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  • Day135

    Safe arrival in Costa Rica

    January 19, 2017 in Costa Rica

    We arrived safely in Playa Hermosa on the Pacific shore of Costa Rica the night before last, after a long (21 hour) but smooth journey. Staying in a little villa with great swimming pool (which Solana doesn't want to get out of!), just a few minutes walk from the beach. We've seen many colourful birds, that we're all enjoying trying to identify. We've also seen some large iguanas, butterflies, a stripy squirrel and some monkeys - great to have so much wildlife on our doorstep. Solana also loved the millipede we found in our villa when we returned from (a delicious seafood) dinner last night - until one of us accidentally stepped on it and she was heartbroken... All in all (millipede aside!), a lovely place to recover from our jet lag and start our adventure.Read more

  • Day136

    Playa Hermosa, Pacific coast

    January 20, 2017 in Costa Rica

    We enjoyed our couple of days in Playa Hermosa, supposedly recovering from our jet lag. We're all still waking pretty early but that is actually turning out to be an advantage, as early morning is a nice time to go out wandering/wildlife spotting before it gets too hot. Temperatures here have been in the early 30s. Solana made a little friend who was in the villa next door to us, a 4-year-old Costa Rican girl called Fatima - they could only understand a bit of what each other was saying but still managed to forge a little friendship. It also made me realise that, although I speak some Spanish, it is not even at the level of a 4-year-old!Read more

  • Day21

    ATV - Coast of Costa Rica

    July 11 in Costa Rica

    Today we visited Playa Hermosa, Playa del Coco, and Playa Penca. Our favorite beach in Costa Rica was definitely Playa El Conchal!

    Nevertheless, we spent a fantastic day touring and riding ATVs through the coast and enjoying the forever vivid greens of Costa Rica’s jungle.

  • Day289

    Passing Time in Playas del Coco

    From Quepos, we travelled to Playas del Coco, about 280 kilometres north. In order to get to Playas del Coco, we had to take a local, non-air conditioned bus to Puntarenas about 3 hours away, in above- 30-degree heat, and then another three-and-a-half-hour bus ride to Liberia, followed by a third one-hour bus ride to Playas del Coco. Exhausted and dripping with sweat, we arrived at our apartment, about ten minutes from the main street of the town. We then needed to go on the hunt to try and find someone to let us into our accommodation. Fortunately, the owners appeared just before we were about to give-up and set-up camp on the nearby beach.

    Unfortunately, the nearby beach was one of the least attractive beaches that we have come across, with brown, dirty sand and dry, dead-looking surroundings. The ocean didn't look overly appealing either. We thought another beach around the corner, Playa Hermosa (Beautiful Beach in English) may have been a better option for a swim. But despite only being about six to seven kilometres away, it seemed that the only way to get to the beach was an overpriced taxi ride. We waited for a bus for over an hour to be told that there are only three or four buses a day. It all became too difficult, and we susected that the beach wouldn't live-up to its name anyway. So we gave up and returned home to drown our sorrows with a few alcoholic beverages.

    We had expected beautiful beaches and scenery with lots of native wildlife in Costa Rica, and perhaps we had been unlucky or chosen to stay in the wrong parts of the country, but things didn't quite live up to the expectations. Not to mention the prices of accommodation and food were much higher than we had been used to in many other South American countries, particularly Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. The prices were more in line with the United States, and not too far off those in Australia. Maybe that is due to the fact that Playas del Coco and the surrounding area is home to many North Americans from the US and Canada, who have decided to retire and die in Costa Rica. The stop in Playas del Coco did allow us to continue to plan the next segment of our journey.

    Next stop: San José.

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  • Day7

    Playas del Coco

    October 1, 2017 in Costa Rica

    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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  • Day10

    Storm: No power or water!

    October 4, 2017 in Costa Rica

    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

  • Day11

    Playa Hermosa

    October 5, 2017 in Costa Rica

    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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  • Day18

    Ab ans pazifische Meer

    April 22 in Costa Rica

    Von La Fortuna starten wir am nächsten Tag Richtung Westen an die pazifische Seite Costa Ricas. Unsere Fahrt führt entlang des Stausees 'Laguna de Arenal' über Liberia bis wir bei Playa Panamá an der Küste ankommen. Je weiter nach Westen wir fahren, umso trockener und heißer wird die Umgebung. Am Playa Panamá gefällt es uns jedoch nicht und wir klappern Richtung Süden ein paar Strände ab, bis wir etwas gefunden haben, dass nicht so sehr auf USA Touristen ausgelegt ist😜.Read more

  • Day17

    Playas del Coco: duiken dag 1&2

    November 26, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Gisteren ben ik vroeg in de ochtend begonnen met mijn eerste duiken. Ik heb gedoken op Punta Gorda en Escorpiones. Vele onderwaterdieren gespot zoals papegaaivissen, trompetvissen, stingrays, kreeften, nudibranches, zeepaardje, etc. En ik was de techniek nog niet vergeten.

    Magali heeft haar eerste zwembadsessie in de namiddag gehad, na een voormiddag wasjes draaien. Al die muffe kleren terug proper. Alles droogt hier ook zalig snel door het drogere klimaat.

    Vandaag gaan duiken op Monkey's head. Vergelijkbare zaken gezien. Hopelijk morgen wat haaien! Mijn instructeur heette trouwens Merlin. Een echte onderwatertovenaar!

    Magali heeft vandaag een hele dag in het zwembad geoefend. Alles ging goed, behalve het clearen van haar masker bij een artificiele maskflood. Uiteindelijk is het wel gelukt wat betekent dat ze vanaf morgen haar oefeningen moet doen in de Pacifische Oceaan. Spannend, maar ze wordt goed in het oog gehouden door de instructeurs.

    Deze avond lekker gegeten aan het strand. Nu op tijd onder de wol.. Uuh katoenen laken (het is >30 graden) om morgen fris voor de dag te komen.

    Zonnige groentjes vanuit Playas del Coco!
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  • Day10

    Fahrt nach Rincon de La Vieja

    November 22 in Costa Rica

    Sàmara verabschiedet uns mit strahlendem Sonnenschein, der uns auf unserem Weg Richtung Rincon de la Vieja begleitet. Wieder ist die Landschaft anders als alles, was wir bis jetzt gesehen haben, aber nicht weniger grün. Links und rechts der Straße wächst und gedeiht es und wir fahren an vielen großohrigen Kühen vorbei, ein untrügliches Zeichen für warmes Klima. Nach einem Stop in einer German Bakery geht es hoch in gebirgige Regionen. Unsere Lodge befindet sich fast am Ende der Welt und besticht besonders durch den hauseigenen Hängebrückenpark und eine fantastische Aussicht auf den Sonnenuntergang.Read more

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