© 2003, 2004, 2005
10 for the Road
Just back from
to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has
dispensed advice and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer,
the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports
Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.
from . . .
All photos ©Donald D. Groff except as
Casares is a tiny fishing village
on the Pacific coast about two hours southwest of Managua. Each morning
when the fishermen return, the beach becomes a frenzy of activity as
coolers are emptied of fish, catches are appraised and carried to nearby
market stalls, motors are removed from
|During this trip in
early 2003, a drama unfolded in Nicaragua and Costa Rica involving
a 9-year-old whose rape resulted in a pregnancy. The story is
recounted in the 2005 documentary Rosita.
the boats, and the boats are hauled
ashore using an ancient tool: log rollers. With the
sound of surf as background music, the beach is simultaneously workplace,
playground and social gathering spot, filled with frolicking children,
soccer players, and a meandering pig or two.
A typical morning in Casares -- fishing, frolic and a
A teen flips into the water as surf spills
over a public pool north of Casares.
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