Sometimes it is not the things that you decide to do, or go see, or pay extra money for that give you the most enjoyment. From San Vicente you can take the bus for .50, a taxi for $2 or the water taxi (panga) for .35 or .50 if fewer people. The panga is by far my favorite mode of transport to Bahia and return. You can share a ride with the Ecuadorians as the school kids head to school, people bringing their chickens or a bike full of crabs or heading to work or shopping and even a 50″ TV. I paid for eight people one way and three on the way back (found a nickel to go with the buck to come up with the $1.05) and got some smiles. What do you get for a buck or two back home that makes you feel good?
I was heading down the beach for Canoa around 7pm from the Sundown, it gets dark around 6:30 pm. The tide is up so only a narrow strip of beach to walk. On my left the waves and surf were breaking and on my right lights from the occasional beach house or restaurant. Saw the sign and some activity at the Coconut Hotel, Bar & Restaurant so rather then walk another kilometre into Canoa I checked it out. Started out with a beer, then two and was told I was staying for dinner which turned out to be a great shrimp and pasta dish with garlic bread and a couple glasses of wine. To top it off, the owners, staff and guests ate our dinner to the music of Patsy Cline and good conversation between the international mixture of folks from Austria, Columbia, Ecuador, Canada and the US. An excellent evening out!