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Feb 16, 2019 - CoCo Beach 2

We are enjoying being here in Coco Beach with picture perfect weather and the yin yang of the place. The time share-compound is fabulous. Our apartment is big and spotless like no one has ever lived here. The grounds are pristine and the office and restaurants are modern and up-to-date. Then there is the town. There is little or no trash, but everything looks old and run down. There is little or no need for weatherproofing buildings, so the restaurants are open under corrugated metal, rusty roofs, as are most of the shops. The grocery store...

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Feb 10, 2019 - CoCo Beach

Coco Beach is an unrefined beach town on the Pacific. It is not yet a tourist town, but it is a place with many timeshare living accommodations. We were invited by our Boise friends, Karlene and Tom, to spend a week with then in one of their time shares. It is top notch with fabulous, manicured grounds, swimming pools, shops, and restaurants. We also got access to the timeshare Beach Club. One of the first things we did was rent a golf cart to tour the town and check out the Beach Club. It was warm, and in the afternoon, almost hot. We are...

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Feb 23, 2018 - Coming to the End

Wow, we leave tomorrow for home. Today is hot and humid, more so than any day so far. We agree that it's time to head back and hear that Seattle is cold and snowy. It will be quite the contrast hailing an Uber at SeaTac, 2 am, wearing flip flops. I will miss the warmth of the climate and people here. They have been universally helpful and eager to show off their country (Well, except for that one taxi man). I love meeting travelers from other countries and my own, exchanging views. We have met conservative and liberal people who we've had...

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Feb 21, 2018 - How hard is it to enjoy a beach and warm water?

Not hard. We wake up to birds singing and breakfast on the patio. Fruit and pancakes are are our staple. Then into a suit and taking a walk on the beach to get a start on our steps. Decisions, decisions, the red or blue hammock for some reading time. Maybe a nap. Then a swim and writing. Barb has just reminded me that we have three more days of this. How many books can we read? After the first two weeks being so intense this final down week is moving in slow motion. The water is too rough for paddle boarding but I am hopeful there will be a...

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Feb 20, 2018 - Playa Samara

We had a rather grueling day yesterday; traveling from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific, but made it at last to the Playa Samara. It is a perfect way to wind down the trip; sun, sand, hammocks, palm trees and alcohol. The water here is warm, which seems wrong to me as it is the Pacific, but the nice long shallow sand helps keep everything warmed up. I walked along the beach today and came across pelicans fishing; there must have been a shoal of fish out there as they were busy diving, surfacing, flying up to circle around and repeating...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Exploring the Arenal Rainforest

What a day. We started with breakfast here at Chateau Nicholas after arriving by bus yesterday to greeting from John and Cathy, former New Yorkers, and their three great danes. Beautiful place with native landscaping and lots of birds. We sat in rocking chairs outside watching the birds trying to catch just the right shot. This place overlooks Lake Arenal created 38 years ago when a dam was built. Balo and Emilie arrived today at the appointed hour, 9:30 and we were off to visit the Arenal Hanging Bridge Park which is 600 acres of protected...

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Feb 5, 2018 - From sweaters to flipflops

Today was luxuriously relaxing. We had breakfast overlooking the local canyon, with several blue top-knotted birds awaiting any leftovers. Then relaxing pool-side, where I had an entertaining conversation with a young bather who kept telling me something about my eyes - I am thinking "is something wrong with my eye, in my eye, what???" Turns out that she liked the color... Later in the day we went down to the river and were rather ceremoniously painted with mud with what appeared to be a house painting brush. After drying to a lovely ash...

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Feb 4, 2018 - We arrive!!!

We arrived today at about 3 pm in Liberia; the airport city in the north of Costa Rica. I felt quite enthralled to see our cab driver holding a card with my name on it - somehow, that always makes me feel taken care of. We are staying at a hotel in the countryside near one of the volcanos and I am pretty sure that the name of the lodge translates to "lodge by the canyon of the old woman; which somehow seems appropriate... There is a lovely pool with a swim up bar and apparently we can set up a volcano mud bath and scrub, which sounds...

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Jan 30, 2018 - Jan 30 - 31, 2018 - Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tuesday January 30 & Wednesday January 31, 2018 I love the mornings here, the air is so much cooler – down to a fresh 23C 𯘄. Breakfast is delightful; they make their own yogurt and granola here as well. The question of the day – what shall we do on this glorious day? Heh, let’s head to the beach, watch the surfers, and when the sun gets too hot, let’s head to our pool. How novel. And at 4:30pm, let’s plunk ourselves down at a beach bar and have Happy Hour and watch the sunset. And so it went for our two days in Tamarindo, beach, pool,...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

Our next stop was the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the beaches of Tamarindo. “Tamagringo” hasn’t earned its nickname for nothing; it is quite a holiday destination for loud Americans. It is also a famous surfing spot with lots of surf schools dotted along the beach. We had a really nice apartment with a kitchen so we enjoyed getting away from the hostels and backpacker trail for a bit. We did a fair bit of swimming and beach combing. We also did a night turtle nesting tour in Ostional Wildlife Reserve, a trio of beaches protected for...

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Nov 24, 2017 - This is how they do it in Costa Rica

Today we reached our 9th country, Costa Rica! It was along day, starting with a 2 hour chicken bus around Ometepe Island to get a hour ferry to the mainland. Then we got a 45 min taxi to the border. The border crossing was relatively painless, kind of a bit weird walking for 20 mins in basically no mans land between the border offices. Then we got another chicken bus for 2 hours to our hostel for the night in Liberia in northern Costa Rica. Liberia is basically a small industrial town which is the center for the surrounding ranchers and...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Rincon de Vieja Volcano

We are up early to get back to the National Park this morning at opening time, 8am. We go straight into the park and walk the trail to see the geothermal activity from the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. On the way, the path takes us across 3 bridges and past a beautiful waterfall and we are constantly on the lookout for wildlife. We see quite a few birds, a Black Guan, and then a treat, two Curassows, a male and a female together, also a frog that is very well disguised in the mud and another snake, however, this one is well up in a high tree....

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