Santa Clara Travel Blog› entry 5 of 13 › view all entries
We left Casa de Lourdes this morning and had breakfast back in the town of El Valle. Huevos y jamon - seems fairly traditional around here.
Then we started the hour drive back down to the beach area, near the town of Santa Clara. This was an area Bruce had considered living (as was El Valle), so he gave me a bit of a real estate tour along the way. Pretty amazing houses and yards. (In my El Valle entry, I also failed to mention we also saw some fantastic places there as well.)
At the beach, we stayed at a place called Veranevas. (Again, I´ll have to check the name here). We had opted for this funky rustic place instead of Decameron - the ritzy hotel resort up the beach a few kilometers.
Veranevas was quaint, but indeed rustic. Our cabana was definitely "hut" style. Relatively open air and potentially very buggy. More on that later.
Upon arrival, we checked in and then hit the beach. Well, not so much the beach but the nice patio / bar area at Veraneras. I ended up sitting out there people watching / beach watching all day long. Bruce alternated between beach and pool (which was up the hill 100 meters). Eventually, I made friends with the people next to us - Dayana (and her hija), Michelle, and some dude. They were Panamenos here for the day. Meanwhile Bruce made friends with (or at least got a kick out of watching) "los borrachos" at the pool - i guess there was a small group of people up there who were really drunk on beers, bottles of rum, etc.
Later in the afternoon, I went up to the pool with my friends for a quick dip. Los Borrachos had left, and Bruce had gone back to our Cabana. The only thing at the pool was a bat flying low along the water catching bugs. That was pretty cool. So I then bid farewell to Dayana and friends, and then joined Bruce for dinner down in the restaurant. I had grilled corvina which was pretty good.
We finished dinner by 9pm, and since it was early, we took a quick drive up to Decameron (but we couldn´t get it because it´s like a cruise ship - you pay to enter by reserving a room, and then EVERYTHING is free!) So we went across the street to a casino. A beer and a few hands of blackjack later, and we decided to call it a night.
Unfortunately, I did not sleep very well because our cabana was so hot and muggy, even with the fan going. And i kept sensing bugs or mosquitos on me.