I had never heard of a red tide. But one day recently on the catamaran, we went to our normal snorkeling location just north of Tamarindo and had to return to the Bay because the water was red. Literally. At first I didn’t see it when the Captain pointed it out, but once we anchored there was definitely a noticeable difference in the water color.
Supposedly, red tides happen because of an algae overgrowth but while that doesn’t sound so bad, it can actually make you sick if you go in the water. A friend told me that they had a red tide a year ago in the Tamarindo Bay and no one could go in the water from the beach for an entire week.
Fortunately that day, we found a spot close to the Bay that was clear and the guests on the boat were able to enjoy our warm tropical water, swimming with the fish and kayaking to the shore where they found their own private beach for the afternoon.
And then, a few days later, I saw a post on Facebook that said a lot of sharks had been seen in the water around the Bay. Although some people commented that it was most likely the manta rays that had inundated the local shore.
Ah well, así es la vida (such is life)…if it’s not one thing, it’s another!