We have 4 rooms booked at Villas El Encanto. We have one. Simone has one, Bronwyn & Brett have one and Brett's parents have the fourth. The hotel is a small private one with two villas each with 4 rooms. Each villa has a shared kitchen. We are in one villa, the rest of our group are in the other. This is by choice as we snaffled the best room at the hotel and have our own private swimming pool.
We started the day in their communal kitchen. One of the hotel workers kindly dropped by and gave us a run through of the map of the island and what there is to see and do. We planned most of our trip in one session. Today was to check out the downtown area. We set off walking with Simone late morning and headed into town. It is about 1.5 km to the centre. Along the way we paused for photos with the Christmas decorations near the civic centre.
As usual there were multiple cruise ships in town. Four of them today. Simone was tying to hire a bicycle but when the shop owner asked her to get on the back of his scooter to take her to the bike she wisely baulked and gave it a miss. We stopped for lunch and sat at a kerbside table to watch the world go by. I snapped a pic of a sign on the wall.
After lunch we walked back stopping to do some shopping. We were all hot by the time we returned. So we cooled off in the pools and drank some chilled wine. Nearing dinner time Bronwyn & Brett headed off to arrange some jeeps for us tomorrow to tour the island. The road that circumnavigates the island is only 80km long. The rest of us gave them a head start and then caught a cab. With the benefit of Wi-fi we were able to let Bronwyn know the small backstreet authentic Mexican restaurant we found. We linked up and had a great meal. We caught a cab back and called it a night. It was not a busy day but a good relaxing day. It was hot and humid with the occasional shower but we are acclimatising.