On the Beach

Tulum Beach in the surf

Tulum Beach in the surf

The surf rumbles all day and all night. Where water meets land, long white capped waves roll over, roll under, and roll onto the land like conquerors. There are high and low tides and thin legged birds kick bubbles left by the waves like Colombian soccer players. In...

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Fish Tacos Best on Earth

Fish Tacos Best on Earth

Tulum has two faces. There is the Hotel Zone which is a strip of bars, restaurants, hotels, retail shops along the main road running along the beach all the way south to a biosphere nature preserve called Sian Kian. Then there is the Mexican town of Tulum where locals...

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Maderas Beach going to the surf

Maderas Beach going to the surf

The best surf is not in San Juan Del Sur. To reach any one of the best surfing spots north and south of SJDS you have to take a shuttle. For modest dollars, you load into trucks, jeeps, vans, and are driven through back country, down winding dirt paths in four wheel...

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SJDS Sunrise/Sunset one reason people show up

SJDS Sunrise/Sunset one reason people show up

In the heat of the day, the beach in San Juan Del Sur is almost unoccupied. There are few people walking its length, even fewer walking into the surf too cool off. Waitresses and waiters stay under their canvas roofs and swat insects with menus. Dogs stretch out on...

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Landing in San Juan Del Sur planting a flag

Landing in San Juan Del Sur planting a flag

It is probable that some Spanish conquistador planted a flag on this beach, had a prayer said by the priest on the expedition, and had to pull a sword and fight locals who didn't like the intrusion. San Juan Del Sur is a most popular place, a party town, a hot spot on...

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Prospecting On the beach at Padre

Prospecting On the beach at Padre

Prospecting is in your blood, or it isn't. On a weekday, at the beach, Neal prospects, Joan knits, Scott pulls his hat down and lays back against a dune and watches kite surfers move across the water. The wind is blowing, but it is better here than in a frigid north...

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Kite Surfing South Padre Island

Kite Surfing South Padre Island

This Padre Island surf isn't the best but the wind here is usually strong and steady. Kite surfers combine kites and surfboards and hitch themselves to the wind for free rides, skimming the top of the surf like stones thrown across the top of a lake's surface. Wearing...

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Pieces of Eight Morning walk on Padre Island beach

Pieces of Eight Morning walk on Padre Island beach

Early, gold hunters show up with wading boots, windbreakers, wide brimmed caps, sunglasses, their gold detectors dipped into frothy water. The sky, water, and beach run together like a tightly edited film. Everything in this landscape moves but seems to stand still....

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Sandcastle Art Mermaid and Dolphin

Sandcastle Art Mermaid and Dolphin

Sand is the most common material on the beach. While we walk on it, draw initials or hearts with arrows through them, there are those who use sand to sculpt fantastic visions. Outside Pier 19 in South Padre Island there is a sand sculpture. There is sand art in front...

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Going to the Dogs South Padre Island  beach

Going to the Dogs South Padre Island beach

People love dogs.  Dogs behave as we humans should behave. They are loyal, patient, love unconditionally, and show affection. Many retirees who pull their Rv's to the Isla Blanca Park in South Padre Island, Texas do so because they don't want to leave their dogs...

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Seagull Charley Morning on South Padre Island Beach

Seagull Charley Morning on South Padre Island Beach

Seagull Charley doesn't come when you call his name. Without a fish for Charley, he ain't going anywhere and he won't push tennis balls with his beak or do circus tricks. This morning Charley strolls the beach watching for opportunities. What he catches is his and he...

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San Pedro Catholic Church During the week

San Pedro Catholic Church During the week

The San Pedro Catholic Church fronts the Caribbean Sea in town, just like every other bar, restaurant, and lodging. As you walk the length of the beach you can look over a fence that separates church grounds from the beach and see cement seats and a statue of...

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