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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:46 pm 
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Anyway, it was a cloudy day and Playa Blanca is spread over 6 miles of coastline, Mrs Db and I had cover from the marina to the lighthouse approximately 4.5 miles in the previous walk. Today Mrs Db and I decided to walk to Papagaya Beach and time the walk back to the Marina, thus completing the coastal path and pointing out hotels and other points of interest on the route back. Hopefully it will help people judge for themselves if they are picking the right areas of Playa Blanca which suits them

First of all there are several beaches in Papagaya, this is the furtherist away I can see which is just before horseshoe bay

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another beach in view

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we are not going to start from them, as the object is to show how far the nearest beach is away from the hotels and the marina

So the first beach from the hotel complexes is this one

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but before we start and overview of the terrain of the area, totally unsuitable for the frail or those pushing a pushchair etc

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When we arrived there in December, there was absolutely no facitities on this beach, other than a car park, I was told last time I was here in PB that a stall/shop selling expensive food and drinks existed, maybe perhaps in the summer. I didn't see any toilet facilities either

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The view out to sea

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The view of our route back before we start

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There are various ways of getting back (some going up and down deep ditches) but we chose the most direct route (marked with poles in the ground at the top)

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so following the couple, you can see a choice of two tracks going up those mounds in the distance

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we chose the one on the right (optional, we came down that one)

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Then there is a difficult (or worse bit) where you get up these rough steps, (not too difficult, unless your older than me) :o

but it would be like the navy getting the gun over the wall in the Royal Tournament, with a pram and baby :lol:

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and here at the top, with the pathway marker pole sticking up in the distance in the middle of the picture time of walk 6 minutes

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here we reached that pole and the hotels are in sight 7.5 minute

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just a peek to your right are the mountains

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but we carry on down the path track

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at this point we had walked 10.5 minutes

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Getting near the first of the group of hotels 12.5 minutes

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The hotel Sandos Papagaya Beach resort is the nearest and they have a short cut into the main entrance and car park

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but for the rest of us we have to take the pathway down to the road 13.5 minutes

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at this point I will stop the walk and try to explain that there is a short cut at the back of The Sandos Papagaya Beach resort that some people use as a direct route to the beach

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So as not to spoil timings, on my way to the beach, I went to investigate it, as two years ago, we had a look and my wife said,"No way was she climbing it". However, I thought that things may have been improved and worth another look, this is at the back of the Sandos going up the cliff side

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I looked at it from the top as well :o

It can and is done, many youngsters would say, what's the problem

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but for Mrs Db, it's still a no :o

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Love the way hotel clients have made stone hearts and names on the beach :lol: anyway more about that beach later in the walk

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but for now, we are still here, at 13.5 minutes :lol:

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so heading to the road down below

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then left onto the road, now starting to passed the hotel's massive complex

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Roper's supermarket coming up (now closed and changed to a Hyperdino)

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eventually arriving at a very small restaurant and a shop (which we stopped for exactly an hour for a burger lunch and a beer)

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round the back of the restaurant complex there was a square with about two or three other restaurants that we didnt know existed but I can't see trade being that good unless the food is bad in the AI's but who knows, so we start walking again, this photo setting the time of off at 17 minutes :lol:

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and further along

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until one reaches the The Dream Gran Castillo hotel, which does seems to be the business

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but for me without a car and 20 minutes from the nearest good beach, it was in the wrong place :shock:

heading back to the sea, and on the left, appeared to be an under cover shopping arcade but not sure whether it was open or closed

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further on and to the left you can look down at the back of the Gran Castillo and Papagaya Beach Resort / arena walk now 23 minutes

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and see the beach is stones and grit and at the far end that short cut I showed you earlier that would save you about 5 minutes walk

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so heading on, the pathway goes up a slight incline with the sea on our left

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passing a walkers roundabout, not sure whether to go round it on the right :lol:

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leaving Papagaya in the distance

and working our way up a gradual incline on the pathway still

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and passing what looks to be rented apartments on our right, don't know the name of them yet 31 minutes into the walk

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long way down :lol:

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in the distance is the pirates watch tower

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and more unnamed accommodation on the right

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finally reaching the town's pirate watch tower on the left, the walk so far now 41 minutes

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facing this sign and just behind me, is the Hotel Volcan

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Its roof is done out to look like a volcano
I had a quick look, as it had red lights streaming down from the top to simulate lava and can be seen as far away as the town

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anyway not too much further to go now to reach the marina

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here it has a viewpoint on the left but we head into the marina area

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so down the stairs to promenade, the walk now 44 minutes there is a ramp as well

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just to the right of this picture, is tha back entrance to the Hotel Volcan, which looks over the Marina Rubicon

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some more apartments with unlet shops / premises underneath the start of the Rubimar Apartments

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heading passed them now

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and not far from the Marina Rubicon centre

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an organisation that looks after stray cats called Freddy

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we saw two cat houses on the other walk painted yellow with Freddy's cat house on it, a lady was feeding about 4 cats here one morning

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so just approaching the covered shopping centre, bowling alley walked 50 minutes

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and our apartments looming in the distance

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here we are 52 minutes ]

obviously just a stroll and can be done quicker but will give you an idea

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all the Marina restaurants are to the left of the picture, Dorado Beach 10mins and Harbour restaurants a further 20minutes walk, all covered in the Marina to Lighthouse walk. Also there is a boat that runs from the harbour to Papagaya beach for those that don't like walking :D

Hope you enjoyed the virtual walk with us


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