Valentine’s Day Bay

You might be looking at the beautiful beach pictured on my homepage and thinking “Well that place looks, awesome! Where is it and how do I get there?” Well let me tell you!

Our journey starts in Puerto Barrios on Valentine’s Day 2013. As you travel north through the town, you eventually run into the shore line. It’s riddled with boats and people selling fresh seafood (which I highly recommend buying since they most likely caught it a few hours earlier). You could try to drive to Sand Bay, but it is going to take you about an hour. This method takes about 10-15 minutes.

There is a little restaurant/bar and dock by the north end of the shoreline. It’s about 5 blocks west of the municipal dock and very easy to find. It will be the only building with large wooden doors! However, don’t try to get a boat ride on a Monday. The boating services are closed on Mondays, but you can still enjoy a drink at the bar. 🙂

Come here if you would like to go to Livingston or Belize.

Come here if you would like to go to Livingston or Belize.

The people at the restaurant/bar like to have a full boat-load of people before voyaging across the bay, so cost usually runs anywhere from Q20 ($2.50) to Q40 ($5) round trip, depending on how many people you have. Once everything is in order, you are loaded onto a banana boat like this:

Everybody jump in for your seaward adventure!

Everybody jump in for your seaward adventure!

The water in the bay can be a little choppy, so be mindful if you are prone to seasickness. Otherwise, just enjoy the view!

Hello fellow boating party! You are going the wrong way!

Hello fellow boating party! You are going the wrong way!

After about 10 minutes, you can see the shoreline and the dock.

After about 10 minutes, you can see the shoreline and the dock.

Please keep your hands inside the vessel until we have come to a complete stop. Or you can jump out, we don't mind. Just know how to swim

Please keep your hands inside the vessel until we have come to a complete stop. Or you can jump out, we don’t mind. Just know how to swim

You have now arrived at Sand Bay! There are drinks, food, outdoor showers to rinse your feet, beach chairs, and lots of beautiful scenery. If you are a fan of scotch, Johnny Walker Black is about 3 per glass (on the rocks or up). We decided drinking scotch and enjoying the beach was the best way to spend our Valentine’s Day 🙂

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