A day at Playa Maguey
Waiting on the hotel veranda at 9:30 a.m, for our snorkelling trip pick-up, carefully choosing a seat out of the sun as it was already very hot. Who’s idea was it to make cast iron patio furniture in a country with scorching sun. That would have been Maximllian. Our acceptance of Mexican time ended 20 minutes later with a phone call that determined the trip was cancelled. The Harbour Master had closed he port because of expected high winds in the afternoon, which didn't happen.
Plan B. Catch a cab to a beach about 10 minutes by taxi from our hotel to Playa Maguey to see what’s there. We arrive at the taxi stand above the beach and are immediately greeted by a fellow who invites us to come down to his restaurant and enjoy a couple of lounge chairs on the beach under and umbrella for the day. Down the stairs to the beach where he set us up with chairs (Fred broke one), an umbrella and coffee. We looked around to find a beautiful white sand beach in a horseshoe shaped bay. The protected end that was good for swimming and snorkelling was lined with restaurants. The other end, with bigger surf had an ecological area behind it. We were in the middle.
Not long after we got settle large groups of Mexican people, kids to grandmas, started filing down the beach to the protected side. This carried on most of the day. It’s a holiday here, apparently every Friday during Lent is and so they were enjoying a day at the beach and soon the warm water was teeming with people.
The water was just right, not too warm but not too cold. We swam, snorkelled, ate, considered various merchandise we were offered, read and napped. Fred was even offered a sit-on-top kayak to take out so he headed out around the corner to check out the deserted beach next door.
Eventually we decided it was time to head out so off we went back up the hill to be greeted by even more Mexicans coming to the beach. The road at the top of the hill was now lined with cars the tour buses that had brought all the people.
Back in town we headed down to the square to see how the celebrations were going. The rides and booths were still being set up. We’re thinking this has to do with the religious activities around Lent as there’s a mix of carnival and religious materials. We’d seen a lot of people, many in traditional dress, carrying flowers, heading up the street past our hotel. Apparently they are making a pilgrimage to a sacred site in the woods up the street.
Oh, and there’s hardly been any wind today. A bit of wind at the moment would be nice. The local West Jet rep, who we booked the boat thru, called our room and offered a full refund on today’s snorkelling no show boat. It’s a large boat and has been rescheduled to Monday which is after we leave so we got our money back. We will see what our last day in Huatulco tomorrow has to offer……..