Blogs from Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 10


We left Monteverde by van & headed to Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. On the way we stopped at the crocodile bridge to have a look at those bad boys. As we descended from the cool highlands it got very hot. We got there at 2pm & headed straight for the beach where we bought a bbq lunch . After this we went for a swim & hung out there for the rest of the day. The next morning I had fried plantains on the beach for breakfast, an old woman cooked them in situ. Then we visited the Manuel Antonio National Park. With our guide we were practically tripping over sloths, monkeys, frogs & deer. The ticket is multi-entry for the day so Paul & me returned after lunch to snorkel off the ... read more
Crocodile Bridge
Manuel  Antonio

Our initial bad impressions of Costa Rica´s capital, San Jose were confirmed on our way back through. We were almost mugged between the taxi and the hostal, a distance of only about 30 feet, in broad daylight! Scott saw it all coming when a man walking along suddenly ducked behind a parked van out almost of sight and started fiddling with his bulging sock, presumably getting ready to pull out a gun or knife! A passer-by across the street saw it all, too, and motioned to us to come back. We did, and the guy knew his cover was busted and so walked away, looking over his shoulder at us the whole time. Creepy! We got into the hostal and didn´t leave until we had to the next morning! The strange thing was that this was ... read more
Rainforest flower
Three toed sloth
Monkey business

Hola! Happy New Year again to all of you! I hope you all had fun and festive celebrations.! After our last installment, we took a boat across Laguna de Arenal to reach our transport which curved around and around and around on bumpy terrain with shear drops of unknown depth which made me gasp repeatedly! Happily we arrived in the cloud forest where we toured the rain forest with a local guide. And although I feared the swaying bridges I decided to embrace my fears and try ziplining! Why not, it's a new year for new things, right? It was breathtaking!! Although it was raining, the clouds hid the lines, and made it all the more exciting. An awesome way to ring in the new year! Now we are in Manuel Antonio where Fitch and I ... read more

Allereerst de allerbeste wensen voor een ieder die dit leest. Ik hoop dat jullie een mooie jaarwisseling hebben gehad. Ik heb wel een leuke nacht gehad in ieder geval. Na mijn laatste blog op 30 december zag het er alleen niet zo uit. Ik was echt enorm brak van de busrit. Probeerde hier wat contact te maken met mensen maar dat lukte niet echt, leek niet alsof men er onwijs voor open stond ofzo. Daarbij komt natuurlijk ook dat als je je brak voelt het contact leggen van je eigen kant ook niet zo heel soepel loopt. Ben van brakheid maar een beetje op bed gaan hangen en ben om 6 uur (!!!) al in slaap gevallen zonder avondeten en heb tot een uur of zes geslapen. Echt mijn eerste lange nacht hier. De 31e was ... read more

Vanochtend ben ik om 8 uur vertrokken uit La Fortuna om richting Manuel Antonio te gaan. Het werd eigenlijk ook wel tijd om daar weg te gaan, heb daar 4 en een halve dag gezeten, een hoop mensen ontmoet en een hoop dingen gedaan. Na die paar dagen ga je merken dat je aan de plek en aan de mensen begint te wennen en dat het eigenlijk wel mooi geweest is daar. De avond voor vertrek nog even pina colada's gedronken in een lokale karaokebar met mijn kamergenoten uit de VS (Christine en Nicole) en vervolgens een brakke nacht gehad omdat een andere kamergenoot enorm aan het snurken was. De volgende ochtend had ik 2 opties, of de lokale bus naar San Jose (4 uur) en dan de lokale bus naar Quepos (4 uur), of de ... read more


Day One: Off to Costa Rica! Today was spent traveling so there really isn't much to report. Me and two friends are headed on a ten day trip with Caravan Tours around Costa Rica. We flew out of Newark super early, landed in Georgia then headed on to Costa Rica. Here we were picked up by Caravan and brought to our hotel. I expect Costa Rica to be super warm but it was actually a bit chilly. We tried to hang out by the pool but it was too cold to stay down there for long. On top of that we all had to get together with the whole Caravan group. Pura Vida! is what we learned which is a local greeting that means Pure Life. We went over a few rules, met our tour guide ... read more

Here are some videos from Manuel Antonio. These are from the weekend of Dec 13, hope you enjoy the local wildlife! Cheers, Amy... read more

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was really nice, I went to one of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica, it's on the Pacific side. Attached are some pictures, and then tomorrow I'm off to Guanacaste, Wed and Thurs I'm in La Fortuna to see Aranal Volcano. Then on Friday I come back to San Jose and I fly home on Sunday. Hope everyone is well, I love all of your comments and messages, sorry I have not been able to respond to each one directly. Talk to you soon!... read more
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Ah, now I can leave happy. I wanted to see a monkey before I came home and I would have stayed until I saw one. A few weekends ago Steve and I headed to the Pacific coast to a small town called Quepos. Quepos is well known for its ability to provide incredible sport fishing opportunities but is also becoming a more populated area due to its proximity to Manuel Antonio. This area should be on your top 10 places to visit in Costa Rica. The beaches are fantastic and the Manuel Antonio National Park is phenomenal. Once we got to Quepos we looked at our map to see where our hostel was at and then began to hike. The area is actually quite hilly and it was pretty humid that day. We ended up making ... read more
Strange Flowers in Manuel Antonio
Poisonous Cup Mushrooms
Iguana in Manuel Antonio

Since the next time I write it will be after Thursday so.... Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s just say rice and beans doesn’t compare to a good ole American Thanksgiving, where literally the whole day is devoted to eating! Que rico! For thanksgiving, all of the students at my program here are going to a restaurant where we are going to have dinner together. The hotel is really nice and I am looking forward to spending some time with the rest of my amigos here The last trip I took was to Manuel Antonio with Danny, mi novio! Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place and the beaches inside of the National Park are gorgeous. The bus ride to MA from San Jose is great too. Compared to some of my other adventures it super easy, like 4 hours ... read more
Playa Manuel Antonio
the other side..
from up above..

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