A Side Trip to Pochomil Beach
Pochomil is a pleasant Pacific beach that is a 90-minute drive from the city and popular with weekenders. The sand is dark with seashells, and the sea waves are large and relentless. The lone fishermen standing in the water casting nets add to the local, laid-back feel. The beach's "center" is a basic, down-at-the-heel strip of anonymous restaurants selling seafood, soda, and beer. Accommodations options are somewhat limited, and the beach is virtually deserted on weekdays, except during Easter celebrations. It's the most convenient escape from the scorching capital.