After two heavenly nights at the hotel, we packed ourselves up (somewhat begrudgingly) and headed for the coast. There are several little surfing villages along a 40km stretch of coastline and we decided to go to one of the least developed beach areas. Playa El Zonte is just a small village with a few hostels and food shacks and absolutely nothing else (no grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, internet…you get the idea). However, what is does have is absolutely beautiful beaches with black sand, wicked surfing for all levels and a whole lot of peace and quiet.
There are also two turtle nurseries at each end of the village where the locals raise sea turtles to release into the ocean once they’re big enough. We lucked out and happened to be in town for one of these events and got to release two little buddies into the ocean (for a donation of $1 per turtle that goes towards keeping the nurseries going). We met up with a gent who manages one of the nurseries and he gave us a private preview of the sea turtle babies that were to be released.
This place is so zen that we ended up staying a week to play in the waves (the water is 82 degrees year round) and relax on the beach. It’s a little taste of paradise that we hope to return to someday.
We’re off tomorrow on a 12 hour bus ride to Managua, Nicaragua. Onto another country we go!