Monthly Archives: January 2017

Saturday Congas at the Balneario


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The last couple of Saturdays we have been heading down to the balneario (public swimming beach) in Rincón to jam with some local congueros. They have been meeting up for some time, but we didn’t realize it was a planned and open event! The first time we saw them we had stopped by the balneario one morning and were enjoying the beach scene of diving pelicans, funny little grackle birds, boats, swimmers and parasailers but slowly kept getting drawn closer and closer to the drummers and the trance-like beats. As I admired the beautiful congas and djembes, they encouraged us to grab some percussion instruments and join the group. Soon we were enveloped into the fold.

Drums at Balneario
I played the cajon and an interesting gourd with a mesh of seeds

As we talked and got to know each other, they said we should come back each Saturday and join them as it is open to everyone. They were convinced I had to be a Latina and specifically from Colombia because of the way I speak Spanish. Britton, they could tell was still “aprendiendo” but he has improved a lot as well! Every day we fit in more and more here! Come down to the balneario some Saturday morning and join us!

 

 

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Beautiful Rincón: Tres Palmas Peace


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A classic shot I took from Facebook. I wish I knew who the photographer was to give credit.

Our favorite drive in Rincón is around the point and down through Tres Palmas. Often there are cows and donkeys peacefully enjoying the field with tall coconut palm trees swaying in the distance. And when the waves are up, it’s a great place to scope them out as they crash and send salt spray to aromatize the air. Every time we drive past there or stop to go to Steps Beach I remind myself what a magically gorgeous place this is and how fortunate we are to live here. I think nearly all of us here in Rincón hope that this piece of land stays just as it is. For cows – not condos!

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Checking out Tres Palmas from the road

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Ripples and fronds

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The cows are pretty friendly and docile

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Cabo Rojo: Lighthouse and Playa Sucia


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Overlooking La Playuela from the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

We had planned on a sailing adventure this week, but a series of events caused it to be postponed. We were all ready to go and had met up with some friends at a local panadería and were on our way out when we heard the news of the cancellation. Instead of reversing course we decided since we all had cleared the day for a fun adventure that we would go out and do just that! We chose the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse and Playa Sucia for our setting of the day and it was wonderful!

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Our friends on the adventure!

Cabo Rojo is actually pretty close to Rincón and we took a new back road there that hugs the coastline which was a lot of fun in our new Mustang. Though Cabo Rojo is only maybe 20 miles away, the landscape changes dramatically from lush and tropical to much drier.

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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

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Crazy high cliffs!

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Spiral staircase inside the Cabo Rojo Faro

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Gorgeous views out every window of the faro

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Guess that’s what you call picture windows! haha

When we arrived, we finally got to tour the inside of the lighthouse (that we just missed the last time), we wandered around the cliffs for a while and then we just hung out under the shade of low-growing trees and in the gorgeous turquoise waters.

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View from the roof of the lighthouse overlooking Playa Sucia and the salt flats

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Iguanas enjoying the day too

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We learned a little about the sea salt production too -if you ever want fresh unrefined sea salt, just bring a jar here!

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Salt hill and salt flats right behind Playa Sucia

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Playa Sucia

Since it was a Tuesday in winter there were only maybe 15-20 other people on the beach all day. Just enough to make for interesting people-watching but not too many to feel very crowded. A perfect day!

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Warm turquoise waters and white sands

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Beach fun!

Rock Pile

BK Chillin Yoga couple Under the trees Cassie rocks offVarious ways to chill at Playa Sucia (Check out the couple doing acroyoga!)

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I think they are trying to rebrand Playa Sucia (Dirty Beach) to Playa Limpia (Clean Beach) now

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It’s so much saltier than most areas that the plant life is sparse

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Ready, Set, Jump!

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Flor y mar

Cassie flor

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Ombak Bikini Bash at Villa Playa María


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Sometimes you have moments that are just simply beautiful and inspiring. One such moment was a warm Sunday in January here in Rincón. We had heard about the Ombak Bikini Bash but didn’t know much about it. We had never been to Villa Playa María, but it is a gorgeous Villa right below Calypso on María Beach.

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Villa Playa María during the pool party

This was a cool event complete with free drinks, a bikini fashion show, hair braiding, snacks, pool and beach access and even live music. It was a beautiful day to hang out with friends and enjoy life. Thank you to everyone who helped put this party on! We hope to come to the next one!

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Enjoying the view

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Fun with friends Ariana and Anthony

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Spent a good 3-4 hours hanging out, playing and floating around in the pool!

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The swimwear fashion show was fun

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Our friend Cait from Sunburnt and Salty even modeled for the show as well as held a yoga class!

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A gorgeous sunset and evening

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Hanging out at a Villa by the beach in the midst of winter doesn’t sound like a bad day to me!

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Los Bronson, a surf band, played live

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Just chillin’

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I even got to meet the creator of the Ombak swimwear line, Ana!

Just another beautiful day in paradise!

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