Blogs from Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Today does not start well. After waiting for an hour for a sandwich at the hotel restaurant yesterday, we opt to have breakfast elsewhere. The old man has spotted a place in the village which does a buffet breakfast. He’s very disappointed when he discovers it’s not self service. And there’s no return visits. I’m happy with my plate of pancakes, pineapple and plantain. When I planned our trip I had hoped to stay somewhat further south, close to Las Baulas National Park, where you can take a guided tour to watch leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. However, the park is 42 miles away and the tours don’t start until after dark. We don’t fancy driving such a long distance back in the dark, late at night. We decide to visit the National ... read more
Las Baulas
Las Baulas
Las Baulas

Today we are heading to the beach; to Playa Hermosa. It’s only a 20 mile drive, so there’s time for a leisurely breakfast (apart from the bit where we have to fight tooth and nail for a go on the toaster) Then I go for a swim whilst the old man crushes his candy (not a euphemism – he really does spend several hours a day playing candy crush). As the temperature hits 32 degrees, it’s time to check out and head for the Pacific coast. It should only be a 45 minute drive, but with the old man’s faffing (he left his hat in a restaurant and insists on going back, then gets lost in Liberia’s one way system) and my faffing (stops to photograph warning signs and a giant lizard) it takes twice as ... read more
Yes, really
Monkeys crossing
Hotel el Velero

We decided to take a little tour of North Nicoya's peninsula. More than 10 years ago, I did something similar between Samara and Montezuma, and really enjoyed it. You pass through ranches, isolated forests, ford rivers,etc.. real adventure. This time, we would go from Playa Hermosa to Ostional and come back by a shortcut through the mountains. WE stopped at different little villages, looked for animals, and finally reached Ostional. Sadly, it wasn't the turtle 'arribada' season, but it's a beautiful place anyway. The big fun was to come back through the mountains. The first part of the shortcut is paved and okay. But then, it gets very narrow and seems more like a moto cross trail. At one point, you reach the watershed line and see lots of telecommunications antenna. Then you go down, first ... read more
green beetle

Sunday evening I ventured out to the pub in Punta Islita and met the owner, Miguel - a very friendly guy who is a genius chef! All the food coming out of his kitchen looks like it belongs in a 5 star restaurant. The previous week I had tried a bite of someone’s (a complete stranger’s!) hot dog and had been thinking about it all week long…so I finally went and got my own: yum. All sorts of sauces and toppings, including a slaw on top. So delicious. Totally made me ready to take on a new week. This week was slower work-wise as Sam and Maricela are back in San Jose, and Maricela is actually off for the week. My to-do list included wrapping up loose ends on site with Tom (site manager) and Chucho ... read more

An article in Travel and Leisure wrote about the places to see the bluest water in the world. I have my own choice, but here are theirs: Crater Lake The deep blue waters that fill the caldera of the sunken volcano Mount Mazama help make Crater Lake one of America’s most beautiful lakes. The deep blue waters are almost crystal clear thanks to the fact that there are no incoming streams or rivers to make the water turbid. All of this makes it ideal for scuba divers willing to brave the chilly water. Crater Lake, located in Southern Oregon, is also the deepest lake in the United States, plunging to depths of 1,943 feet, with sunlight extending 400 feet down. This is a lake that I have best seen from above, on a flight to or ... read more
Crater Lake, Oregon
Chapman Peak, South Africa
Torres del Paine, Chile

Rented a car and off we went and within 30 minutes we were lost! The road signs ( lack of) and the roads leave a lot to be desired. I know we read about the gravel roads and the pot holes, they were not exaggerating! We rented a little economy car and a few of the potholes could have sucked that little car right in! Day 1: With friend Mike in tow we headed east to visit the volcano Arenal. Although the actual distance traveled was not that far, it turned into a 12 hour round trip. (because of the roads, and traffic) As we left the coast line and started to head up the mountains, the scenery changed dramatically. I thought...."You're in the jungle baby" It was so lush, and green and over grown with ... read more
On the road again
Up up into the clouds and rain
Lush rain forest

¡Hola! (I really wish I would've started studying my Pimsleur Spanish months ago like I planned!) Well, we have been in Costa Rica for 6 days, and to call it "absolutely amazing" does not do it justice. We started our trip last Thursday by flying from Minneapolis to Liberia, CR, followed by a short car ride out to Peninsula Papagayo. We were lucky enough to join wonderful friends who helped us kick off our adventure in grand fashion! We've enjoyed great beach time, fun pool time, wonderful food and cocktails, great laughs, and amazing sightseeing. Truly a once in a lifetime experience! Our hosts were kind enough to offer their condo to us after they departed on Monday. So we've been doing more of the same, peppering studying Spanish, planning where we're headed next, and chasing ... read more

“This has got to be one of the coolest things I have seen,” writes Holly of her sea turtle sojourn on Costa Rica’s pacific coast. “Turtles are coming up from the ocean and literally covering the beach.” It’s true: the weeklong ... read more

After having posted my first impressions of Costa Rica, a month has passed by now. Two weeks of these four I’ve been travelling to Honduras and Nicaragua for my first field research phase (on success factors for collective marketing)- all by bus, which takes two days one way (Costa Rica – Honduras). It’s been an incredible amount of new impressions and information for such a short period, and I can’t give it justice in a blog like this. Just shortly, and rather on the organisational part: I’m glad that I’m a person who doesn’t need a lot of security (with regard to planning ahead), and that I’m a natural optimist. Every single time I started a new part of my trip (changed the bus) I didn’t know for sure where I would get off, and for ... read more
Puerto Viejo
Punk bird disturbing still life
More balcony wildlife

Hello Reader. I woke up at four thirty am and after only a couple of hours sleep I made my way to the bus station. I was headed to meet my next hosts in Nosara, Costa Rica on the Nicoyan Peninsula in the Pacific. I figured I’d sleep most of the six and a half hour bus trip, however once we were about two hours away, it turned from a pleasant countryside drive, to extreme off-road bussing. I clenched my teeth as the driver sped around mountain cliffs and bounced from pothole to pothole. With white knuckles I thought about how happy the cannibals, (that I would inevitably meet in the jungle) would be to have my innards pre-blended for them. They’d only need a spoon. Save on washing up. I got off just a few ... read more
Bus to Nosara
Bonfire #1
The Hostel

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