Good Times

December 17, 2011

Last day in Costa Rica=Day drunk!

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Pura Vida

December 16, 2011

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Manuel Antonio National Park

December 14, 2011

Today was an action packed nature walk in Manuel Antonio National Park. Although it is a tiny place, we saw 4 sloths, white face monkeys, vultures and lizards. The beaches are stunning and have lush islands surrounding them. ¬†The monkeys and raccoons are sneaky… so watch your avocados! Did you know sloths only go to the bathroom once every 10 days! wowzers

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Goodbye Nicaragua, hello Costa Rica. We spent our first couple nights in Playa Hermosa, by Playa Coco, in a nice little tropical oasis hostel, The Iguana Inn, that was short walk to the beach. It was $10/night for a private room that was under construction. We were a bit hesitant, so we thought we would ‘shop around’ first to see what we could come up with. We drove to a few other hotels in the area, and as we pulled up to them we quipped, “This one is probably like $30-40/night…”. Nope, $78, $75, $55…snap, that’s a few days budget in Guatemala, guess we’re staying at the Iguana Inn.

Next, we decided to go move on to Santa Teresa/Malpais where we could rent surf boards and hone our skills on the waves. On the map, it showed3 different routes to get there. One followed the west coast of the peninsula and looked like it would take forever passing through small towns all along the way. One required us to backtrack 40 mins, then follow the East coast of the peninsula all the way around. The third route, the one we decided to take, looked the shortest and cut through the middle of the peninsula, maybe 50-60 km from Playa Hermosa. We now have some experience with driving in Central America and we know it’s not gonna take just 45mins to get there, so we allow for around 2 hours of drive time. As we drove along, we stopped and asked directions a number of times. Some people said we missed the road and had to backtrack a bit to find it, some people said to go through the town of Nicoya and up the hill. We drovearound for 30 mins looking for someone who wasn’t drunk and that sounded like they actually knew what they were talking about. Finally, we flagged down a clean-cut guy in a collared shirt, and he told us there were 2 routes. One would require some backtracking, no thanks. The ¬†other, though quicker, was a more backroad/offroad route…sounded good to me. He looked at our truck and said we would likely have no problems, so off we went.

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Costa Rico

December 10, 2011

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