Today’s special highlight will be holding a nurse shark and trying to say “cheese” underwater!
But first, our morning held a thrill of it’s own…a gastronomic one! It’s a calm morning with sun and a light breeze (only later we were told that it rained during the night – we never did SEE a drop during our whole trip). We have been enjoying breakfasts at Banana Beach, but this morning we’re determined to find out what all the fuss is about Estelle’s.
Walking the beach to town in the morning is a real pleasure (if you give your feet a break in between walks by renting golf carts). We always find amazing things to take pictures of along the route. Maybe it’s an egret looking for his own breakfast….
Or maybe just a “picture perfect” place to rest on this amazingly uncrowded beach…
Estelle’s is uncrowded too…and we get there to find an open table with the best view anyone could imagine for morning dining. So glad we made the trek to town for breakfast here. The seafood omelette is shear heaven and after one bite of MY fry jacks…alan is sorry he settled for toast with his bacon & cheese omelette. This tasty morsel of fried dough is a MUST EAT for everyone going to AC.
After a bit of shopping for t-shirts, gifts and a few groceries, we take a taxi back to Banana Beach and just do some lounging and reading out front by the water. We check with Monkey Business to see if we can book a snorkel trip back to Mexico Rocks, only to find out that NO ONE is going there this afternoon. I’m a little disappointed because we really wanted to see the sights there again on a sunny & warmer day. But, we decide that we’ll settle for another trip to Shark Ray Alley with a second stop at Coral Gardens. Alfonse is taking one other couple, so it’s just four for this tour.
Around 2 p.m., Alfonse & Giovani pick us all up and this really turns out to be a huge thrill. Alfonse is everything we’ve heard about him. He has an amazing knowledge about the reefs and their inhabitants…and he’s a true entertainer in the water to boot! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves….
And finally…the picture of me that I’m most proud of…and still a little amazed at…(after not being sure just weeks ago that I would even get into water filled with sharks)…Alfonse scoops up a “smallish” shark from the bottom and convinces me to hold it like a football under my arm…
We are still talking about this experience as we head to Coral Gardens for another snorkel…finding a lovely assortment of coral and fish here to marvel at.
Finally, it’s back to the hotel. Too tired to go out for dinner, we decide to order our meal from the Stained Glass Pub. They deliver (by taxi) a fabulous fish & chips dinner for me…and that great chicken fingers basket and key lime pie for Alan.
It’s the perfect relaxing end to an exciting day. Tomorrow is our last full day here and it will be filled with a bunch of “lasts”…pictures, meals, goodbyes, shopping and lounging…
To be continued…