Frank Goldthorpe

Joined February 2019
  • Day16

    Coast to Coast

    February 26 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    As my northern visitors were winging their way back to the Great White North I was taking a bus then a series of shuttles across Costa Rica to the Caribbean coast.
    The trek took about 12 hours. After the first two hours ,as I climbed in elevation, it started to rain. I didn’t see the sun again for three days. This is the first rain that I have seen on the trip but it does fit since I was now in a rainforest area.
    Many differences mark my change of coasts. Besides the lush and dense green growth all around me now, the fauna , the people and the surf are all noticeably different.
    My BnB outside of Puerto Viejo was very comfortable . It was a forty minute walk to town which I did a few times (with raincoat) and I rented a bike to travel down the coast to visit the National Park in Manzanillo. Saw some great surfing while there along with various critters. Also visited the Jaguar Rescue Centre which heals/ raises injured/orphaned wildlife for reintroduction to the wild.
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  • Day7

    Visitors From The Far North

    February 17 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    For a full week visitors from Toronto and I lived the good life at Villa Sol Resort in Playa Hermosa. It is located on the Pacific coast an hour’s drive north of Tamarindo . The unit we stayed in was quite posh and we spent the week lounging either at the beach, or Tiki bar or in our mini pool on our terrace.
    A day’s outing to Playa del Coco and another to Rincón de la Vieja volcanic national park gave us a change of scenery and groceries for the week.
    We took turns overdoing the sun exposure and Tiki bar drinks but all managed to recover. We ate well in and out.
    To this point in the trip every day has been sunny with temperatures in the mid 30’s!
    Ahhhhh😎
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  • Day7

    Movin' On Up (TheCoast)

    February 17 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    The gringos are subtly discouraged from taking local buses and as a result taxi fares are super expensive. The proprietor at the Tamarindo hotel wrote me a note in Spanish that helped get me on the bus to Playa Del Coco. Consequently I paid $4 USD instead of the $70 quoted by several taxi drivers. Granted,the trip took 2 hrs instead of 1 but I have the time! I have not encountered this phenomenon in any other country.

    Now in Playa Del Coco, I continue to see sunny skies and warm temperatures. My stay here is at M+M Garden house that has plenty to offer in facility and tours. It’s a potential long term stay in the future.
    Iguanas , howler monkeys and colourful birds are delightful unless they are looking to steal your breakfast!
    Tomorrow I am off to nearby Playa Hermosa
    and an AirBnB.
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  • Day4

    Water's the Focus

    February 14 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    As a mid continental land lubber, the sea fascinates me. The cycle of the waves, the tides and the creatures that thrive here are all foreign to my upbringing and existence back in Toronto.
    I have been wandering the shoreline at low tide and observing the life present in tidal pools. The pelicans and other sea birds diving for fish are amazing!

    Trying my best not to fry, I have liberally slapped on the sunscreen and worn my broad brimmed hat everywhere.

    Today this old dog tried his hand at learning to surf 🏄. It looks so easy! Dude, it’s not.

    Afternoon was massage time to try and head off the post-surfing pain😩
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  • Day1

    Timely Escape

    February 11 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Though the plane was almost 2 hours late leaving Toronto I still managed to get out of town before another sizeable snowfall hit the city.
    Folks back home are digging out while I am digging the heat of Tamarindo 😜
    Hotel Mono Loco is my 3 star home for the next few days. Less than 100 meters from the beach it is simple but clean and comfy. Very helpful staff.Read more

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