Don and Rob went off fairly early to snorkel at the tugboat site that we had investigated yesterday. They reported back that it was great - it has the best reputation for snorkeling on the whole island and I guess it lived up to its reputation. While they were gone, I went for a little walk up and down our street, just having a look at the neighbourhood. I didn't want to go to far because that involves some steep hill climbing and even in the morning, it's too hot for that.
After lunch, Don and I set out to visit artist studios. They have what they call "Open Atelier Route" on a couple of different weekends, with different artists participating on each weekend. Rob stayed home to paint with the watercolour pencils he bought. We first visited a photographer's studio with beautiful work. He's fascinated with doors also! His web site is www.cw-photographystudio.com .
Then we tried to find the studio with a group of 4 art quilters. The map that was given out was wrong, and after driving down a very narrow (think back lane) street twice and not finding the place, we stopped and asked a woman who was looking for it as well. She phoned someone and got directions, and then, because she was walking, we gave her a ride and followed her directions to find the studio. We were glad we hadn't given up because the work was so interesting and varied. The studio space itself was wonderful - a former dance studio converted to textile studio. Unfortunately, they did not allow any picture taking - I so wanted to bring some samples of their work back with me, but only in my head now.
We had planned on going to another studio down by the beach, but decided to travel across the island to the north coast to have a look at it. It is a very wild coast with very few people living near it. It is mostly rock and wild seas. We did find one beach where there were some brave young people surfing. It looked very scary to my prairie eyes!
We did a little shopping on our way home and decided to go out for supper. So after collecting Rob, we went over to Caracasbaai to Pop's Place, a restaurant right along the beach. We all decided to have the lionfish special. Lionfish are an invasive species from the Indo-Pacific and are spreading very rapidly in the Caribbean. They produce 15,000 eggs every 4 days all year long!! However, we were told they are considered a delicacy to eat here, once the poisonous spines are removed. So we tried them out - I found them very bony and the flavour no better than any other fresh fish. So many bones makes the small amount of meat you get just not worth it, in my opinion. However, we can say we were helping eradicate the lionfish by eating them.
After we finished supper, we drove over to Papagayo Beach to get some gelato dessert. We walked around on the beach by the restaurants down there. There was a beach volleyball game going on and the music was getting revved up at the beach nightclub. Lots of young people standing around and it was very loud. A beautiful night by the ocean, with the breeze blowing and the stars shining. Then home to bed.