Playa Ancon: How a relaxing day ended up a bit more tiring

What better to do when the sun is high in the sky and your skin is nice and warm because of the Cuban heath? Beach-time!

After visiting the Valle de los Ingenios, we thought it would just great to go seek some cool-down in the Caribbean sea. We all aren’t very beachy people but every once in a while it can be nice to just relax for a couple of hours. And luckily for us about 12 km from Trinidad there is a peninsula called ‘Ancón’ and on the tip of it you can find the dream worthy Playa Ancón.

Ancón is a beautiful stretch of white beach and where we layed down our towels it was not crowded at all. The atmosphere is very relaxed, making it one of my favorite beaches I’ve ever been to.

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Of course we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t make it a bit more difficult on ourselves. On the coast a bit before the start of the peninsula there is a little place called La Bocca. This fishers village seemed like a great place to stop before heading to the beach, so we asked our taxi driver to drop us off there. We were convinced that we’d have no trouble finding another taxi to take us the rest of the way to Playa Ancon.

We were greeted by a lovely beach and an amazing view on the sea, but the village itself was quite a disappointment. We didn’t really know where to look for something that made this place special so we decided to walk in the direction of the peninsula, hoping to stumble upon something more. But there wasn’t much. Maybe we walked in the wrong direction or maybe there just isn’t anything. We still don’t know.

And something that definitely wasn’t there, was another taxi. But that didn’t lower our moods. We just started walking along the coastline towards the peninsula with the idea that we were at least moving and if a taxi came by we could just hop in. But we had so much fun walking along the beautiful sights of the ocean that when a taxi did pass we just waved it off.

About halfway on our walk, we came at an intersection with a lovely looking bar. We decided it was time for some refreshments and treated ourselves to a tasty cocktail before continuing our way.

The second part of the way was a bit less interesting and we were already starting to think that maybe we should have taken one of the taxis for the last bit but we weren’t going to quit now. We were determined to make it all the way to the beach on foot!

For a moment we thought we were heading in the wrong direction (we did have to choose at the intersection) since the road was curving the opposite way, but suddenly around the corner we were greeted by a lovely beach filled with people. We’d made it! And let me tell you; there is nothing more rewarding than being able to jump into the ocean after a somewhat tiring walk of 10km. We still had over an hour to enjoy the cooling water and to just relax under the palmtree parasols that were available for free. It was more than enough for us and we even agreed that walking here was just a perfect way to spend our afternoon.

By being there a bit later than planned, we were also able to see the beginning of the sunset which was just marvelous. Add a coconut cocktail to the equation and you can be sure I had the time of my life there.

While there wasn’t a lot planned about that afternoon, we ended up having the best time just walking along the coastline and enjoying the amazing views of the ocean. I guess every once in a while it’s nice to just wing it and see what opportunities come your way. (Which for me, as a control-freak planner, is a lot to admit!)

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

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