Monday, August 6, 2012

Puerto Aventuras

A short drive south from Playa del Carmen, you will find a little area called Puerto Aventuras where the beaches are pristine, the water is crystal clear, and is the most perfect location for snorkeling, paddle boarding, or relaxing with a good book.  At Puerto Aventuras you can choose from several different restaurants, enjoy a small market of fresh and local fruits and veggies, and also do a little souvenir shopping.  The most exciting part: they also have manatees, sea lions, dolphins, and massive manta rays, AND you can swim with them all!

One day last week, my Spanish teacher and I took the short 20 minute trip down to Puerto Aventuras for a day of classes away from the classroom

The water is shallow and crystal clear.   Perfect for snorkeling around the small patches of reefs.

I took this with my iPhone and edited this with Instagram.  I could live here forever.

 A perfect place to get away from the party atmosphere of PdC.

 The sea lions.  They swam and played tag like best friends.

And kissed a little like lovers.

This photo does not do this justice.  The manta ray was enormous!  5-6 feet wide!


A family playing with and feeding the manatees.  

My Spanish teacher wants to be reincarnated as a manatee.  She says she will be lazy, ugly, and eat and swim all day long.  I guess there could be worse things....

It is said that sailors coming across the pond from Europe thought manatees were mermaids.  It shows you the desperation of the sailors during a 5 month stretch without women.  To me they look less like mermaids and more like a hippopotamus!!

Here he is eating soggy lettuce... YUM!

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