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Monkeying Around

Walking back to our room from breakfast today we saw a large group of white capuchin monkeys. We scrambled really quickly to get our iPad and camera out. There were about 20 in the group and 2 were mommies carrying their babies. What an amazing site. 

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The Beach Fixes Everything

The beach fixes everything.  I have been sick this whole trip so far, but there is something about the sun, sand and ocean that makes everything right in the world.  I am not magically better, but the visit late yesterday sure boosted my spirits.  Dave and I went to the beach right before sunset.  Dave caught some good waves and I got to explore and take a few pictures.  We will have to go back with my camera, all I had was my beat up iPhone. 

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Our setting for breakfast this week.  It is very peaceful with outdoor seating with views of the jungle.  We saw some birds and heard some monkeys.  Yesterday, the power went out, which means the overhead fans did not work. It got quite muggy.  My view.  ????

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There are always a few iguanas walking around the pool. 

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Picture taken at El Avion.  It is an old cargo airplane turned into a bar and restaurant. 

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Today we are leaving Manuel Antonio and making the trek down to Golfito, or as Dave likes to call it, “a dirty little port town”.  We love Golfito, it has captured our heart and we consider it to be our home away from home.  (Click on the picture to enlarge it).

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Just Another Day in Paradise…. Manuel Antonio

Our favorite place to stay in Manuel Antonio is Costa Verde. It sits on a cliff where you can view the ocean, the jungle and see many varieties of birds, iguanas and of course monkeys.  

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We are on the top floor

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View from the hotel.

They brag that there are still more monkeys than people.  

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We stay in a part of the hotel that is for adults only.  No, this does not mean that women go topless, this means no moody pre-teens, no screaming toddlers running around or babies in diapers at the pool. I love kids, but not when I am trying to relax by the pool with a good book or some jamming tunes. 

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One of my must-haves for breakfast is a slushie. This is a blend of pineapple, mango, banana, strawberry and other fresh fruits. Yummy. 

Slushie

Slushie

We went swimming in the ocean yesterday. The waves were not too big, but there was a strong rip current. It was nice to get in the water and not have to “get used to it”.  The ocean temperature was really warm, which is much different than the water in CA.  After naps we went exploring and went down this road that was 4 X 4 access only.  It dead ended onto a pretty and secluded beach. We were able to drive the rental car right onto the sand.  We will be going back to this beach for sure as there were hardly any people there.  It must be a place where only the locals know about. 

 

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Selfie on the secluded beach

Selfie on the secluded beach

One of my favorite dinners in Costa Rica is pescado entero.  It does not look pretty, but it tastes so good.  I am not a huge fish fan, but this is something I could eat every night.  As the Ticos would say, “Que Rico”!

Pescado entero

Pescado entero

 

Let the Relaxation Begin

After a tiring red eye flight, we landed in San Jose early, went through customs and immigration quickly, but then ran into some issues with the rental car company. Once that was resolved (if you can call it that), we were off to our first destination, Manuel Antonio. 

We stopped at a roadside cafe called Los Congos for breakfast. We decided on having a casado over a typical breakfast. A casado consists of: beans, rice, salad, meat (pork, beef, fish or chicken), veggies, and the best part sweet plantains. 

Casado

Casado

After eating, we were on the road again and got to our hotel, Costa Verde.  We have an amazing view of the pool and the ocean from our balcony.  We are on the end so we have a 180* view of the ocean from our room. (I am typing this from my bed and enjoying the ocean views).

Costa Verde

Costa Verde

After a quick nap it was time to go down to the pool for a refreshing piña colada and some relaxation.  We had a little visitor and became quick friends (after giving him some banana). 

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We headed back to the room to catch the sunset from our balcony

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After another short nap it was time to head to dinner.  There was a rain storm and tons of lightning  to give us a great light show.  The restaurant had live music and Dave and I laughed and had some yummy food.  The food in Costa Rica is the best. Dinner last night consisted of Mahi Mahi on a bed of veggies and covered with shrimp and tropical fruit .

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The Hardest Part…..

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The hardest part about traveling is leaving this little  guy behind.  I know he is being well taken care of and I am sure he will give us a huge guilt trip when we get home.  

New Adventure

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We are getting ready to head back to Costa Rica for a new adventure.  Some people ask why we go to Costa Rica every year.  There are so many reasons why (I will post about that later), but the biodiversity of Costa Rica, the local people (Ticos and Ticas), and the “Pura Vida” lifestyle has captured my heart and my soul.  Despite the mosquitos, creepy crawly things and humidity that causes my hair to look like Beetlejuice…..it is safe to say that I HEART COSTA RICA!

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