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Las Fiestas de Boquerón

May 26, 2016

by Cash
At anchor, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas

Boquerón is a party town. People come from all over, especially during spring break and summer, to enjoy themselves. When it comes to partying in Boquerón there are two things you need to do: listen to the music and eat the street food.
Anyone want to buy some "stainless teel"?

What's unusual about parties in Boquerón is that they're mostly carried out on the street. Bands play out on the street, and many people eat street food from stalls lining the road. Even shops have tables outside to sell their goods.

The party starts on Thursday with a just a little bit of activity. It grows and grows until it climaxes on Sunday. People lie on the beach all day and then head to the streets at night. From Monday to Thursday afternoon, the town is completely dead. There is no one anywhere.
The park during the week. It's empty and the stands are not set up.
A view of the shopping stands as the evening is just starting
It gets much more crowded as the evening progresses

Lots more pics and videos of music, food, and dancing below:

Our friends: S/V Neptune II, S/V Windhover, S/V Cedar, and S/V True Colors

We're not quite sure what happened here...

We like the street food not only because it tastes great, but also because you can get a good sized meal for not much money.

The meats, top
to bottom: chicken, pork, shark,
shrimp, marlin

This is usually the meal we get when we eat on shore.

Empanadillas, little empanadas in Spanish, come with many different meats, including chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp.



A pincho is meat on a stick, covered in a delicious sauce. Served with a side of bread.

 An alcapurria is meat covered in a fried batter of plantain and yuca, a local root vegetable. These are great for my mom, because she can't have any flour, which rules out many of the foods on the street.

A pianono is a plantain wrapped around ground beef, then fried.

Here they sell fresh oyster, conch, and clams

Food stands. On the left is "El Kiosko de La Abuela", which
literally means "Grandmother's Kiosk."


Other stands sell pizza or burritos. This truck pictured below is selling dinner-plate sized pieces of fried fish.
Our friend Elliott, from Neptune II.
It's bigger than his head!

The same truck sells freshly squeezed lemonade in a giant cup.
       The high-pressure lemon squeezer.     Our arms got tired holding these big cups

Music is a big part of partying, and where live bands aren't playing right out on the street there are speakers playing recorded music or people singing karaoke. Many large fishing boats come to the dinghy dock, and often they are each blasting their own music. It becomes a competition between them to be the loudest, and the result is chaotic noise.

Competing Music:


We have also come across two great rock bands.

The first rock band:

The second is a band called The Weekend Warriors. We had a great time listening to them, and went to their gigs several weeks in a row.
They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Weekend-Warriors-1441702106103482/?fref=ts

One week we saw a group of drummers and singers, both kids and adults. It was a combination of Taino (a precolonial Native American tribe) and African drumming. It was neat because we had seen them a year and half before, passing through Boquerón the first time.

Our favorite was to watch was the salsa band. Not only did they play some great Puerto Rican salsa, but the Latin dancing was amazing to watch.

We really like the town of Boquerón. It's a nice mix of lively action and calm. The food and music were great. There are many worse places we could have been for the while we were there.