Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! (country #7)August 28, 2017 in Costa Rica
Before we headed out of Nicaragua and into expensive Costa Rica we had a few errands to run. First of was getting Maya seen by a vet as the wound her op a month ago was causing some problems. Fortunately it was just a simple clean up and antibiotics, but she was sedated and is now back in the cone of shame :( The other important task was to buy a few slabs of beer before the price doubles over the border!
Border crossings with a van are tedious. We know how they work now so we expect a lot of unnecessary running around, but in 35+ C heat it is a tough day. Just getting out of Nicaragua tool us an hour and a half, but fortunately Costa Rica are a little more efficient and it took about the same to the more complicated import licence.
We'd spotted a nice camp spot on iOverlander, the app which is like the bible to people like us, which was under an hour from the border. We couldn't believe what we found with a gorgeous beach in a sheltered bay complete with picnic tables and completely free, and in a country that's safe to wild camp - a far cry from having to stay at firestation carparks as a lot of people do in the countrys to the north.
The next day we stopped off at a Walmart and it was a joy to buy a fresh & decent baguette, plus prices weren't as scary as we'd been lead to believe. A quick half an hour and we were back at the coast, this time in a lovely camp site just off the beach. The next day was spent tending to Elvis and his electric problems, which look like they were caused by a faulty amp meter rather than anything more serious (and expensive). We also had a new lawn installed - nice to get a little upgrade and hide some of the sand.Read more