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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 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 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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Feb 16, 2014 - Day of Rest @the Beach

We elect not to participate in today's tour at Leatherback Turtles National Park. We would have gone if there was a chance to see the turtles but there was not; only visible at night at certain times of the year. Instead we spend the day at the pool, at least for as long as we can. It is so windy that we can't use the umbrellas and the sun is so hot we fear burning, so we are cautious. It is a very relaxing day at a beautiful resort. This really is a fabulous deal. We found out that the rooms like ours go for $450 a night in season like...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Guanacaste

Good thing we took a few photos of the Arenal Volcano as we came to Fortuna because all day yesterday it was not visible. As we leave this morning we can see just a bit of it! We are now on the way to the province of Guanacaste and the Pacific coast. Long drive but nothing like what we have in the states between the Atlantic and Pacific. Along the way we stop at Tilarin to again visit a rainforest and traverse the Hanging Bridges. Unfortunately, I can only do the short route. The longer one is an hour and half and I just can' t do...

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Feb 11, 2014 - Turtles and relaxation

Today was our relaxation day so only one activity was planned so many of our group decided to take it easy and not leave the hotel but not the 6 of us. The optional tour was to go to the leatherback nesting beaches so we were all exciting for our spouses to see and hear about the leatherback project we had done the week before. Once we go to the beach, we strolled along the same area that we had traversed previously, but now in the daylight and headed to the hatchery. Because of our experiences we were able to give a little more depth to...

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Feb 5, 2014 - Day 9

We are nearing the end of our wonderful experience at the Goldring Research Center here and need to make these last 18 hours count by squeezing in as much as possible. Our trusty van has broken down so we all pile into the truck bed of the small well-used vehicle and take a very dusty ride back to Tike's Place for another great breakfast. After we finish our meals and take the last sips of our coffee, we pile back into the truck and speed back to the center to get ready for our afternoon of snorkeling and swimming. We will be heading to a...

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