We escaped the grasp and allure of Jobos to head for Salinas a few miles west. While we were alone the first two nights, three other sailboats had the nerve to come and spoil our solitude on the third night. The closest one even anchored maybe a half mile from us. They did leave at dawn the next morning (taking advantage of the light north winds that prevail in the early morning so they can head east without headwinds). Still, we figured another group of sailboats would soon arrive, so we headed over to Salinas for the solitude and isolation shown below:
Before we did, we had a wonderful kayak tour of the mangroves and a long walk on the shallow parts of the reef. It is quite an experience to poke into the peace of these narrow creeks with crabs climbing on the mangrove roots and birds calling overhead and then a few minutes later to walk on the flat reef with waves breaking 50ft further out.
Even though the reef was shallow and didn’t have many large things growing on it, there were some cool things here and there. Like this:
We always love finding white sea urchins/sea eggs. Here’s one we saw while kayaking over a shoal in Bahia de Jobos. Note Hurrah in the background.
And the sea egg in its natural habitat.
We also finally saw a pair of manatees in Jobos and have again seen a few in Salinas harbor. Very cool.