The beach has been one of the unexpected bonuses of living here in north Centro. I had forgotten how much a beach was part of me, especially after living at Hervey Bay before my big move to USA. And now there it is, just half a block down the road!
Seeing it is so close, it is no trouble to cross the road over to the malecón and go for a walk along the beach. It's a great place for the dog to explore too!
There is always something interesting to find on the beach, such as fish carcasses (great for the dog to roll in), pelicans and seagulls.
I have been able to spot cowrie shells from years of practice at Hervey Bay, and brought in a particularly good haul one day when a lot of shells had been washed up after some windy weather.
Sometimes jellyfish will wash up on the beach after windy weather. This nasty one is a Portuguese man o' war, which I know as a bluebottle from Queensland beaches. Its sting is very painful, and the tentacles are still "live" even after having lain on the beach in the sun for hours.
In an effort to keep the beach clean for the tourists (both nationals and extranjeros) the municipal government has the beach cleaned up regularly. This keeps the dead fish carcasses and large plastic items down.
At low tide, rocks and tide pools are exposed, particularly when there is a full or new moon. This local is gathering oysters and I saw a group pumping for sand shrimp(?).
The pelicans like to perch on the rocks at the south end of the beach, and can look like they are standing in the water as the tide comes in.
We live near the part of the beach where the fishing boats come in, and there is always some activity going on, such as net mending, filleting fish, pulling in a boat or playing dominoes.
The beach at sunrise can be very beautiful and tranquil.
We are a very short walk from Los Pinos beach, which is also tranquil in the mornings.
During the weekends, the locals use the beach for swimming, making sand castles or just relaxing.
At the end of our street is a boat ramp where locals sell fish from the morning's catch. They will scale and fillet them as well if you wish. The morning shift (Carlos, Chuy and Ramón) are there from early morning till 2pm.
The afternoon shift is run by Payaso (a nickname meaning "clown"), and he and his helpers are there till 5pm.
Sometimes manta rays are offered along with the fish. I have seen big ones, and we have even tried it out (too sinewy for me though). These small ones were ready to be filleted for sale by the afternoon shift.
You may also see another Chuy down there. At times he helps with selling fish on the ramp or works across the street offering freshly caught lobsters for sale out of buckets. He speaks excellent English and will be glad to act as a tour guide or assist you with any questions you may have.
You can often see the fisherman feeding the tijeretas (frigate birds). And you can have a go yourself, if you are game. Steve has used a fish called a "pajarito" or "little bill" to do this safely. He held their "beak" up and the tijeretas flew overhead and took it out of his outstretched hand (see my 2008 webpage on Beaches for a photo).
These young tourists put their offering on a sharpened stick so that they didn't lose their fingers.