Camaroncito is nestled in the center of a 600-meter-long, totally private, beach cove in the shape of a shrimp (Camaroncito means "little shrimp" in Spanish). In the center of the cove, right in front of our resort, the beach is soft tan sand that extends from the coconut tree line to 20 meters into the water. The sand is the perfect consistency for beach castle building or for a game of beach volleyball!
We nurture purple flowering railroad vines and baby coconut trees at the top of the dry sand area to protect the tree line and minimize dust on windy days. About half of our dry sand area benefits from dappled shade from our mangrove trees and coconut palms, but there is certainly plenty of open hot sun for those who are working on their tan lines. Or beachfront rancho, complete with hammocks and seating, offers full shade for those seeking a cooler spot with the same amazing view!
Depending on the ocean currents at different times of the year, it is either pure sand or there are some seashells scattered along the water's edge. We also see a fair number of sand dollars. After a storm, there is a LOT of driftwood for bonfires. We keep piles of that stacked in several places for use in the non-storm season.
Both edges of our cove are made up of fascinating volcanic rocks that you can climb along with good water shoes. There are many tide pools and ocean critters to investigate. The locals catch both fish and lobster off of the rocks. Guests are welcome to take a try at catching some fresh dinner!
Depending on the season, the dry sand extends 10 to 40 meters from the coconut/mangrove tree line to the water. You can walk out to chin depth from 20 to 40 meters before it drops off. The water can be as still as glass, or with nearly surfing-quality waves. One of our favorite activities is playing in the rough surf with life jackets on! We have several boogie boards for guests to use.
Most of the time, the water is clear and clean in a light jade green color. There is very little human development, and thus very little pollution, on the Caribbean coast of Panama. After a storm, there is wood and other debris in the water, but it clears out within a day or so. We do a daily sweep of our beach to collect the plastic waste that washes up on shore from as far away as Russia, New Zealand and Thailand. Sigh. We never see jellyfish in our waters, but a few times per year a small pink variety of Man o' War wash up on the beach after a storm, clearly blown in from further north. The pelicans seem to think they are tasty, but we stay clear.
In the January to March time frame, as is the case throughout the Caribbean, we sometimes get Sargassum seaweed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... in the water and/or on the beach. It is not as much as you would see in Mexico or the Bahamas, but for a few days, or a few weeks, you will get seaweed in your hair when swimming. The beach may be full of it one day, and it will totally clean the next. It just depends on the currents. Once rinsed off in our local river, it makes excellent fertilizer!