Random Thoughts Trip Diaries

Costa Rica Trip Day 2

We got up relatively early, and explored Margarita’s a little bit.  I believe we were the only ones staying there.

Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Palm Tree at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Kitty at Margarita's

Flowers at Margarita's

Pool and such at Margarita's

View from Margarita's

Corinne and Morgan at Margarita's\

Margarita's

Butterflies and Flowers at Margarita's

Morgan and Parrots at Margarita's

Parrots at Margarita's

Margarita's

Margarita's

Morgan in the rental car

After hearing several stories from Margarita, and some tips for where we should go, we rented a car and headed off to Manuel Antonio.  The GPS almost immediately got us lost, as we headed up a road that was only a road in the sense that there were not trees there.  Other than that, there were some rocks in a clearing, so I guess that was road enough for us!  We drove for a little bit until the GPS told us to take a right at the same time that we were going under what was clearly a well paved highway.  However, there was no way onto said highway.  So after attempting  a couple other bike trails, we realized we were not getting on that highway.  So we went back down the way we came, forced the GPS to recalculate route, and it to0k us through some roller coaster like winding roads, that were blessedly paved, and eventually onto the right highway.

Couple observations as we were driving:  First off, it’s oddly comforting to notice that there are dickhead drivers everywhere.  Shortly after that you realize that it’s not just that there are dickhead drivers in Costa Rica, but rather that they are all crazy.  And when you get into the mountainous roads near Jaco, it gets even worse.  Nevertheless, it is beautiful, we survived, and managed to snap off these photos.

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

We also got stuck in our first Costa Rica traffic jam!  Turns out there would be a few more to come.

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

 

 

 

Margarita told us about a spot where you could stop and check out crocodiles on the way.  And she was right!  So we had to stop

Crocodiles!

Crocodiles!

Jurassic Park

Morgan and Corinne in Jurassic Park

 

Crocodiles!

Crocodiles!

On the drive from San Jose

Then we continued on the rest of the drive.  For the record, I may have been singing the Jurassic Park soundtrack in my head the whole time.

On the drive from San Jose

On the drive from San Jose

Stopping just outside Jaco

 

Stopping just outside Jaco

Stopping just outside Jaco

Stopping just outside Jaco

Stopping just outside Jaco

Parrita

Palm Trees

Then we arrived at Villa Azul in Manuel Antontio (the place we were renting)

Villa Azul

We got a brief glimpse of the view, but were a little early for check in, so decided to get some lunch from Barba Roja down the street.

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Yeah, it was lovely.

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Corinne loves to say “typical Morgan shot” and take pictures like that one.

Rain over the ocean

 

I was trying to capture the rain over the ocean with this shot.

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Notice the umbrella in the hair.

Stopping for lunch at Barba Roja

Umbrella drink #2

Villa Azul

 

 

Back to Villa Azul, which was far more beautiful than the pictures could describe it.

Corinne on the balcony at Villa Azul

From Villa Azul

The Jacuzzi at Villa Azul

Jacuzzi at Villa Azul

Villa Azul

At this point we were pretty wiped from our white knuckle driving, and so we picked up some food and rum from the nearby store, and had a very relaxing evening.

Rum

3 Liter of Sprite

Coconut cookies

Corinne and Donuts!

Turns out if you mix rum with various fruit juices it’s really really deliciouszzzzzzzzzzzz…………

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