We’re running out of time…3 days to go and so many things still to see. Today, those extra calories we plan to consume won’t be going anywhere for awhile because we’ll be golf carting to our daily dining. Lunch at Caribe Island and Supper at Casa Picasso. Two more stops to check off the list!
It’s a much sunnier and warmer day than yesterday…the wind has died down a bit too. We eat a light breakfast and take a few more pictures around Banana Beach...aptly named since this is what i see over my head in the restaurant patio...
and here's a sample of some of the great pottery throughout the property...
Around 11, we get ready to leave, rent a golf cart and head into town. I have a bag full of toys, books and craft supplies to leave with Capt. Bicho’s wife, Nari, who is a school teacher at the elementary school in town. We don’t have any trouble finding the school and she’s there outside with all the kids, so we take a picture of a few of them. The little girl in pink is her granddaughter, as she proudy tells me and makes introductions. The kids are all so cute.
Next, we are heading south to have lunch at Caribe Island. I was hoping to meet Vickie there but she isn’t due back on AC til next week. Instead, I meet Ada in the office and find that Vickie has generously left two complimentary coupons for drinks in the restaurant for us. How nice of her!
The restaurant is located on the pier – a beautiful setting. I have the fish and chips – mouthwatering snapper in a perfect batter. Alan has a bacon cheese burger and says it’s the best he’s eaten here. Vickie wasn’t exaggerating! We share a large refreshing piece of frozen key lime pie and we’re stuffed!
Writing this, I have one regret. I must have been in such awe of the place that I completely forgot to take any pictures. Still, the place lives in my memory. It is a stunning property with a “secluded” island feel. The spacious beach, the gorgeous pool area, the lush foliage around the buildings, the awesome balconies with great views from all rooms…I could definitely spend time here!
We say our goodbyes to Ada and head back to town. A stop at Coconets to transfer pics from our camera card to a CD (great solution to the fact that we forgot to bring a spare card and there’s way more kodak moments than we imagined).
A quick stop afterwards at Casa Picasso to make reservations for dinner later, and we go back to Banana Beach to take a nap and refresh ourselves. Alan forgoes the leftover pizza from Pauly’s and decides to chance it that he can find something to eat on the menu tonight.
We’re early diners and get there at 6 to find plenty of room. (After a very short time, we’re glad we made reservations since this popular spot fills up quickly). It’s an incredibly classy joint! It truly has the colourful ambience of a mediterranean eatery. The décor begs closer inspection. We get a chance to talk with Chris, the owner, before the place fills up. He’s a wealth of information about the island and a really interesting person too.
As luck would have it, the special tonight is Paella – one of my favourite dishes. It is fabulous! Alan thinks that the lasagna is very good too. Of course, he’s having another slice of key lime pie tonight, which is great. But it can’t beat my choice for dessert – Bananas Picasso. My taste buds are doing flips right now as I remember those warm slices of banana floating in a toffee rum sauce surrounding a mound of melting vanilla ice cream! If you eat here…please save room for that!
Happy and very full, we head back to our suite. I’m already thinking about breakfast at Estelle’s tomorrow…but plan to walk there and go snorkeling later. I must burn off a few calories!
To be continued…