Shell Beach Checklist
The Shell Beach Survivor Guide!
Please note if you plan on a trip to Almond Beach to watch turtles or just visit, the following notes might help you pack. This is also useful for travel elsewhere in Guyana.
* Pack light.
* Waterproof your belongings. You should put all clothes and items you carry into a waterproof bag (or garbage bag) and then put it into your luggage/backpack.
* You may face rain and water spray on the rivers and the ocean when getting to Shell Beach.
* There is no store in Almond Beach. If you come via Air to Mabaruma, you may pick up a few things there; or if you come by boat, you may pick up a few things in Santa Rosa (Kumaka). Pack what you need.
* There is no medical facility on site. The nearest is in Mabaruma and Santa Rosa. Mabaruma is an hour and a half from Almond Beach and Santa Rosa about four hours. So pack personal medications you absolutely need.
* There is electricity (solar powered) but bring extra batteries for your electronics.
* Cell phone provider is Digicel. Digicel coverage at Almond beach is limited and spotty.
* Regular candy bar phone generally tends to work better than smartphones in the SBPA region
* Bring and share a list of emergency contact numbers
* Light coloured long-sleeved t-shirt or shirt to ward of mosquitos in the evening
* A pair of pants for the evening (again to ward of mosquitos)
* Shorts and t-shirt for day use
* Swim wear
* Rain jacket/Poncho (a lightweight, throwaway poncho is fine)
* Wide-brimmed hat (consider also wearing light, long-sleeve shirt and trousers for the boat trip to avoid sunburn)
* Garbage bag (useful to keep your clothes in if your bag is not very waterproof).
Health and Safety
* Basic personal first aid kit (pain medication, antiseptic cream, band aid, tape, gauze, tweezer)
* Any personal medication you need (medical facilities are not easily accessible) such as allergy; asthma; diabetes, etc)
* Sunscreen/blockMosquito repellent (w/DEET is most effective –if already in G/town the best brand to buy is “Shoo”)
* Sanitation wipes/hand sanitizer
* Snacks and your choice of beverage
* Travel size shampoo & conditioner
* Toothbrush and toothpaste
* Roll of toilet paper
* Laundry detergent
* Other personal needs and hygiene products
* Head lamp with RED light for night viewing of turtles/flashlight
* Water bottle
* A few large Ziploc bags (good for keeping things dry) – or dry bags if you have them
* Light hammock – with mosquito net (mosquitos can be bad during the rainy season at Shell Beach)
Useful Accessories and Things
* Notebook and pencil
* Multipurpose knife/tool
* Reading material
* Tablet with reading materials (if your stay is of a long duration)
* Bird Book of Venezuela
* Star guide – the place is amazing for star gazing