Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos
Trip Start Sep 13, 2011
4Trip End Sep 22, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hotel California Manuel Antonio National Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
The following day we went to Manuel Antonio National Park (just adjacent to the public beach we visited the night before)
We spent a good amount of time at Playa Espadilla Sur. After checking out the hermit crabs for a bit we decided to go for a swim. I stood up from my towel to head down to the water, and to my surprise I looked down and saw two raccoons staring up at me. Those sneaky bandits were waiting for us to leave our bags so they could dig through them. We chased them off, but while we were in the water they kept creeping back over to our backpacks and shoes every time we weren't looking! Unfortunately for them, they weren't able to pilfer any of our belongings. Some neighboring tourists weren't so lucky though; one one of the raccoons ran off with a guy's shirt (presumably adding it to his burrow of "hot" goods).
Our time at the beach was limited because we had a sunset cruise to attend to; our boat left Marina Pez Vela that afternoon, and we cruised around the Pacific Ocean listening to music, eating fish and veggies for lunch, and drinking tasty caipiriñas
That night we wandered back to the beach for dinner at a beach-side restaurant, Las Gemelas (so much eating on this trip!) Exhausted from the eventful day (and all the eating and drinking), we headed back to Hotel California for some sleep. We had a surprise middle-of-the-night visitor that night... A gato Tico decided that it wanted to sleep on the BED. I guess all kinds of critters can climb onto your balcony and into your room if you leave the doors open! (It was not nearly as bad as the spider infestation in La Fortuna though!)
We had a half-day left to enjoy Manuel Antonio, so rather than sitting by the pool at our hotel, we headed back to the beach for a final few hours of sun. (Thankfully it wasn't raining any more). At noon we met back up with our tour group for our ride back to San Jose. I couldn't believe our trip was ending already!
We had one final night in San Jose, so we returned to Rio for an hour or so (the restaurant/bar where we discovered caipiriñas), and then met up with our tour group for a goodbye dinner at Olio
Our flight wasn't until the mid afternoon on Thursday, so we used the morning to do some last-minute exploring around downtown (with the intention of buying souvenirs, although no transactions actually took place). After a final tipical meal, we headed to the airport for our journey home. I was tired, but happy. It definitely had been a trip to remember!