The old cemetery in La Peñita is a little worse for wear these days, but nonetheless, it is still a charming and restful place. It is located on the very north end of town and is snuggled in between the beach and Calle del Mirador. Much of the destruction occurred back in 2002 when Hurricane Kenna barreled through the Jaltemba Bay area. Still to this day, you will find a few empty coffins sunk into the sand along the ocean’s edge.
As I walked gingerly and respectfully through the cemetery, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of newly and lovingly placed candles and plastic flower arrangements left over from Dia de los Muertos, which took place a few weeks ago on November 1-2. During this 2-day holiday, Mexicans visit the local cemeteries to tidy up and decorate the graves, and to pay homage and celebrate the lives of those who have passed. Many of the graves here don large cement crosses, some more intricate than others, and a few proudly display the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This is a quiet and tranquil place, and much of it is shaded by large trees. With its spectacular view, the sound of the waves, the cool ocean breeze and the filtered sunlight, the old cemetery in La Peñita is indeed a very special place to rest in peace.
P.S. Thank you to Robi Smallwood and Donna Steensma for joining me.
by Allyson Williams
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