Driving to the coast

Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
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Trip End Apr 07, 2010


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Where I stayed
Los Suenos Marriot Ocean Hotel

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, April 5, 2010

Today we start our second part of our Costa Rica adventure. After our breakfast, and checking out the driver (Jimmy) brought us back to the airport, or actually the car rental place near the airport. Here we picked up our rental a chubby 4x4 Toyota RAV 4. Luckily not too new, so if we would to add any scratches it would not be noticed easily, We drove off towards the
coastal area (Jaco). Quite an easy drive (as long as you have a GPS system in the car that is). I really don't know how people would navigate the roads without one, as street names or numbers are hard to find (if there are at all). Our GPS directed us towards some mountain roads ending up on a new 'highway' that brought us to the Coastal area. From there it was only a few miles to Jaco and our next stop the Marriot resort. Back to civilization, or at least the
American interpretation of civilization that is. The resort was all that you would expect from such, a big pool filled with tourists that would probably never leave the grounds. The restaurant serving burgers and the rooms equipped with big flat screen TV's. A nice break from the health spa but not a place I could be in for more than a day or two. That evening we tried the recommended restaurant Villa Caleta. The restaurant has an idyllic location on the top of a cliff
overlooking the coast line. The restaurant is part of a boutique hotel on the Jaco coast. Built as a roman / French villa. We were just in time to have a glimps of the sunset. But we quickly asked for a table inside when it got dark, as the mosquitoes were overtaking the dining area. The restaurant set high expectations, but unfortunately the food could not live up to these. The quality of the food was mediocre.After dinner we went back to the hotel to relax and enjoy civilization.

The next day we had breakfast delivered to our room, and left the hotel at noon. We drove along the coast which became boring after an hour or so. The Jaco coastal area is pretty touristic, and consists of billboards for condo's, lots and other real estate offered to the American tourist. A nice looking restaurant on top of a little hill caught our eyes (Castillo Monterey), we tried it out for a small bite. We were pleasantly surprised, I had a coconut shrimp soup, and Linda a rice and chicken dish. Both very nicely prepared and very tasty.

JL.

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