Welcome to La Restinga

The road down to La Restinga rambles through volcanic badlands. Take time to look at the quirky lava shapes, ranging from pahoehoe or lajial, smooth rock that looks like twisted taffy, to hard, crumbling rock that looks like wet oatmeal. The gleaming sea stretches out before you as you descend into the town, past a landscape of volcanic ash studded wth bright-green cactus. You can clearly make out the line between the glassy Mar de las Calmas and the windblown open ocean to the west, which is rough and choppy. Part of the sea is a marine reserve, and both fishing and diving are restricted in an effort to provide fish with a safe place to breed.

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