September - October 2017
  • Day14

    Flight home from Liberia Airport

    October 8, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We left for the airport and got there without problems. Dean dropped off the rental car and his shuttle driver told him he’d had 6 feet of water in his house, and lost everything! We heard that at least 22 people in Central America lost their lives, including a 3 year old girl in Costa Rica. Our hearts go out to everyone there as they recover!

    All in all, we had a great trip, because of the tours the first week and the nice people we met. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, but we don’t advise going during the middle of the rainy season!
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  • Day13

    Playa del Coco

    October 7, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    A nice, sunny day for a change! We dropped Bruce off at the airport, then went driving to Liberia, since it was not raining. We wanted to go to Rincon de la Viega National Park, but the road was very bad, so we turned around. We stopped at the Sunburst Coffee store, learned more about production, saw a picture of coffee trees in bloom, and did some tasting. We also enjoyed an iced coffee.

    That night we had dinner at Hard Rock Café. The food was okay but the people watching was great, as Costa Rica tied with Honduras in the soccer match, securing a place in the World Cup. This game had been postponed from Thursday due to the tropical storm.
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  • Day12

    Playa Flamingo

    October 6, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We tried to drive to Tamarindo (I wanted to go to a bookstore and we heard that is an expatriate community, so they might have one), but it was getting late, so we turned back. We didn’t want to go back the way we came, as the water was very high over the road in one area, so we turned North at Potrero and went through a hilly area with bad roads, until someone flagged us down and told us the road was out up ahead. He asked where we were going and led us out of there—God bless him! We were so glad to get back to our condo. We washed clothes—another exciting evening!Read more

  • Day11

    Playa Hermosa

    October 5, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌫 23 °C

    We found out that the deluge of rain was a result of Tropical Storm Nate. We tried to drive somewhere to see the damage, but we didn’t get far. The River Tempisque on the way to the airport is very high, almost reaching the bottom of the bridge. Normally there is a drop of about 35 feet from the bottom of the bridge to the river.

    After lunch, the rains were letting up, so we drove to a neighboring town to look around. We had a voucher for a restaurant on the waterfront (received for going to the timeshare presentation), but they were closed at least for several more days to clean up. We were able to exchange the voucher for one at the Hard Rock Café. The beaches are very wild, with rough water, and high tides backing up the rivers. We saw some howler monkeys in the trees—they don’t seem to mind the weather. We talked to an expat who lives nearby, and she said we’d had over 20 inches in the past 48 hours, and the last time there had been this much rain was in 1992. She showed us an internet video of an apartment high-rise collapsing in San Jose.
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  • Day10

    Storm: No power or water!

    October 4, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌫 24 °C

    It rained all night and the electricity went off around 3 a.m. We attempted to go for a drive, but couldn’t due to the river of water running down the street. The grocery store was open, so we went there to look around—bought a cake for a treat. Around 3:30 that afternoon, the electricity came back on so I made coffee and we ate the cake with it. Then the electricity went off again. We also had low water pressure, and at last, none. We tried collecting rainwater to flush the toilets, but finally Dean went to the swimming pool and got some. And it continued to rain. In addition to no electricity or water, we had no internet or TV. It was dark and we couldn’t read either! So we just went to bed.Read more

  • Day9

    Liberia Costa Rica

    October 3, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We picked up the rental car and drove to Liberia for groceries. Dean had trouble with the brakes, so we got a different one.

    It’s still raining. I am re-reading a book because I don’t have anything else to do and the TV is still not on. Good thing it’s a funny book. Wish we had some cards so we could play a game!Read more

  • Day8

    Playas del Coco

    October 2, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Dean and I went to a timeshare presentation (why, I don’t know, except we thought, “Oh well, it’s worth it for a free breakfast”), but it wasn’t worth it! However we did receive a $50 voucher for a beach restaurant at the neighboring town.

    For lunch, Bruce came with us to a “Soda”, a small local café, usually run by a family. The food was good and inexpensive. We had a Casado again: beans, rice, meat, salad, and vegetables for about $8. The timeshare office arranged for a rental car for us.

    It's raining so we stayed in for the evening.
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  • Day7

    Playas del Coco

    October 1, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We checked out and took a Greyline bus to Playas del Coco (Coco Beach), where we’d planned to stay in another timeshare for a week. It was a long bus ride, about 5 hours. The scenery was beautiful, but we couldn’t get good pictures while the bus was moving! We stopped about half way for lunch, and there were Scarlet Macaws in the trees. It was fun to see them in the wild.

    We checked into our timeshare, a beautiful, modern, 3 bedroom-2 bathroom unit with all the equipment needed: coffee maker, dishwasher, washer and drier, and a patio. We took it easy, had a rotisserie chicken for dinner, and washed clothes.
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  • Day6

    Rainforest Butterflies and Orchids

    September 30, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We had a great lunch in a beautiful restaurant with a roof but no walls. Then our guide took us through a butterfly enclosure, showed us frogs, snakes, and a collection of orchids, from large to miniature sizes! In addition, we finally saw some sloths up in a tree—sleeping of course. They sleep most of their lives and rarely come down from the tree.Read more

  • Day6

    Rainforest Adventures Canopy Tour

    September 30, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We had planned to go to Manuel Antonio National Park, but decided that we didn’t want to take another long bus ride, so we opted for a canopy tour at Rainforest Adventures, on the Caribbean side of the country. Mark, the owner of the company, took us on the tour, accompanied by his daughter, who is 10 years old and very chatty in English and Spanish. We drove through the cloud forest again to get to the park. Then we boarded a tram that took us up into the tree canopy for a different perspective than from the ground. The locusts were singing and our guide told us they do this all the time!Read more