After our adventure filled first week on the Caribbean side, I suppose most places would feel tame. Manuel Antonio, feels just that...while it is beautiful with out question, it feels a bit like a tourist trap, lots of everyone. Don´t get me wrong there are worse places to be ¨trapped¨;-p
Driving here from Suquirres was a test of our driving skills as the main highway was closed due to falling boulders (damn emerging countries). We had to detour on a two lane (one each direction) winding (very winding) road through the mountains. Quite beautiful and it was a kick to see how these tico´s were going all out with the Christmas decorations already, I have never seen so many nativity scenes in my life! Made the now 5 hour drive go by a little faster...props to Nick for taking the initiative and going around 3 cars and two semi´s on this narrow road so we could actually make it to San Jose in 5 hours as opposed to 8 ;-)
We are staying at the Issimo Suites in MA, have to say, we are pretty pimped out and stoked. Our hotel is in the middle of all the really super pricey hotels, so we have the same view, same road etc. Our room is a full suite, with a private balcony looking at the jungle and sea, ceiling to floor windows, pool looking out at the sea, full breakfast in the morning etc. Only $149 a night, amazing!
The monkey´s run this place for sure...they come ever morning and jump around outside our window until I wake up and bring them a treat...There are two different types of Monkey´s, our favorite (and endangered) are the TiTi´s, or called the little squirrel monkeys and the other is the white face bigger monkeys (out break monkey). We have named one, as while we were watching them a bird hit our window and he reached out grabbed the bird and bit his head off and ate him, his name is Ozzy. (oh my)
We have gone down to the National Park area here, unfortunately we have never been in, as it was raining and they closed it. To be honest we didn´t have much want to go in as we did a lot of exploring in the Cahuita Park in the South side of our journey and it is a much bigger park, so we had our fill of park wild life. P.s- is it bad that I wanted to put the baby sloth we saw in my back pack and take it home, sooo darn cute!
Th public beach (free beach) outside of the park while scenic, is what has turned me a bit off of Manuel A., it is overrun with pushy vendors and just so many people, and we are here in the slow season! Regardless we have, found some secluded spots to chill...and some really cool fellow tourists to take our pictures ;-p Is it weird that this nice gay couple wanted to take pictures of the art on our backs?
We also went to Playa Herradura Esterillos Este and to take a look at Jaco. All three were cool, a younger surfer vibe for sure. I really dug Herradura, it was a huge beach and almost empty, it's a place a lot of tico's go to party. I would have liked to stay a few night in this area...
All right, this is it, heading home!
My wrap up notes to follow!