With a few of the El Tunco crew moving on to EL Zonte back up the coast, with better waves to be had we too packed up camp and along with Aussie Ben ended up at the far superior El Horizonte camp and hostel. We were so happy we made the move, and some new friends in Brendan and Bridgette, an Aussie/South African husband wife team travelling in a mint VW Transporter named ‘Pepe’. You can check out there blog here if you’re sick of reading ours.
That night we all settled in on the elevated beachside balcony (complete with rooftop pool overlooking the surf) for an impromptu BBQ (with our first ever wedding present thanks to another top couple we’ve met on this trip Sean and Myriah from Buffalo USA!). Once again, as with most other times, meeting new crew entails beers, rum and fun in these parts of the world.
Glad the flowing manana for the other pool they have at El Horizonte, we let the huge resident orange and black striped iguana and screeching pair of bright red, yellow and blue Macaw parrots distract us from any inclination of a hangover. Waves here at this time of the year (January) are small, though they seemed to be a load cleaner in El Zonte, and we all enjoyed some clean little three footers with the local kids.
Well, most of us…Sarah and a couple of the other girlfriends watched the boys from the rooftop pool until the other girls were asked to leave as they weren’t staying here. Shame, as there was absolutely nobody else using it!
El Zonte doesn’t have much else to offer the ‘normal’ traveller, unless you like surf, a kicked back, lay about attitude, a handful of cheap eateries and way over inflated second hand surf shops selling used surfboards and flippers for US$300 and US$70 respectively(?!) Though don’t let this discourage you from checking it out as it could be worse, La Libertad say.
Every person, both friends and strangers alike, have raved about El Zonte and with its relaxed attitude and vibrant sunsets you to would be crazy, no, stupidly crazy, to miss it. Just try to avoid the two gangsta geese as they do attack and if you’re not careful they’ll pop a cap in yo’ arse.
Spending a few more days than planned lazing around the pool, punctuated with various surf sessions around the area, the place left us recharged and ready for the next destination, El Cuco and the famed Punta Mango.