Playa Blanca and Birthday Celebrations
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May 16th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
We spent one lacklustre night in the city and decided to head straight to the beach. The following morning we took taxis to the local market and caught a speed boat (with 2 motors!) for $20,000 per person (usually only $15,000 but it was Sunday) across the straight to the Carribbean beach of Playa Blanca. This is a "no shoes, no news" kind of place. After a bumpy and wet ride the beach came into view. My second time here but this time to spend a day or two, lucky me! The beach is a long strip of pure white sand with palm trees and warm turquoise water framing it.
We quickly found hammocks for the night for a mere $5,000 COP including mozquito nets (after Tayrona needed!) and settled into the sand and lapped up the sun. Finally a beach style holiday part of the trip. Believe it or not it can get really tiring travelling and it was just what the dr ordered. The beach is visited by wealthy colombians, day trippers and back packers willing to spend the night in hammocks in return for glorious days in the sun and water. There are shacks that run across the beach that act as restaurants and beds for the night. There is limited electricity (Only a few people have generators) but plenty of spirit.
Alex owned the hut on the beach where our hammocks were and seemed a jovial host.
The night then went fairly smoothly apart from a drunken local woman and man who kept fighting over who would dance with the gringos. A little disconcerting but nothing as scary as Alex. We drank, we chatted and we sang Happy Birthday several times before heading to the beach for a spot of midnight swimming under the starry night. Now this is living!
The next day was spent unknotting my back after a really uncomfotable night in a wet hammock and being massaged and fed fruit salads. The sun shone, the sea lapped at the shore and we became more sunkissed and golden as the day went on. It´s an exquisite place to relax and recover after Taganga!
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