Three days on Isla Palenque have quickly come to an end as I get ready to pack up and head back to “civilization.” My days were mostly filled with the typical pre-construction on-site task: walking property. I was deciding the ideal location for a potential model villa and making sure the area where we will have maintenance, laundry, utilities, and employee housing, is flat.
There were a few other highlights that made this stay interesting. Our organic orchard is finally planted and in a few years we hope to be producing an abundance of native fruits for the resort’s restaurants. On a walk to look at some nearby land with our caretaker Menique, I saw turtle tracks coming up the beach which we followed to the spot where she buried her eggs. (We checked to see if they were okay, but not to worry, we reburied them). And on my last day, our caretaker’s wife hosted two friends visiting from the city, who spent an afternoon lounging on the beach with towels, sunhats, and a radio. After months of staring at a completely empty beach, it was nice to see people enjoying Isla Palenque, a taste of what will come in the future.