Friday, December 30, 2016

Costa Rica Part 3

We caught a ride back from the bull event with a woman who offered us free surf lessons the next day. She picked us up, took us north to Playa Avellana and I was able to check that off my bucket list!
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Back to Vista Bela for sunset:
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Sun rise:
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Men fishing early am with hooks on strings:
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On the last day, we headed back to Tamarindo for a 'sunset cruise'
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The pitch was that they drove you out to a secluded beach where they would have areas to lounge, kayaks, snorkels, etc. But in reality the water was too rough, so you got close to the beach and then jumped in and swam to shore.
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The water was pretty trecherous, and Miki didn't know how to swim, but we all survived!
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And that's a wrap on Costa Rica!
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Part 1 -- Part 2 -- Part 3

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Costa Rica Part 2

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Spent a good amount of time relaxing, listening to podcasts, etc. Our room:
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View from the sliding glass door to the ocean sunset:
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Strolled up the beach from Vista Bella to Hotel Playa Negra for lunch.
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One night we headed into town, Paraiso (stopping as usual at Latinos for dinner) to watch the bulls.
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Latinos:
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Festival of the Bulls:
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Part 1 -- Part 2 -- Part 3

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Costa Rica Part 1

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Headed to Costa Rica for Xmas with my cousin Kelly, her friend Jocelyn and Jocelyn's exchange student Miki. We stayed at Vista Bela B&B where Sonny was our gracious host. It was relaxing and beautiful.
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Headed to Costa Rica for Christmas
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We were on the west side of the country, so no hot springs or rainforests, but amazing beaches and a Christmas Day bar crawl in Tamarindo.
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We stayed the night of the bar crawl in at Hotel Gardenia Tamarindo. I made the original reservation for room for 3 as Miki was a last inute add, and the owner was NOT HAPPY about 4 of us staying in the studio room, after a bar crawl. But for $20 American, he chilled out.  I thought it would be better to stay in a hotel after a bar crawl, but would just stay in one of the hostels next time.
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