After the Habitat for Humanity build in April, I did what any good Canadian might do. I went to the beach. Every beach has its nuances and features. You walk into the ocean barefoot and vulnerable, not sure what you’re going to feel. Will it be rocky, does it dip suddenly? How far can you go out?
Some people I know are not Beach People. They get bored sitting still and not doing anything. They always seem to bring a thick crappy book that can’t keep their attention. Maybe they prefer air conditioning, or they feel dirty walking through the sand; or maybe they are unsure of what is in the water or they can’t swim. I understand. I come from a family of Non-Beach People. I am the Beach Sheep of the family (but I’ll save that story for another post).
Here is a beach in El Salvador for all of you Beach People who are soothed by the sound of waves and find yourselves breathing deeper at the seaside. This is a beach where you can play in the waves, stop to watch snails making a trail, or watch crabs digging holes.
La Tortuga Verde – Playa Esteron
The dream beach called Playa Esteron is about 2.5 hours from San Salvador near the Honduran and Nicaraguan border. Think of a long stretch of beach with hardly anyone on it where the sand is packed hard enough to run on. You can walk really far out into the water and let the waves jostle you around with some security. I stayed at a place called La Tortuga Verde (the Green Turtle). It was built by a man named Tom Pollack who created the resort to benefit the local economy. His dream was to create jobs, as well as to help the local wildlife with his Hatch and Release Turtle project and Pelican Rescue.