Beach time... playa majagual

Trip Start Feb 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

After Granada i headed to San Juan del Sur with Ayme and Emico. I wasn't too impressed by the town itself, it didn't have much of the charm of the other places i've been, and seemed mostly focused around a line of bars next to the beach. The beach itself was flat and harboured a lot of fishing boats offshore, which made for excellent sunsets but wasn't good for swimming. So after a couple of nights on the town dancing to some good Reggeton and some bad early 90s music it was time to head to a nearby beach, Playa Majagual.
Playa Majagual was a gorgeous beach with a couple of places to stay and one bar/restaurant, but not much else, so essentially it was a few days of hanging around in hammocks and swimming, followed by a few cervezas in the evening - tough work. I got too lazy and cheap to go and hire a board to go surfing, partly because it meant walking to a different beach, while the waves at Majagual were perfect for body surfing, of which i did a lot. The water was incredibly clear and warm, and flat except for the regular and decent-sized waves. A lot of the time I was the only person swimming, alone with the schools of fish who swam past a few metres away and avoided the waves I caught. The sun set over the Pacific was a particularly tranquil time to sit on the beach with a beer or swim, as long as there was someone else to reduce the chances of being taken by a shark at that good shark hunting time!
The amount of wildlife at Playa Majagual was pretty cool, aside from the hundreds of fish in the water and crabs on the rocks, there were weird mollusc things in the shallows, seaslugs in rock pools, and scorpions in the dorms. I ate dinner at a surfers hideout where a scorpion was found on the wall, and later that night at the bar next to the beach, while talking about the scorpions people had found and been bitten by, I stood up to feel something crawling on my thigh - and freaked out of course. I hit and shook it out of the inside of my pants, expecting to be stung any second, but it turned out a massive purple and yellow crab had crawled up my pants and latched onto my leg as i stood up.
After a lot of sun and swimming and with Semana Santa (Holy Week ie Easter) rapidly approaching it was time to head to Isla de Ometepe to chill out. It looked like San Juan del Sur was going to get crazy, (not in a good way) and expensive, and possibly dangerous. Ayme and Emico decided to stick around San Juan for a while, so I hit the road solo again.
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