Thursday, August 24, 2006

Riviera Maya Journal 2 #2 - Casa Sombra

The beach house we stayed at is called Casa Sombra (Shade House). It's located in Aventuras, which is at the south end of Akumal. The water park of Xel-Ha is about 5 minutes drive from here.

Casa Sombra comes with a Mayan couple, Dino and Artemia, who are the live-in caretakers. They actually stay in a separate cottage at the rear of the property, and they are as visible (or invisible) as you like.

The guest house is 50 feet from the ocean and has huge windows in the living room that look out on it. There are hammocks and beach chairs and a shower right outside the door, so swimming, sunning and walking on the beach is very convenient.

One of the nights we were there, some sea turtle eggs hatched right outside our door. At midnight there were almost 100 baby turtles scrambling around looking for the ocean. We gathered a bunch of them in a bucket so they'd be safe until they could be taken and released into the surf. That's something I'd never seen before; quite an experience.

-Larry Widen


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