideways right onto the patio where people are finishing breakfast.
Chef Joseph emerges from the kitchen to see what all the commotion is about, and we have a quick chat with him about how much we're enjoying our stay here. As much as we would like to stay true to our plans of riding the scooter one last time before turning it in, we know it could be dangerous to ride on the slick rain-soaked streets. So instead, we turn in the scooter key at the front desk (very convenient; Oleander Cycles will come here to pick up the scooter), and we spend the day inside our cabana enjoying the sound of the rain as it beats upon the canvas rooftop.
While a rainy day in paradise might appear to have ruined our plans, in actuality, I was hoping to experience this. In fact, one of our fellow Travelpod travelers, Willbtraveling
, suggested that we pray for rain one night. And here we are with a beautiful rainy day. Perfect! I don't even mind foregoing our plans for kayaking. I guess we'll have to do that on another trip.
As we update our travel journal, Ijahreen, the housekeeper comes in to clean the cabana and we enjoy a nice chat with her.
She explains that the cabanas are disassembled and thoroughly cleaned twice a year to ward off mold and keep them looking new.
Eventually, the rain stops just long enough for us to tiptoe down to the beach and wade in the crystal clear waters. Oh no, here comes the rain again, and we dash up the stairs and back to our abode. Before we know it, it's time to freshen up for dinner at Hi Tide
. We've made reservations, and are looking forward to a delicious meal on our final night here.