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Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 13 David’s Place in Quepos

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 13 David's Place in Quepos Our time at the all inclusive Flamingo Resort is over, but checkout isn't until noon, so we will get one more omelette, one more chiliguaro and one more shower. We bought a few gifts from Cecilia on the beach. All of the beaches in Costa Rica are public and there are many entrepreneurs parked right out front of the hotel. We messaged our host in Quepos, David, that we would be arriving around 6pm and Chelsey took the wheel. We made one stop for Casados and banos. While we were eating we noticed the tree above was moving slightly. Hundreds of leaf cutter ants. We checked our seats and checked our feet needless to say. No ants, let's hit the road. The highway to Quepos is one lane. If there is an accident, and there were two, traffic stops [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: Travel|0 Comments

Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Days 11 & 12 Flamingo Resort

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Days 11 & 12 Flamingo Resort I've been catching up on blogging with our downtime by the pool. Not much has happened the past few days, the typical resort activities, swim up bars, swimming in the ocean and coming back to hot showers. The food is fantastic and the pizza bistro has gluten free pasta for Chelsey. We have one more day of resort life then we head to Quepos for our last 3 nights and I think we are both ready. A girl's high school soccer team from the US is here with their obnoxious drunk parents shouting Pura Vida at the swim up bar every time they get a refill. We did meet a nice couple from Chicago, Karen and John, who shared lychee fruit with us at the pool. So far other than a few mosquito, spider and fire ant bites we [...]

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Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 10 Coco Loco 4th of July

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 10 Coco Loco 4th of July We woke up in our warm humid Cabina Blanca and packed up for our trip to Quepos, 5 hours south. We ate more left overs on the roof and said goodbye to Azuzu the cat. We didn't realize how far Quepos was and wanted to get there by 5:30pm for the 4th of July party on the marina. As we left town I realized we were almost out of gas so we opted to turn around and head towards Tamarindo where we knew there was a gas station. By this point we knew we would not make it to Quepos in time for the start of the party and started toying around with the idea of rearranging our trip. Quepos is 5 hours south, Puerto Jimenez is another 5 hours south and the hall back to San Jose [...]

By | July 8th, 2017|Categories: Travel|0 Comments

Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 9 Catamaran

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 9 Catamaran We woke up with the sun around 6am and couldn't fall back asleep because of humidity and temperature. It wasn't horrible but we figure we'd get an early start. After a quick cold shower we heated left over pollo Casado and had that with orange juice on the roof with the resident iguana and cat who Chelsey named azucar, or azuzu for short. Azuzu befriended us after some chicken skin treats. Emma from Carpe Diem had booked us a tour with Panache Catamaran Tours today. We drove to the edge of Protrero beach and paid a local the "required" $4 to watch our car and the other local wearing a Panache shirt $60 per person for the tour. The tour starts with surrendering your shoes and taking a long boat to the actual catamaran. The Catamaran is very nice with 3 bathrooms, [...]

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Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 8 Diamanté Ecological Park

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 8 Diamanté Ecological Park The Today we decided that 2 nights at one place isn't enough. 3 nights is good and 4 is just right. But we were ambitious and wanted to see it all so today we left the Sanctuary. Everyone here has been living together for at least the last month and there is a strong community vibe. They do a family dinner every Sunday and all chip in around the facility. We exchanged contact info and said our goobyes. Harriet wanted to walk us out to the car and wish us safe travels. She was about to burst and had to tell us something. "Guess what!?" she exclaimed. "Adam and I are pregnant!!" She almost cried she was so happy. It was wonderful to share that moment and we really wished we could stay longer and celebrate with them. Harriet had [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 7 Playa Flamingo

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 7 Playa Flamingo Today began with eggs, avocado, mango, howler monkeys and yoga. Time is loosely defined in Costa Rica but yoga starts at 10am sharp at the Sanctuary. So far all three of our Airbnb beds have been much more firm than I'm used to but I think my body is getting used to them, I slept great last night. The stoves also take some time to get used to and this morning we had overhard eggs. Partially because of the wonky stove but also because the fresh eggs look different when they cook, they still look completely raw when they are overeasy. After breakfast we hear screaming on the back patio, Chelsey thought it was children and I thought it must be howler monkeys! I had read on Airbnb reviews that they sound like screams so I had an idea and right [...]

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