Tuesday was hot. And windy. Very windy! So windy that I think it tricked most people into thinking that it was not as hot as it was – evidenced by the number of people sporting vicious sunburns today! As it was extremely hot and sunny, Leah also managed a bit of a burn; and although it looks severe, it’s actually pretty mild…
Late in the afternoon, we headed into the town of Samana on the free shuttle that the resort offers. It runs at 4pm and gets you into town in about 15 minutes. The town is pretty much shut down at this time, however it is still bustling with people returning from work, school, etc… During the day you can go into town by taxi ($11 USD) or for the more daring you can hop on the back of a little motorcycle and have a local take you to town for $1 USD. A nice price, but definitely not for everyone!
We wandered the town for a couple of hours – more than enought time to get a sense of it – and enjoyed some local fare; sugar cane right from the harvest! For $1 we got a 2 foot long section – I know I paid more than market value, but it was worth it. Sugarcane is chewed on a couple of times, and then spit out. Although it was refreshing at first, after about 10 minutes of chewing on it my jaw was getting sore, and the allure of trying something local had worn off.
We spent the balance of our time in town watching some locals play baseball on a makeshift field. They really enjoy the game, and displayed an amazing amount of talent despite the less than stellar playing conditions.
OK… We’re spending the morning on Wednesday (Day 4)Â hiding from the sun before heading over to Cayo Levantado (a sister resort on an island in Samana bay) for some water sports (windsurfing, snorkling, volleyball, etc…)