The four hour drive south to Mal Pais displayed more dry terrain with much dead vegetation. Skilled drivers are required to drive the very narrow, bumpy, dirt road leading to Mal Pais. The only road that I could see had been paved, but now featured mainly dirt patches,many potholes and loose gravel. It did not take long to figure out that your life was at risk walking on this sidewalk free trail of madness. It seemed that many of the drivers would rather hit you than a pothole. There were surfers on their bicycles with a rigged up board holder. The surf boards were horizontal and could cut you in half if you didn’t jump out of the way. I recommend sunglasses so that the flying gravel might protect your eyes when the vehicles go screaming by. Also watch for the speeding ATV’s loaded with the young surfers. Mal Pais is the smallest place I have seen anywhere with so many stray dogs. Dog lovers don’t worry, they were all well fed.
When the tide went low the beach showed very large rocks There were many young surfers doing what they love earlier in the mornings before the tide got too low. I recommend beach shoes as there are small rocks and shells on much of the beach. We did avoid going into the ocean because of the strong tide and the rocks. But the surfers were going strong.
Zula Inn Bungalows and grounds were quite fun! Thank you www.anywherecostarica.com
The Inn was owned by a Jerusalem family. Had we stayed longer, we may have learned how to speak Hebrew. We were told, we were all family. There was a number to call when the office was closed and since we didn’t have phone service our next option was to knock on their residence door. We did have a good laugh when we were told to put our passports in the office safe and to hide our other valuables under our mattress. I became bug killer once again. While screeching I killed a big black beetle type with a shoe and some other creature I did not recognize. I didn’t want to use anymore of my hairspray and run out. One night we came upon one of the owners trying to grab the garbage can from the racoons that had trashed it. The exciting part was the racoons were ready for a fight. The scene was so invigorating ,unfortunately neither one of us thought of taking a picture or video. We were a bit afraid of the door that looked like a tomb until the pool attendant left it open. It was hiding the pool equipment.
We loved the Banana Beach restaurant and Bar. The bartenders were upbeat and the food was great, not to mention Happy Hour all day and some unique side shows.
Join me next in Costa Rica Part 6!
- Surfers Rescue Baby Whale Stranded In Low Tide [Must See] (trueactivist.com)
- Gourmet delights in Costa Rica: from cheese to chocolate (independent.co.uk)
- Summer Escape! Women-only surf and yoga vacations in Costa Rica (enchanting-costarica.com)
- Guatemala versus Costa Rica versus Mexico for surf trip in Dec/Jan (flyertalk.com)