We decided that sleeping in a bit wouldn’t be a bad way to start off our first full day in Costa Rica. Breakfast in the restaurant was full of choices, and both of us ate way too much again. With our stomachs full we packed for a day trip down to Manuel Antonio, a national park along the Pacific coast. We made our first stop in a town called Jaco, where we bought some bug-spray and for Soph to grab a coffee. After a brief walk up and down the street we were back on our way. It was well after noon when we found a taqueria near the park called Sancho’s where we stopped to have a bite to eat. The place was awesome. It was run by a native Californian who hustled around to take care of all of the patrons. I just looked it up and it has a great rating from Tripadvisor as well: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g309274-d1869021-Reviews-Sancho_s-Manuel_Antonio_National_Park_Province_of_Puntarenas.html
Sophie decided to
get a Jamaican fruit popsicle and quickly managed to spill it on her white top before we took off back down the road and onto the national park. (I am sure she loves me sharing that) We drove by the aggressive street vendors, trying to get us to buy tours or park, and found a parking lot. A gentleman approached us offering day excursions when we told him that we were looking to hike the park on our own, only to find out that the park is closed on Mondays. Excellent news…. So we decided to make the drive back to Jaco and do some souvenir shopping. It ended up being a great choice as I found the most amazing painted masks. The woman who ran the shop didn’t speak much English but she gave me a paper that talked about how the masks were made by the Boruca Indians. After some negotiating I had one of my very own. We hit several more shops before rain came forcing us back to our vehicle and on the road home.
Back at the resort we
decided to hit the swim up bar again before dinner. After which we had a drink and enjoyed the band led by a guy named Mario singing 80’s classics such as Airsupply and Journey. Monteverde cloud forest and an early morning were ahead of us so we found our way back to the room.
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