|On Dec 28th we flew into Liberia after uneventful flights from Vancouver, BC to Denver Colorado, USA and on to Liberia, Costa Rica. After spending $35 for 2 coffees, 2 waters and a croisant, we were picked up by Sixth and taken to their car rental agency where we rented a small economy vehicle for the 10 days we are here. We headed west to Coco Beach where we met the property manager at the Subway, did a minimal shopping in the extremely expensive automercado and were taken to Vista Ocotal....at the bottom of the mountain with no view! We were shown to our 'Home Away'...a 3 bedroom unit with a pool mere steps away. We had a breakfast, a nap and a swim. We followed this with a walk on the beach....maybe 2 blocks away but within view. We drove to Playa Azul and shared a lunch. Next we drove the 3 miles....20 minutes....back to Coco Beach. We turned left and went to the beach. Long stretches of sand..like Ocotel and with lots of boats and venders. What fun!
The next morning we were up early to meet our son, Tav, and his family. Josh and Avery were delighted to find the pool so close...and went swimming.
We have spent a pleasant week. We have gone to see Mount Arenal, the volcano. We had a side trip in to La Fortuna, Guanacasta by mistake. Howerver when we did get to Vulcan Arenal we had a pleasant hike in misting rain to a 50 foot waterfall divided by 2....20 foot falls. We walked 1000m through forest and flower bushes trails. We stopped to go through a small museum detailing eruptions and wildlife. We realized we had seen collared arancis....similar to a small toucan. We had stopped at a resort on the side of the volcano were Tav and Erin had stayed in a cabin in 2007. We did not see the place were we had stayed in 2008. The area had certainly grown up with rainbow eucalyptus and surrounding fences....and a guard along with an entry fee.
The next day was spent by the pool, visiting Father Rooster's for lunch, the Coco Beach Club and beach walks. Howler monkeys provided amusement with their deep calls...mistaken for howling dogs...oops.
Today, we drove to Tamarindo stopping at Playa Grande for lunch. All these beautiful sandy beaches have treacherous rip tides. With the tide out, both children waded briefly in the shallows.
New Year's Eve we walked to and along the beach to find the ideal spot to watch 12 MN fireworks. They did not disappoint. Along the beach, groups of people gathered with us. We wished one another Feliz Anno Nuevo before heading home to bed. Resorts and houses on the mountainsides were lit with Christmas lights....a delight.
On Monday morning we leave to go to Granada, Nicaragua by bus. Tav, Erin and children fly home on the 7th. Time has flown by.