My in-laws live about two blocks from the water. Their street, as seen in the picture below, ends right where the entrance to the port (the largest in Latin America) begins. The hill you see in the background is what the ships go around to head back out to sea.
Once there, you have to walk about five minutes along the water to get to the beach.
Along the way we pass the Museu do Mar (Museum of the Sea). The Policia have a small station just off to the side, and Gabi likes to peek in and wave at them.
I love to stop here and get Caldo de Cana (sugarcane juice).
The woman pushes sticks of fresh sugarcane through a pressing machine, and the juice drips down into a tin pitcher.
I like mine with limao (lime). Doesn't that look delicious?
From there we walk a bit on the sand to our favorite swimming spot. Gabi is now the proud owner of four bikinis (thanks to my MIL going a bit crazy), and wears a different one every day.
We watch the ships enter and leave the port from our beach spot.
When it's time to head home we head back along the water, usually with an ice cream cone in hand.