Yesterday we arrived in Puerto Viejo, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. My first time in the Costa Rican Caribbean! It is different than Cayman Caribbean. More rain, the jungle-ish vegetation goes almost right up to the waters edge.
We drove through heavy rainforest to get here, through a National Park, with an impressive tunnel that I didn’t get a picture of.
we stopped for coffee at a roadside bar/restaurant that I thought was really cool. This is the view of the cooking area from the cash register.
The rest of the place was cool too, big open area with tables and hammocks. Even a pool table and two foosball tables!
We arrived before check in time and we went walking in town a little, The wife bought a dress, which she’s wearing in the first picture, and Travlin’ Tim fell in love with a mini mannequin that was selling necklaces! Travlin’ Tim loves boobies!
It rains a lot here, but today is supposed to be cloucy and hot too much rain. But it’s raining really hard now, but somehow, I don’t seem to mind.
Yesterday was a damn fine day. We went to the beach, I did a little snorkeling, and it turned out to be an ok day.
After that we had a nice lunch at a beach restaurant and then hung out at a pool we are allowed to use. Then we went back to the beach and watched the sunset, which I captured perfectly!
Today, we head back to Alejuela. The condo wasn’t so bad, after a mental adjustment on my part. I expected to walk out the back door and be on the beach, and pretty much not use the car while we were here. But it turned out to be an acceptable accommodation.
My wife and I, and my mother and mother-in-law drove the four hours to the Pacific Ocean yesterday. We’re at Flamingo Beach. We are very disappointed in our condo. It’s on the third floor, which was not indicated on AirBNB. (My mother and mother-in-law could do without the stairs)
As far as beaches go, this one is crap. I guess I’m biased though, being used to Cayman beaches.
It’s supposed to be a three bedroom, but one is a loft, with headknocker low ceilings and trip hazard floors. We’re not using it, and my mom and mother-in-law are sharing a room.
It’s not as horrible as I make it sound, here’s the view from the balcony. And a view of the condo.
Theres also a keypad door lock that so far, only my wife has been able to open. I’m afraid to go outside till after she wakes up.
And today we’re going to the beach somewhere else.
So much for the planned relaxing at the beach at the condo.
Long time ago, I read a book, Far Tortuga. It’s really good, but hard to understand the language. Yesterday, I saw some small islets that I was hoping were the Miskita Cays, mentioned a lot in the book.
When I got to the internet, I found that they weren’t, Miskita Cay is further south. But I wasn’t able to find out what islands they were. I found them on Google Earth, but not the names. Looks like a place I’d like to visit, that and Miskita Cay. (As long as there isn’t too many Miskitas)
Any of you fishermen out there know which islands these are?
We got to the in-laws house Ok yesterday, and tomorrow my mom arrives! She’s gonna love Costa Rica!
Today is my last day at work. Tomorrow vacation starts. Tomorrow wife and I head toraerd Costa Rica!
Housitters/Petsitters arrived yesterday afternoon. Chris and Debbie. Two thumbs up. We expected Sheba more likely to be a problem but Lenny seemed to have taken ownership of the house. Barking protectively (jealously) when Debbie or Chris petted Sheba or moved about the house.
I think these petsitters are going to be fine with the animals. Plus they’re cool people, I wouldn’t mind hanging out with them for a few days before we went to Costa Rica!
It dawned on me this morning, that as Sheba gets older, Lenny is going to step up more and more, taking care of and protecting her. They really bonded at first sight. Good thing.
Walking the dogs this morning, it was cloudless, as it gets lighter, it gets cloudier. I was hoping to ride the scooter today, but alas, it seems like it wasn’t meant to be. Oh well.