Turtle Beach, Isla Bastimentos

Another beautiful morning at the marina and it looked like a great day for the beach! IMG_9180 IMG_9181IMG_8008 Gavin was ready to go!IMG_8005 We took our jungle, “No, it’s a rain forest,” path toward the beach. IMG_8048

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

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Breadfruit

Breadfruit

Turtle Beach was a long walk away from the Red Frog Marina. But once arrived, we had our own private beach scattered with tree-trunk playgrounds.IMG_8065IMG_8076IMG_8096IMG_8069IMG_8064 Inbetween making mud pies (mud cupcakes, mud cookies…Annika is an established sand baker), playing peek-a-boo around branches, and taking dips in the ocean we took a stroll down the beach to see what else we could find.IMG_8087

Trail to Polo Beach

Trail to Polo Beach

Then, it was time to head back toward Red Frog Beach for cold drinks and a bite to eat at the Palmar Tent Lodge.IMG_8120 IMG_8119 IMG_8118 The Palmar Tent Lodge is an eco-friendly, beachfront resort. This is camping with style! The lodge offers daily yoga classes, delicious meals, and opportunities for surfing, spearfishing, kayaking, and local tours. The accommodations are earthy yet lovely; the resort functions on solar power and filtered rain water. The guests here are travelers passing through, each with his or her unique story to share. IMG_8099 IMG_8102 IMG_8108 IMG_8098We enjoyed the afternoon at the lodge; eating lunch, playing cards, reading French comic books, and strolling along the beach keeping cool in the ocean. Then we headed back to Rode Trip where Brian and I cooked up pizzas while Darren, Katie, the kiddos, David, and Victoria freshened-up from their day at the beach. We spent the evening under the stars among new friends and old; getting acquainted with dock neighbors, sharing food, drink and good conversation. Annika even found a playmate, Donia (2 years-old), who’d arrived at the marina earlier that day with her parents in their motor trawler. Donia and her mother joined us while the girls played. We kicked back and enjoyed the cool night air under a starry ceiling. Ahhhh…I love vacations!