The tiny village of Las Peñitas (which means “little rocks”) supports itself with fishing and tourism. The stretch of sand, at Playa Roca (a beach and a hotel), definitely fills with local families and couples on weekends, looking to escape the heat of Leon even in the rainy season, with a few foreigners sprinkled in. It’s a comfortable place to spend a few days.
What a pretty beach, with waves crashing against Its rocky outcroppings and the shore’s crescent shape. A stroll around the southern point of the curve takes you to the harbored fishing boats. The main drag boasts a variety of hotels and hostels, with the occasional private home and a couple of other businesses. There’s not a lot to Las Peñitas, but there doesn’t have to be if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
Besides the Playa Roca Hotel, I walked down the beach to see a few of the beachside offerings, with one in particular capturing my imagination. Check out the giant piece of driftwood!
I also walked a bit to visit The Lazy Turtle which had been recommended to me by a fellow traveler. There I found a really laid-back environment and the two own it just chilling – the place was actually closed but they let me in long enough to have a beer, take a few pictures and chat a bit with Valerie, who owns The Lazy Turtle along with Ryan. The two native Canadians came to Las Peñitas five years ago and began living their dream beach-side. They still love it here.
I even went in the water a couple of times, which is unusual for me now with my knee replacement, but the surf was just right. But mostly I upheld my plan to plant myself under the thatched roof of the restaurant/bar and write. It’s been wonderful and I still have this evening! Who knows what trouble I can get into in five hours!