We spent the night in one of the most basic hotels that I have ever experienced, with the possible exception of a place that we stayed in Guerro Negro in Baja back in the 1990s. But, the place had a/c and it generally met our needs. We were able to see the Olympics (in espanol) on the bar TV and that was good enough.
Next morning we
Nosara. The road was paved for awhile, but
then degraded into a heavily traveled, bumpy,
dusty road for 20 km or so.
The photos below are what we saw.
While Costa Rica is considered the best Banana Republic, it is
somewhat "third world". Witness the above truck
us on the main highway "at speed" with the
fellow riding on top in flip flops. We
were not sure what he was carrying, but it was
over the capacity of the vehicle.
These vehicles are robust and famous
world-wide: the Toyota Land Cruiser. But you cannot
get this configuration in the U.S.
We were on the road to Nosara and spotted
this termite nest in a tree. Note the mud tube coming
out of the bottom
of the nest. This allows the termites to get to the ground
without suffering predators.
We got to Villa Mango and were pleasantly surprised. Our
bathroom was an open-air room; we were on the 2nd level, so
there were no peepers, but they did have curtains
The common area was on an open terrace.
The place had a very nice pool with warm water.
There was a nice view of the ocean from the terrace
and from our room.
There were several horses on site, but
mom was not that happy about us touching junior. Junior was ok
with it but mom
tried to bite me several times. Having had horses
for 15 years, you learn to "read the ears". When the ears go
back, it is time to retreat which is exactly what we did.
The bedroom was nicely appointed.
We went to the beach for sunset and dinner. It was very beautiful.
Nosara is big with
the yoga community and we saw several folks
on the beach doing their poses.
The pool deck had a nice view of the ocean too.
The breakfast table was made of one big slab of
native tropical hardwood.
was in bloom
outside our room.
Our balcony had a nice view of the Nosara
Cliffs. Note that in the dry season (now) the landscape gets
There was some odd structure in the
distance. The next day we would go check it out.
We drove to the beach for lunch and spotted this critter
along the dirt
There was pretty substantial surf at
Nosara; it is a
popular surfing spot and we were told that it is world-famous among
Lunch time was low tide so
we walked on the wet sand.
There were a number of very nice places right on the beach.
There were a number of folks out in the surf, but given
the rocky bottom, that seemed a bit dicey.
The wave action produced significant spray when
the waves hit the rocks.
The odd structure we could see in the distance
was right next to the beach. I have no idea what
this is other than odd.
Low tide exposed the rocky coastline so we went out looking for
This small copter-like device overflew
our position. This looks very dicey.
There were nice homes just above the beach.
I spotted this creature in the tide pool and thought
it was a turtle, but when I went to touch it with my knife, it
applied suction and fixed
itself to the
I could not pry it off with the point of the knife, but
then I did not try that hard for fear of
hurting it. I think this is a
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