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Month: January 2016

The End Is Near

We drove to San Jose for a few days before heading home. We are tired and have the end-of-vacation-blues

We are close to the airport. Here is a view of the airport from our hotel room. I just loved watching the Costa Rican flag fly in the wind. image

We have never explored around San Jose so we figured we would drive around and see what we could see. We stopped in Grecia for a yummy breakfast and then drove by their big church. The town center was really crowded and had a lot of cars on the road so we did not stop and walk around. image

Next, we stopped in Sarchí and stopped in the town center where they had a church and a decorative coffee cart. The colors and the details on the cart were spectacular. The cart was huge and behind a huge fence so it was hard to take pictures. image

The church was also very beautiful  I loved all the details on the church.image

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We then headed to Naranjo. This town was very busy, but we found a parking spot in the town center and got to enjoy our surroundings. There was a statue of a huge coffee mug.image

Next to the coffe mug was their church.image

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While walking around to take pictures we saw the cutest pair of parrots up in a tree.imageWe are sad to leave Costa Rica as it feels like our second home.  In the month we were visiting we had many adventures, laughs and created memories to last a lifetime. Until next year,  Pura Vida!

 

Back to Paradise

We are towards the end of our trip. We decided that there would be no better place to end our trip than to head back to Manuel Antonio for a few more days.

What we love best about Manuel Antonio is the gorgeous views of the ocean and jungle from the hotel, beautiful sunsets, many variety of birds, animals and of course, the amazing food.

Nothing beats the view of the ocean from the pool area.
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When we arrived the town was really crowded. We were spoiled when we came last month.  We did not see as much wildlife this time here, but we did see a monkey from our balcony in a distant tree. image

Dave got swimmer’s ear and he could not shake it and it turned him sick. Poor thing, not a way to end the trip. We did have a few pool days and did enjoy some beautiful sunsets. I have over 100 pictures of sunsets and it is hard to just choose a few for this blog.image

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Costa Verde has  converted all their light covers around the property and the rooms with old liqour bottles. I think it is a clever idea and it obviously took much thought and skill to cut the glass. Here are a few from around the property and our room as well. image

The last night of our stay in Manuel Antonio we sat outside on the balcony and watched the sun go down  this picture is my favorite from the entire trip be ause it captures relaxation and beauty. This was truly a peaceful moment that I caught on camera. It made me so happy to see Dave relaxing and sensing a calm in his aura.image

Pavones

We just spent a very relaxing few days in Pavones, which is a small surf town where if you wear anything but your bathing suit and flip flops you are over dressed.  Pavones is about two hours south of Golfito, known for having the second longest left point break that runs the entire length of town. Pavones does not have any ATM’s, no gas stations, only two small convenient stores (smaller than a 7-11 store), internet is hit or miss (mostly miss) and the electricity cycles off at least 2 times a day. Getting to Pavones is an adventure, the roads are dusty, very bumpy, rough and there are a few bridges that need to be crossed that are quite scary; thank goodness Dave is the driver.  Pavones to us is very relaxing, a get away from the hustle/bustle of Golfito social scene and a time to body surf and catch up on reading and sleep.

Here is part of the scenery that you can see on the way to Pavones.  This is a view of Zancudo and the Pacific Ocean.

View of Zancudo on the way to Pavones

Here is a view of just one of the rickety bridges that you have to cross over to get into town.image image

We stayed at La Ponderosa which is run by an American couple Marshall and Angela.  The beach is right across the dirt road and you can hear the waves crashing at night.

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View of beach from La Ponderosa property.

View of beach from La Ponderosa property.

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Road in Pavones

There are so many cool trees in Pavones with some cool roots.

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I am usually behind the lens in photos, but Dave thought it would be cool to take a photo of me since my camera strap matched my outfit.

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Every day there was so peaceful.  It felt like we were in another world with the sky being so blue, the clouds so brilliantly white, the greens of the trees and the blue and turquoise water.  Here are just a few of the photos I took, it was hard to chose only a few.

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Thank you Pavones for making a great start to 2016.

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