Bayside, New York
November 6, 2005
A row of restaurants sits right on the beach, and you need not really move from your table at the restaurant, as they make it easy for you to spend a few hours there. If you go swimming, there are lounges right on the sand facing water for drying off. Bring your own towels, and you’ll make use of the rest rooms for changing and what not.
Not many tourists here when we arrived, but mostly Mexican families on vacation. We found a wonderful table facing the water, and well shaded, as the temperatures continued to be brutal. The bay is really gorgeous from this vantage point, and very clean. I found it a little annoying that I could not find a spot to stand in the water if I wished to without encountering rocky formations, so watch those toes!
We settled for the Acuario Restaurant as there was an empty parking spot just waiting for us to arrive. The ground is burning hot; so do wear something on your feet. The smell of grilled fish will make you crazy. (good crazy). Don’t think for a second that you are safe from the vendors out here; they seem to materialize out of thin air and are relentless; there was one particular guy, called Carlos, who was very amusing. Aside from the fact that I was ogling the jewelry, he entertained us with his soap operatic life and his woes with women and the law. Chuck bargained him to the bone for two wonderful silver pieces, which I have: a choker and a bracelet with matching stones. Don’t worry really whether the silver is the right weight or not; at these prices, if you like the piece, just get it.
If you’re looking for water sports, this is your baby: alongside the restaurants are all sorts of stores, some of which will rent you equipment to dive, snorkel, take a boat ride, and in some areas, surf and whale watch. You can also go horseback riding, though I didn’t see any horses around.
My seafood salad was divine, along with my limeade, and Chuck had fish and fries with “cerveza”. The nachos were a bit on the stale side, so I saved my calories for the main dish that was topped with sliced avocado.
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