A two hour drive and a rickety road brought us to Montezuma. I immediately could feel the charm in this little village. We had time to take a few pictures before launching the speed boat to go across the Gulf of Nicoya and dock at Jaco. There were no docks on Montezuma and Jaco beaches. The crew wrapped our huge bags with plastic and loaded one suitcase on each shoulder. Then they had to fight with the waves to get the bags on. It was amazing how strong they were. Needless to say, we did get wet. It was hot day so we did not mind.
QUEPOS: A two hour drive from Jaco on our pre -booked ride and our hotel reservation brought us to the Best Western and Casino Hotel in Quepos. We enjoyed the fabulous huge room with two King beds, thanks again to www.anywherecostarica.com
We viewed the beach across the street from the 3rd floor restaurant, while enjoying our free full breakfast. The beach could only be accessed via a rocky section. It was a challenge to climb up or hike down and the ocean was too rough for the amateur swimmer.
We loved Quepos for the shopping, live bands and beautiful countryside. We attended a local festival and enjoyed practicing Salsa dancing and hanging out with the locals. We walked to the disco near our hotel. The Latin music warmed up any soul that loves to dance. The local men love to dance and are not shy to ask for a dance. You may need to refuse a dance or two to catch your breath.
The Ocean King catamaran offered a wonderful day of sailing, water sliding into the ocean and an opening on the second level for jumping or diving into the ocean. The sunset was beautiful and the day went much too fast.
MANUEL ANTONIO: Just a short cab ride from Quepos, the beauty of MA won our hearts. Hawg and Bills restaurant/bar, with live music turned out to be another enjoyable evening. The quisine was excellent! We tried to go to places that others recommended and were never disappointed. We were unable to take a picture or view the inside of El Avion because our time was running out. An old airplane was turned into a restaurant and was surrounded by thick vegetation. We did view El Avion from the Taxi. We were fortunate to have dined at Ronnie’s, known for the quisine and the sunsets. The sunset was the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen.
One morning we stood in line for a lengthy time to enter the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonia. Because we bought a coconut to quench our thirst, we were not allowed to go through the gates with the coconuts. We found that strange, but someone has to make the rules. The beaches held white sand that you could sink your toes into. The oceans were clear with waves that were heaven to play in after the long hiking. The forest was filled with sloths, racoons, tropical frogs and monkeys that seemed to pose for the tourists. We reluctantly had to accept that we had to go home the next day.
SUMMING UP: The Costa Rican people are wonderfully friendly and accommodating. A dictionary or a nearby interpreter can help to communicate in the areas where little English is spoken. For the most part, we did okay with our few spanish words to get by. The best alternative is to learn Spanish! My highlight was experiencing the many unique ventures, not experienced in previous travels.
- Unique Costa Rica destination wedding location: Rincon de la Vieja Volcano (enchanting-costarica.com)
- Costa Rica Relocation; Shipping Household Goods to Costa Rica (costaricantimes.com)
- Day Four: A Story in a Single Image (thebloggette.com)
- Bahia Turquesa Residences Highlights Why Costa Rica is a Top Spot for Summer Vacations (prweb.com)
- SiRacha, a Thai Cuisine Delicacy Produced in Costa Rica (news.co.cr)
- Adventure Costa Rica (alloverthemap.net)
- Top 10 Places to Visit in Costa Rica! #travel (whisperedinspirations.com)
- What to Pack for a trip to Costa Rica? (sydneyaaliyah.com)