Manuel Antonio...or, rather, the Iguana Files.

Trip Start Jul 12, 2006
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Trip End Aug 2007


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Monday, February 19, 2007

         Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica...gorgeous, but hot!  I was granted the opportunity to visit this lovely tourist attraction the weekend of February 17th.  My cousin decided to do a destination wedding, and while all the other guests had to fly in from various cities and states, I only had to hop over from San Jose! My Aunt Betty flew in Friday night, bringing with her a traveler's nightmare, thanks to American Airlines.  We headed out from San Jose mid-day on Saturday, and got to Manuel Antonio halfway through the rehearsal dinner...like, 7:30pm.  Waaaayyy too long, and it wasn't even a public bus! It was a shuttle, that did pickups and drop offs...they didn't mention they do it ANYWHERE, including upper crust Uppity McUpperstein private resorts that have private drives that take 20 minutes to get to the reception....and 20 minutes back out to the main road.  Throw a couple of these in, and there ya go...waaay too much time tacked on to the travel.  Oh, and then there was the German lady who dragged us on some goose chase to get to her Apartahotel; I'm talkin' dirt roads and chickens running around.  Then she made the driver go in with her, and kept him there for a good half hour...something about a voucher.  Who knows.
        We were supposed to stay at the Blue Monkey, but they botched up the first two nights of our reservation, so they bumped us to this condo they own. It was like getting bumped from coach to First Class.  It was a full little house...couch, overstuffed (yet still not comfortable, thank you so much Costa Rican furniture standards) chairs, a bedroom with a huge bed, a sun room with a really comfortable futon, Adirondack chairs and an AMAZING view; oh, full kitchen, too.  With JUICE in the fridge!  We stayed there two nights; our last night was Sunday night, the night of the wedding.  It was gorgeous; sunset on the beach, margaritas and lemonade for all...and the bride and groom made such a handsome couple!  We went up to the Tulemar (this is the resort where my cousins (Sarah and her (now) husband Jason, and her brother Nathan and his girlfriend Jen) were staying) resort restaurant for the reception dinner, where there was a huge spread, buffet style.  It was just really laid back, which was awesome.  
         While in Manuel Antonio, I hung out almost exclusively with my Aunt, and we did a lot of reading. At the beach, by the pool...it was really relaxing, which is exactly what I was after.  It was a total treat to be able to take a vacation, and have it feel like I wasn't having to scrounge by ($4 a room? That sounds right! ) on my stipend money.  Not that I have a problem with that, but...it was really nice.  Thanks, Betty, Sarah, and Jen!  Oh, and one day, Betty and I went on a nature walk with a group and a guide...we saw bats, and an anteater, and sloths, and monkeys *FINALLY!*, and learned all sorts of things that I've already forgotten about the local plants and trees.  Some things were poisonous, and I'll try to remember that when I'm lost in the jungle some day.  And, by remember, I mean 'probably forget and perish alone, but at least not cold.' 
          Oh yeah! There were about a billion Iguanas...everywhere you turned.  It was pretty cool.  They aren't very friendly, and don't like it when you try and touch their tails (FYI, guys...).   Here are some pictures to illustrate my sweet mini-vacation...enjoy!
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