Something I've learned through traveling is that time is short. If you don't make decisions in the moment, you'll miss out on the opportunity to see and do something memorable. It's so easy to loaf around and relax with that beautiful ocean view, and for many vacationers, that's the entire point. I completely understand this, but I'm a restless traveller. The kind that finishes one adventure and is thinking immediately about the next chance to do just one more interesting thing before I have to make the long haul back home. The kids love playing in the sand and surf, but I know it's these extra adventures that they'll really remember and learn from.
Around 3 pm one day, after Eve woke up from a much needed nap, I suggested that we take a cab to Sousua. About $15 took us to this busy town, much larger than Cabarete. Where Cabarete's commerce lies along the main costal road exclusively, Sousua is packed with shops of all sorts along many streets. It's kind of intimidating for a new visitor, as this isn't really what you'd consider a resort town. Todd and I wandered up and down the streets during our last visit, but with two kids in tow we decided it would be much more enjoyable to go directly to the beach. Sousua beach isn't nearly as large as Cabarete Beach, but it's sand is softer and the water is more clear and calm. In fact, the water is so clear that it's ideal for snorkling and viewing the ocean floor in a glass bottom boat. For $40 US we spent 45 minutes on a little rustic fishing boat with a glass bottom, peering at sea urchins, coral, crabs, dancing plant life and lots of colourful fish. The young boat driver dove under the boat with food for the fish so we would get a good show. We sailed out to the cliffs and looked up from the ocean side at the terrace where we were married 12 years ago. The further away from shore you sail, the smaller you feel. The great blue and bleaching sun were quite a change from all the white and grey of home this winter.
We returned to shore when Luke started to feel a bit sea sick. There we rented two beach lounges under the shade of a beautiful tree, had a couple pina colada's and a coke and played in the calm waters and soft sand. Todd stepped on what we think was an urchin and had to pull out a few painful little spines. He was very tough about it, I would have been crying. If we had the energy we would have probably walked the boardwalk behind the trees to browse the rows of souvenir shacks and bars but SOME KID had sand in his shorts that he just couldn't get out. haha. For 10 pesos you get access to the beach shower and washroom, and handed a measure of toilet paper. It's not fancy, but at least you can wash the sand off with some cold water (brrrrrr) before moving on. We left as the sun was starting to set and returned to Cabarete for the evening. I'm glad we took a trip to Sousua that afternoon.