On our Jamaican honeymoon a few years ago, we spent most of our time lounging in the sand and loved every second of it. We are, without a doubt, beach people — as I’ve said before, if we don’t move back to my native Kentucky after Andy leaves the Army, you will find us on a beach. I was looking forward to doing the same in the Dominican, as we haven’t visited the beach since our honeymoon. Sadly, we spent just a few hours at the beach with no desire to go back; I’ll explain in greater detail below.
The Caribbean has a problem with a specific type of seaweed, called sargassum seaweed. Unlike other species, this particular type has air bladders inside that allow it to float on top of the water in large masses. And y’all, this seaweed stinks. Like, a rotting garbage smell that made me nauseated. Unfortunately, it has had a negative impact on tourism in the country and all across the Caribbean.
We decided to spend just a few hours over lunchtime at Juanillo Beach; after all, we did travel thousands of miles to go to the beach! Thankfully, we got used to the smell after a bit. While I was reading book after book on my Kindle, Andy was swimming in the mass of seaweed. I swam for just a tiny bit at his insistence, but couldn’t get past the sliminess. Andy has always had an interest in aquatic environmental science and had his scuba certification, so the seaweed didn’t bother him; in fact, it gave him an idea for using the sargassum to make renewable energy.
Since we were at the beach over the lunchtime, we ordered lunch from a beachside restaurant called Little John’s. The food was delicious; I ordered pizza while Andy ordered Bocha Chica fish. I’m an extremely picky eater, but I managed to try a bite of the fish! Of course, I was glad I didn’t order it because it was looking at me 😉
An unexpected silver lining of the smelly seaweed meant that very few people were at the beach; we had the beach mostly to ourselves. We used that opportunity to take some couple photos together with my travel tripod. It was amusing experimenting with photography; don’t tell Andy I said this, but his photography skills have significantly improved and I think he’s enjoying it more too 😉
Even though our trip to Juanillo Beach wasn’t what we had hoped, we had a wonderful time. The seaweed may have been smelly, but that wasn’t what really mattered. We were able to spend much-needed quality time together, away from the hustle and bustle of our jobs and everyday lives back in the States. It was so worth it, stinky seaweed and all 🙂