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Bird Beach

The mangrove swamp that grows all round this beach is great for bird-spotting, but it does make the water rather murky, and less than a perfect spot for snorkeling. It's a broad expanse of beach though, boasting scattered palm trees, and on some days, few crowds.

There's a bar and restrooms, and a decent waterfront restaurant. You can sometimes charter a boat from the owner, the eccentrically charming Captain Goodlife, to take you out to the Blue Room cave—or even to some of the other beaches that are better for diving.

Utrip Tips

*This is a great spot to hitch a ride to the Blue Room Cave, just talk to Capt. Goodlife.

*If you're looking for something a bit more secluded—albeit a bit more rocky—head to Boka Santu Pretu. Just take the path behind Captain Goodlife's "Let's Go! Watersports" stand for about 10 or 15 minutes (and watch out for cactuses) and you'll be there. There's also a ton of good diving here (like Black Rock and the Mushroom Forest).

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