When we arrived at Matapalo Rock, I thought about renaming the famous landmark – at least for this one day – either Whirlpool or Maytag: it was like the spindle of a washing machine, and the water was on the agitate cycle.
The Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce event began on a sunny Saturday morning with the 1.5- and 5-kilometer races. On Sunday, swimmers will return to the water to cross the gulf in a 14-kilometer swim for the first time in the event's history.
The Crocodile Bay Resort & Marina says it will bring Puerto Jiménez and the Golfo Dulce a modern, clean facility to dock, fuel and maintenance boats, with a hotel and condominiums that will create jobs. But a vocal opposition says this project poses major environmental concerns, will not really benefit the community and will make Puerto Jiménez look like Cancún.