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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 3

Join Thor and me as our Playa trip continues with snorkeling outside the reef at La Posa. Another Geezer Adventure.

NOTE: Due to major body and computer/camera breakdowns during the fall and winter, it’s difficult to get new photo essays up. Thor and I just took another healing trip to Playa Sonrisa, so I’m replaying highlights of our 2022 trip, when we returned to Playa Sonrisa (Beach of Smiles) after the pandemic. It’s always restorative, and it’s our special place not only because we celebrated our Luna de Miel (Honeymoon) there, but because it’s remote from tourist frenzy. There are miles of nearly deserted beach where we can just step over the sand and swim out to the reef for snorkeling among colorful fish.

Thor and I decided the calm sea conditions were perfect for renting a boat (and pilot) to swim across the cut in the barrier reef and snorkel the deeper waters at La Posa. We would join Jose, the boat owner, at the harbor in Xcalak, the fishing village near our inn of Playa Sonrisa. This is the main street, which we drove through on our way to Playa Sonrisa:

This is the rutted “Jungle Road” we take from Xcalak to Playa Sonrisa, driving very slowly. Depending on the year and rains, the road can vary from rutted to ruinously cavernous or partially flooded. It’s always lovely, with birds flitting from branch to branch and iguanas running across the road.

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