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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Costa Rica - Part 4


We were up very early for coffee and breakfast before heading out. Debbie and Gary got up to see us off, we are positive it was to make sure we left. They were part of the dance crew the night before. It was a short boat ride across the river to the landing strip.

Here is a picture of the plane that came in to get us. It came down the runway, came to a screeching halt and did a quick turn. There were some young girls from another lodge and their breakfast on paper plates went flying. Everyone was scrambling to catch something that was blowing away. Gary ran for his hat that was blown off.

It was a pretty awesome flight to San Jose as we were above the clouds and flying between the mountains. I was impressed with the views as well as the skill of the pilots.

We were met at the airport by Henry, our driver for the day. He drove us through the mountains along a roller coaster road that took approximately three hours to get to the west coast.

Our hotel was the Hotel Parador Boutique Resort and Spa in Manuel Antonio near the Manuel Antonio National Park, Punta Quepos. It was really a very nice place, a little too fancy for us perhaps. We were greeted at the front desk with a cool cloth soaked in something that smelled nice and a fruit drink.

As you can see the views overlooking the Pacific were spectacular!!

We got settled in and made arrangements for a sail on a catamaran for the next morning. Then we hiked down to the beach. There were a few people there, but not too many and we took a little walk.

Found some yard art, but too big to bring it home with us.

Kids having fun.

Then we had the hike back up... I actually was proud of myself, I didn't have a heart attack on the way back up.

We relaxed in the deck chairs looking at the view when we returned, waiting for happy hour (6 to 7 pm) and had dinner reservations for 7:30.

After dinner, it was an early night again as we would be up early the next morning.

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