Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
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My plan was to spend just the one day here to do some diving again finally
Playas del Coco itself is a quiet beach town, not very big, with a not so nice beach but the surrounding beaches I am told are lovely. Again the theme with the weather since Panama is rain or should I say torrential downpours (I've even had to buy an umbrella as it is too hot to wear a rain jacket), one of which I was caught out in, but as I was walking back to the hostel a golf buggy pulled up beside me and the guy asked me where I was going and gave me a lift - how nice was that?!
I'd been recommended Murcielago island by a guy I'd met briefly in Panama. Three dives for $180 with bull sharks being the main attraction. Well, since I have a lot more diving planned elsewhere and the Murcielago dive doesn't happen everyday, I opted for 2 local dives - punta Argentine and Tortuga dive sites. The sites weren't very colourful but there were lots of rock formations to peek underneath
With the diving all done, it's time to hit a beachside restaurant for some seafood soup. But this wasn't just any seafood soup, this was "freshly caught seafood that very same day" soup! I opted for the small as I wasn't that hungry but it was still 5 pounds, which doesn't sound a lot to you guys in the UK BUT, you can get a 2 course meal for the same price, no less actually, over here, so it was expensive but damn ... it was GOOD - not just liquid, but 1/2 a crab with shell & pincers included, mussels, prawns, soft calamari and melt in your mouth white fish. Suffice to say it was delicious but a meal in itself and I was full afterwards!
It's time to say Goodbye to Costa Rica and move on to Nicaragua. I liked Costa Rica:
1. Friendly people
3. I found Cherry Coke!
4. plusher hostels than Panama
5. lush green landscape / very tropical, even in the rain
6. lots of adrenaline sports / tours
7. the men are obsessed with having a moustache! so funny, it's like being in the 80's (starsky & hutch style)
8. BUT Costa Rica is expensive
The further north you go, particularly on the coast, there is a huge ex-pat contingent, very Americanized. Get me back to South America before I forget all the Spanish I've learnt! Aarggghhhh!!!!!!!