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Feb 7, 2020 - Coming Home

After four weeks in beautiful Costa Rica we'll be heading home tommorrow. We've been less active then in past years as Christine is still dealing with back and leg problems since her surgery in September. Still we enjoyed the sun and warm weather, the beach just minutes from our condo, snorkeling with our guides Jaume and Rene, breakfast at the waffle monkey, the magpie-jay who visited us in the morning and just enjoying the slower pace of life in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

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Feb 1, 2020 - Unusual Weather

We've had some odd weather the last few days as it's been cloudy and humid. Things really went weird when it rained on Wednesday while we were at lunch on the Flamingo beach. According to the locals it's the first time it's rained here in January since 2004. Things cleared up the next day and more normal hot and dry weather returned. We snorkeled again with Jaume and Rene, this time our friend Jan joined us for a wonderful time on, and in, the water. Some pictures attached, including a new friend, George the pelican who wanted to snorkel with...

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Jan 28, 2020 - Paradise

Still enjoying a beautiful time here in paradise. Our friend Jan arrived on Saturday so we have been exploring Tamarindo, visiting various restaurants, walking the beach and boogie boarding in the surf. Planned snorkel trip had to be postponed unil Friday due to problems with boat motor. We had a lovely anniversery dinner at Fish and Cheeses, one of our favorite restaurants in Langosta. Pura Vida!

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Jan 23, 2020 - Still Chillin'

It's been overcast for the last few days which is really unusual for this time of year. The good news is the clouds helped create some beautiful sunsets. Today the sun is bright, no clouds, and a great day for a walk on the beach. All is well and we're enjoying our time in paradise.

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Jan 19, 2020 - Relaxing

We've spent the last several days relaxing and enjoying the Pura Vida lifestyle. Sitting on the beach or standing in the surf we've been watching the crazy pelicans as they dive for their dinner. The fly about 20' in the air, tuck in their wings and do a head down corkscrew dive into the water. Invariably they surface with a fish in their mouth which they swallow whole and then get airborne and do it again. They don't seem fazed by swimmers as they will suddenly dive only a few feet away while you are standing in the surf. We also watched a...

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Jan 15, 2020 - Snorkel

Tuesday we had a very nice lunch at the Beach House Restaurant in Potrero before our planned boat trip and snorkel adventure. We were picked up on the beach by Jaume and ferried out to the It's Better at Sea for our trip. It's been quite windy the last couple of days but Jaume and Rene, the captain, were very careful that we were all comfortable and not too wet on the trip to a snorkeling cove. Jaume swam with us as we floated around viewing fish and sea urchens in the clear water. We moved to a second spot where the water was even clearer...

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Jan 13, 2020 - Arrived

Arrived on schedule on Saturday, picked up a car and drove to Tamarindo. Stopped at a "soda", a typical small Costa Rican restaurant for lunch. Arrived at the condo without difficulty and after looking around emailed the owner to get a few issued squared away. A maintenance man fixed most items on Sunday so now all is good. Erik rented a golf cart to tear around town while Christine and I more leisurely enjoy the beach and the pool.

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Jan 4, 2020 - Costa Rica......Plays Ocotel

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...

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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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