Beautiful Beach, Bad Weather
Trip Start Nov 20, 2009
106Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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We finally arrived at Zancudo where the bus let us off outside some cabinas where we asked for a room. We were there completely out of season and we immediately got the impression the locals were wondering what the hell we were doing there! Ha! It was fine getting a room but had to wait while it was prepared, and so went out and got food. We went to an Italian restaurant and again the owners were very surprised to have customers! We talked to the owner and he informed us the reason it is the 'off season' for visitors is that it has been raining practically non-stop for the last 3 weeks.
Next day we woke up and found that our luck with the whether seemed to be with us. It was a beautiful sunny day! After b'fast we got ourselves straight to the beach we had come to see. Zancudo beach is black sand, stretches as far as you can see, is wide and shallow. If it wasn't for a strong lateral current it would have perfectly fitted its description in the guide book of a 'picture perfect swimming beach'. Because of the season we also had it completely to ourselves. We spent the whole morning on the beach until just after midday when the clouds gathered and began to roll in bringing a bit of rain. Spent the rest of the day lazing around, had some lunch, talked to the owner of our cabinas (a Spanish expat) who was a very nice bloke and very accommodating. In the evening we went for a night time walk along the beach but it was so dark we had to come back after a short time. Love the noises of the tropical frogs that were out enjoying the wet whether.
Following day turned out to be almost identical. Whether was not as good as the prev. day but still bright and warm so we spent the morning on the beach again, and then at exactly the same time the clouds rolled in. We walked in the rain under our umbrellas and explored Zancudo town for a while (its just one road with a couple of grocery stores and the rest were homes, guest houses and cabinas) then spent the rest of the day relaxing.
We left on the 29th for San Jose (Alajuela) and on the whole were glad to have come here. We both agreed that is was worth it just for the first morning on the beach! Had to suffer the same long, slow journey back from Zancudo (its at the end of a dead end road) and encountered fallen branches bringing down power lines and a bad road accident on the road to San Jose.