Time Flies on Sunny Days in the Caribbean Sea

It’s been a while since I’ve updated here, crazy how habits work and how easy they are to start and break should one be so inclined, yes? Enough of that though, we have lots to discuss but really nothing at all as living on this island is a ground hog day of sorts. Also, people say “how can you live on an island so small, don’t you go crazy?” The reality is, I don’t even live on the entire island and my whole life takes place along the “main drag” which is about 400 meters, seriously.

The center of town aka south-west is the core of the island. You can also get everything and anything you need with a great sea view with Big Corn Island in the back. To say 90% of my time on the island is spent in this region would be an understatement. I will note that if you’re part of the “early morning crowd”, you gotta get yourself to Casa Iguana for their coffee. It’s the best coffee I’ve tasted on the island and it’s all you can drink for $1. Let’s not forget it has one of the most majestic views you can find on the island (or anywhere?) and a fine place to watch the sunrise while filling your body with caffeine and your mind with dreams.

I’ve been up to lots but very little. I’ve been procuring lobster whenever it’s available and hording it. In a week from now the lobster season is over so you can’t just freely buy it anymore. I’m up to 10lbs in the freezer and frankly, buying hand over fist whenever it comes my way. Surprisingly, haven’t been eating much lobster but going nuts on fish and shrimp. In the last few days I’ve eaten several times for most, barracuda, cobia, king fish, trigger fish, snapper, yellow-tail and some odd looking creature whose name I do not know and whose taste I did not care for.

I’ve done the reef snorkeling and saw several nurse sharks. Talk about an underwhelming creature, yes? They just sat there like massive algae eaters in an aquarium at the back of a classroom. That said, considering you’re swimming 5-10 feet above them it’s probably not such a bad thing that they appear to be very docile and highly sedated. Let’s say I’d always rather be in a boat trying to catch fish over being in the water trying to see them.

I typically eat at home for 90%+ of my meals. There is always someone cooking something that I get in on or I just whip out a lobster tail. That said, I had the fish tacos at Tranquilo Café the other day and the experience could only be described as sheer joy, not one bite I did not like. I’d been here a year and heard all sorts of good things about them but never bothered and wow, I was missing out. It was one of the tastiest plates of food I’ve had anywhere; it honestly blew my freaking mind.

I’d go on but it’s approaching 6AM and it is high time to move onto the coffee with a view segment of the morning. I will note that if you came here on the weekend you’d of noticed the site was down. Not down just empty. I had a database error and for a few hours looked like I had lost my site since the last backup in January. Luckily my host fixed it. I’ll note that I didn’t even stress or care and I believe being on the island plays a major role. Had I been in a busy urban area I’d have probably had a mental meltdown and called my mom.

Tips hat,

 

21 Comments

  1. Ben

    February 11, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Wow, I’ve lived a month on small Corn and I miss the place so much! I enjoyed reading your article!
    It’s true tranquilo makes incredible food and all the sort of fish you can find and cook for yourself is also really cool! Go say Hi to Lucilla and Randy at Three Brothers hostel, they were so kind to me when I was there!
    Amor, paz y vida!
    Benito

    • Rob

      February 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Indeed and glad you can relate, this place is pretty special!

      I will tell Randy and Lucila and I’m sure they’ll be thrilled, great people they are.

      Safe travels and good to hear from you, good sir.

      Update: They said hello and hope you are well!

  2. Larissa

    February 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I almost called your mom, seriously.

    Thanks for the killer view and funny how I recognize that one from the last time you were there. Can we see more photos of this “town” and “main drag” though? I’m starting to believe it doesn’t exist.

    • Rob

      February 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

      I’ll get on it soon and it’s just like a paved sidewalk along the coast with some random shops and services being offered along the way. Not much but near everything you can find on the island can be found there.

      • Larissa

        February 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

        Get it, girl. This is crucial information for anyone considering setting up their office there for a couple months out of the year… whether there is much to find or not!

  3. SJH

    February 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Rob, I think you should take pictures all up and down “main street” and then get them submitted to Google Earth! I can’t wait to see the pics and re-live the walk from the pier past Tranquilo’s (home of the most awesome New Year’s Eve celebration, no?), the place that passes for a clinic, and up to the turn headed across island to Iguana and the awesome views.

    Damn, I miss that place…

    Keep up the good work, and get out of the water and back in the fishing boat for crying out loud!

    • Rob

      February 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      That was a really good news years party to ring in 2012, really good.

      I’m going to cover the main drag soon and a sick view anyway you look from Iguana.

      • SJH

        February 13, 2013 at 5:38 am

        I am so bummed that no one (at least that I could locate online) filmed any of the crazy fireworks on New Year’s. Hard to describe to folks the anticipation of not knowing exactly where the fireworks may fly, as they were launched from the sand. As they flew randomly about, it was something to witness from behind the relative safety of a panga pulled up on the beach! Still funny that’s the first place we crossed paths and the next random encounter was on that plane to Alaska. Keep up the good work, but don’t let it get in the way of lobster procurement or fishing.

        • Rob

          February 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

          Indeed, good sir! Also, I watched the fireworks from the ocean as this Spanish girl had talked me into going for a swim with her. We were like 30-40 feet from where they were going off. Had I not had so many beverages I probably would have been worried about my safety, luckily I was not and nothing happened. 😉

          Good times!

  4. Kristin of Be My Travel Muse

    February 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Mmmk I’d FREAK OUT if my site were down. Good for you for not caring. Must be the island time.

    • Rob

      February 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Definitely island time.

  5. Fran

    February 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Amazing photos. It looks like paradise with the turquoise blue water. I’m with the others … We need to experience “The main drag.” Some nefarious hackers got into my site last week and my host was not responsive, but a friend fixed me up this morning. I’d decided last night to move on amd rebrand no matter so a new and improved site will be coming soon. But it made me crazy to see the mess they’d created and getting no help from my host did not help and was way out of character for the,.

    Keep stocking up on lobster amd yes, aren’t fish tacos awesome?

    • Rob

      February 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      It kinda is paradise and longer I stay the more I see it. Curious to see what the Bay Islands are all about.

      That’s too bad about your site and good luck with the rebranding!

  6. Mat Trevors

    February 12, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I’d like to see pics of the main drag as well! Good luck on the lobster stockpiling.

    Beware of ciguatera in the big ‘cudas & other large reef fish; not sure if it’s prevalent ’round those parts but it doesn’t sound fun at all…

    • Rob

      February 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks for the heads up.

      I asked a local guide today and was familiar with it but it’s not a problem here and barracuda / king fish have been a real staple here forever.

      Let’s hope so as I just eat some more for dinner, the stuff is delicious!

  7. Brandon Elijah Scott

    February 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Great blog! Love the Caribbean’s look.

    • Rob

      February 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks

  8. Jam @icoSnap

    February 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Looks so warm and peaceful! It’s making me jealous, its so cold here in Germany. Can’t wait for the summer. Beautiful photos by the way.

    • Rob

      February 15, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Thanks and sounds like time to take a trip down south! ;]

  9. Cam @ Traveling Canucks

    February 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    The Caribbean sure does have a way of stealing time… we just lost two weeks on the Mexican coast… don’t know where it went?!

    • Rob

      February 15, 2013 at 6:12 am

      It went towards something good, sure of that. Haven’t been yet but have heard great things.

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