Many coastal towns have a beach, Makarska Croatia has many beaches. They have beaches with pebbles, boulders, roped off beaches, beaches with no containments, beaches filled with bikinis and man-thongs and beaches filled with people that have no tan lines anywhere. On my way back from the Old Town area for my morning coffee I took a new route out around the point, up the hill to old St. Peter’s church and backdown the other side. On the way down I discovered a most gorgeous patch of water. I don’t know if you can call it a beach because to get to the water you have to carefully crawl over large, sharp edged boulders and the drop off is abrupt but the water is crystal clear and it even has interesting schools of fish hugging the shoreline to swim with. It’s in a secluded area where there are no ropes or tan lines and is a significant walk from my room but well worth the effort.
After seeing it I started to quicken my pace for home to get my swim suit, then I stopped. “Wait, suits are optional. Why am I racing home for a suit?” Then it dawns on me, “What was I thinking? I can’t swim without my ear plugs and goggles.” So I picked up the pace again. I returned to that spot with my ear plugs, goggles and swim suit for a few hours each day until it was time to leave Makarska.
One interesting thing about the sea water here is that the salinity level seems higher than on the east or west coast beaches of the US. I say this because the few sips I’ve taken by accident tasted much saltier and I seem to be much more buoyant. Of course there could be other reasons for me being more buoyant but I feel better blaming it high salinity.