Behind our old office in the central plaza is a little street winding back to the beach that is lined with vendors selling used clothing, cheap plastic household items, capulanas, and fresh produce. Closer to the beach, one can buy fishing nets. Directly on the beach, one can buy coconuts and fresh fish, prawns, and clams. This is Praia Nova. During my orientation, I was given a tour of the city and told where it was safe to go and where it wasn’t. I learned later that that was one person’s opinion. Fortunately, I was exposed to other people’s opinions and started feeling free to explore more of the city. Praia Nova ended up being my favorite place to buy capulanas and also the best place to buy prawns since you literally get them fresh off the boat. One time I made a Thai prawn curry with prawns bought that day in Praia Nova, fresh limes and coconut milk made from a coconut bought on the beach. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
This photo is from the first time I went to Praia Nova with my friend Brooke. We woke up early in the morning to wander down and watch the fisherman come in with their catches.