We took a long, winding, green & lush road across the entire island to Coral Bay.
Through town we came upon donkeys
and goats roaming the roads. At one point there was a goat herd of a couple HUNDRED goats (I got the video camera out in time, but not the still camera. Boo!) ... pretty funny!
We then veered South and went to Little Lameshur Bay and Salt Pond Bay. These were down long, unpaved, rocky roads that you really needed 4wd for... the jeep came in handy. We snorkeled at Lameshur and Dad (D) got the hang of the cheapo underwater camera we bought at Starfish market. About 20 people at this beach. Mostly an older, retiree crowd.
Thunder boomed in the distance and some big clouds rolled in so we took that as our cue to head out. We went to Salt Pond and hiked down to the bay (about 10 minutes). It was steep and rocky. This was a nice little bay. A little rocky. Only about 20 or so people there... a lot of hikers. We were there just long enough to take a dip then hiked back and it started raining.
We took this opportunity to drive to the far East End in search of Hansen Bay. We FOUND it but it was all barbed wired in and had 'no trespassing' signs. We did a few u-turns but couldn't figure out HOW to actually GO to this little beach. We stopped at Vie's Snack Shack to ask and found that you COULD go to this beach for $2.50 per person. This little beach had been owned by Vie's family since 1894 (or something like that). We walked through the little gate, through the small, above-ground cemetery (complete with basketball hoop???)
and onto the small but lovely shore. We snorkeled and saw a little troop of 18 squid staring at us as they floated together. We met a couple from the Jersey Shores who owns a place on the island. They told Mom (me) about a couple "secret" beaches we will visit in the coming days. They also pointed us to some good snorkeling spots. Although it seems to kind of be a dormant season, it was still great.
We came back to the house, showered and went out to La Tapa for paella. On the way back to to the car, we stopped and watched a local soft ball game... it looked like maybe employees from 2 separate companies battling it out... we watched an inning.
Now we are back at the house to watch a movie and hit the hay. We are beat from a LONG day at the beach & exploring (haha!).