Author: John W. (---.ips.direcpath.com)
Date: 02-16-10 20:01
Both Flamenco Beach and Zoni Beach have great shade.
At Flamenco as you enter the beach turn left toward the tank and go down about 100 yards. You will see a grove of tall palm trees that provide plenty of shade. You can also get there by walking down the camp ground round and enter beach near the yellow camp sites. There is a great set of trees to which you can tie a hammock. There are other spots along that end of the beach.
If you go the far right on Flamenco toward the shark pen, their is a grove of trees that you can sit under. They also rent beach umbrellas just as you enter the beach.
At Zoni, there are tall palms to the left as you enter the beach. Go down about 1/4 mile and you will see different patches. To the right, about 100 yards down is an area of sea grapes that you can put chairs under. (Cayo Norte is private property so I think you may have meant Zoni.)
Get to both spots before 10:00 am to get the best shade.
There is also shade at Carlos Rosario, a beach that is a 15 minute hike from Flamenco parking lot. There is plenty of shade there and it is private if you get there early in morning.
If you are snorkeling close in at any of the beaches (Melones, Carlos Rosario, Flamenco, Zoni) you should not encounter any strong currents. If you swim too far out at Carlos Rosario you could catch a bad current there.
End of March will be a great time and you should have some privacy before Easter week begins.
Thanks for your service to our country.