A 20-day adventure by Helene
  • Day19

    A sunrise to begin the end

    January 18 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    After a long night of rain, early am wake up to watch sunrise. Head out on kayaks to get best view. Pack up and get ferried back to the car. Long drive back to San Jose, stopping for a bit at two different beaches. Mad dash to hotel to unpack car and return in on time. Sa,e hotel as where we began but order through Ubereats and have a better meal than Denny’s.Read more

  • Day18

    Last beach day

    January 17 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Morning swim in much clearer water. Full sun seems to help. Out for a kayak. See a few rays jump in the distance and chase a pair of dolphins out to sea - though we never quite catch them. Get some beach time, cards time, and then paddle out to watch sunset.Read more

  • Day17

    Kayak take 2

    January 16 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After a brief morning swim, take kayaks out again - this time bringing a phone. Maddie and I share a one person kayak making for a tight fit. Spot one ray, a school of fish and some guy painting on a SUP in the middle of the mangroves. Paddle,up into the mangroves but find little besides a few birds. Hang out on beach and attempt another kayak outing. Storm building so make it short.Read more

  • Day16

    A kayak trip without devices yields ....

    January 15 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    ...incredible animal sights.
    Day was somewhat cloudy which was fine as running out of sunscreen. Attempt to use all 3 kayaks but the older one had a leak. Maddie and I continue on. Pass by first bay and head along coast. Spot schools of fish flinging themselves into the air. Have several sea turtle sightings. Spot fins which turn out to be dolphins who circle us. Head back along the coast to first bay and notice many splashes. Get closer and see 100s of rays ‘flying’ in the air and heading towards us. Follow them as they head back out to sea. And of course no way to document. Back to our shrinking beach. Attempt snorkeling again though all we find is a tiny yellow fish who follows us, staying very close and nibbling. Plenty of interesting wildlife in our houseRead more

  • Day15

    Final beach stay

    January 14 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Morning hike in Bolita to gotogo point and great view of,the bay. Leave our jungle casita and find a swimming hole. Into town for food and then head north to find our meet up point. Find it and board little boat with lots of stuff. Clouds look ominous but not much happens. After settling in, attempt snorkeling, but kind of cloudy. Work on NYT MEGA puzzle and make dinner.Read more

    Clytie Rimberg

    Kapok tree! Used to make life preservers!

  • Day14

    A river walk

    January 13 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Bird watch and listen to monkeys while we have morning coffee. While doug deal with flat tire, Maddie and I head into Bolita, a private park right next to us. At the top of the hill arrive at a very remote hostel. Continue to waterfalls and then decide to attempt the 2k river walk. Quite sketchy in parts especially as we weren’t prepared with smart things like dry bags. Make it through with no major mishaps. Dinner prepared for usRead more

  • Day13

    Into Corcovado

    January 12 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Very early start (4:30) to meet our guide into the park. Opt for accessing at La Leona though we were in for quite the drive. Watch the stars go down and sun come up. Hit likely the worst road yet for 46 km. Spot a group of monkeys on the way. Park by the beach. Our guide is an awesome spotter an we see monkeys, many different types of birds and a sloth duo! Within the park we are visited by several gangs of coatis, an agouti and a very bold anteater. Long day out but well worth it. Bounce back mostly in the dark again stopping for a band of squirrel monkeys.Read more

  • Day12

    Around the gulf

    January 11 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Morning beach walk before packing up. Road in is less bumpy as they had done some smoothing of it while we were there. Leisurely drive around the gulf to Puerto Jimenez. Stop for ice cream and groceries. Bounce again to our remote lodge in the jungle. Settle in for an evening of jungle sounds.Read more

  • Day11

    A lazy day

    January 10 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Morning beach run though no sign of yesterday’s monkeys. Claim our beach spot and chill. Meander back to the turtle spot but apparently they rest on Sunday. Lovely sunset.

  • Day10

    Un dia al playa

    January 9 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After last nights rain, wake up to another lovely day. Maddie and I head up the road and hill, this time making it to tiny village and beyond. Spot iguanas and cows and lovely views. Back to the casa for breakfast and then hit the beach. Return to our protected cove and make enhancements to increase comfort and shade. Laze on the beach, reading, puzzling and playing in the waves. Beach walk going the opposite direction - coming to a maze of boulders before turning around. Maddie and I get an early start for the turtles. While we wait, she spots a tree full of spider monkeys. Watch the nightly turtle trek and watch the sun set! Another lovely day in paradiseRead more

    Clytie Rimberg

    That is so cool