Cayo Largo and Cayo Rico


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6am I woke up by myself, having slept almost twelve hours. I got the sunrise all to myself since most of the others did not wake up before breakfast an hour later.

The plan of the day was to start off with a bit of snorkeling around a shipwreck just a few minutes away from where we had been anchoring. Just like yesterday we saw quite a lot of fish and a few turtles and stingrays, but the best thing about Cayo Rico was the sandy bottom making the sea turquoise blue.

We then had to sail quite a bit to get to Cayo Rico Beach, a place where huatis and iguanas where walking around hoping to get some fruit from the tourists sipping pina coladas at the beach bar. Most of the group went ashore with the dinghy boat, while the captain took the rest for some wake boarding as the waters were calm as a millpond. Afterwards I swam the 6-700 meters to the shore to also get to experience the island. We also sailed over to the neighbor island to relax at the natural pools, formed by moving sand banks.

The rest of the evening was spent consuming big amounts of rum and cigars aboard the sailboat before heading ashore to an outdoor party happening every Wednesday as the shift workers from the resorts celebrate that they get to go home after their week shifts. The party was good fun, and for most of the group it was good to have a day to stay up late and sleep in late in the morning. For me I had to get up as early as always as I would spend the free day in Cayo Largo going diving and visit a turtle hatchery.

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