After a very rainy start to our first day on Boracay Island, we wanted nothing more than to shower and take a nap. Thankfully, our hotel owner was very accommodating when we arrived at Mecasa that morning. To ensure that we were comfortable and happy, he gave us a room even though we had shown up 7 hours before check-in time. By 3pm that same day, we had moved to our reserved hotel room. We felt rested, refreshed and ready to venture out. It had been 4 years since the first time we stepped foot onto White Beach, and admittedly, the rain changed our first view of the beach this year, but it was still beautiful!
The clouds almost completely covered the sky, but they were puffy and so much more amazing that the pictures could possibly portray. We still can’t figure out what it is about the sunsets on Boracay Island, but they are breathtaking! This is one of the highlights of any day here – sitting on the beach, watching the sun go down, and sipping on a cocktail or San Miguel. At first we though that the ocean was no longer as crystal blue as it was years ago, but we later learned that the cloud cover drastically affects the colour of the water.
Even though we got to the beach quite late, we were fortunate enough to catch the last few minutes of the sunset. The sun was barely visible, but the colours were incredible. And despite our rainy start, the rainclouds seemed to accentuate the majestic view in front of us. All the waiting, the delays, the travels… They were all worth it to be back here! We had made it back to Boracay!!
Behind us, the island started to come alive as the restaurants and bars set up for the evening. Although various bars play music along the beach strip during the day, as soon as the lights and live music begin around sunset, there is an amazing atmosphere here on any night of the week. Walking up and down White Beach is completely different in the day and in the night. Both are amazing and hold equal appeal. With Elijah strapped to Justin in his baby carrier, we made our way back to a Mexican restaurant we had eaten at back in 2010, Mañana.
|Mañana, September 2010|
As far as we could tell, the menu was the same so we knew the food was probably just as good, if not better, than it was last time we had visited. In 2010 we sat at a table outside, with our toes in the sand, but after all the rain, it was still a bit windy so we chose to sit inside the restaurant. As you can see in the pictures above, even sitting inside a restaurant on White beach still guarantees a beautiful view!
|Daddy and his boy|
For dinner, we ordered a beef taco salad (295 pesos) in a crispy shell bowl and a huge portion of beef enchiladas (360 pesos). The fruit smoothies, especially the MANGO, are amazing! Thick, sweet and oh so delicious! Not to mention that they come in a glass the size of Elijah’s head!! Our first meal really hit the spot, and we were happy with our choice. This was just what we needed to get our holiday started. If memory serves me correctly, this might have been the first place where Justin and I ever ate Mexican food together. Sure, being from Texas, he’s eaten it tons of times in his life, but the same is not true for me, so I’ll always remember this restaurant!
I wasn’t lying… my drink was literally the size of Eli’s head!