Subject: 'Beatiful and Serene'
Posted by Chia on: Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 02:27 AM PST
Rota has many pretty beaches and few tourists which makes it a quite relaxing and low-key place to visit. The locals are very friendly and will say HELLO and give you a ride when asked! It's a fairly small island where you can rent a car and drive around it in half a day. Lots of incredible scenery, and the water is amazingly clear and blue (a range of greens, aquamarine, blues, and purples). The snorkeling is great on calm days. Dive shops offer boat trips and diving excursions (expensive). The one big upset about this place is the food situation. The markets here stock mostly all imported American canned and processed foods that are loaded with bad ingredients, salt, and MSG. Even the few imported vegetables are the conventional and over-sized kind. The locals grow some fruits and vegetables of their own like pumpkins, bananas, radishes, and others, but the canned and processed foods take up 90% of the market shelves. Even restaurants use some canned food ingredients for cooking... But Rota is still a gem.