So last few days in Costa Rica, and the next stop is Quepos, home of Manuel Antonio National Park, the main reason for being here. Getting there was another short journey, 3 hours or so, and on the way, we stopped at a bridge to look at… crocs. Yep, crocs which are up to 20 feet in length. Beautiful…from a distance 🙂
Where am I staying?
Hotel Sirena is in the town centre, a five minute walk to the seashore, but a 7km bus ride to the public beach. It is a proper seaside hotel, all blue and white, nice rooms and a little swimming pool that was so so needed. What was also very needed and appreciated was the cool cool A/C in the rooms. My room was light, bright and cool.
- Grubbiness factor = low. Everything was squeaky clean, but a bit tired
- Bed = 8/10. Comfy double bed, cool a/c, good night’s sleep. All good
- Shower = 7/10. Hot water and ok pressure. Not too bad.
What did I eat?
Breakfasts included in the hotel. No guesses what was on the menu – fruit, juice, tea, coffee, gallo pinto, eggs, toast – standard fare. My go to breakfast was also standard -gallo pinto and toast with my nut butter, which is almost finished, as is my chilli sauce. Boohoo.
Lunches? Meh. I went to Dos Locos for lunch one day – a veggie wrap with sweet potato fries. Now a wrap filled with raw cabbage is not something that fills me with joy. And look at the miserly serving of guac! I was not a happy bunny after this meal, or during it to be honest.
The next day we were in the park, and by the time we got out we were starving! There are no restaurants in the park, take food in at your own risk – the racoons will get it, I saw it happen a few times, leaving with goodies and very traumatised people behind! We walked into a proper tourist restaurant – Hawg and Bill for lunch – I ordered a garden salad, which actually turned out to be quite nice. The vinaigrette did most of the work I think, it was quite yummy.
Dinners? We went to a local restaurant one night, Restaurant Tiquicia and I had the usual, Casado. It was was ok, I liked the mountains of veggies. They also had that cool mixture of carrot, onion, cauliflower, but unfortunately it wasn’t hot at all.
Next night – we went to El Avion, a gimmicky restaurant that has a bar in a plane. It was really cool in the plane and the Margarita I ordered was really good. Even in a restaurant like this, the only two options I could go for were either veggie rice (meh) or roasted veggie sandwich. I went for the latter and got a giant sandwich with too much bread. The veggies were really yum (after I added salt and pimped it with chilli sauce) – courgette, mushroom (which interestingly looks like meat..hehe), red pepper, tomato. I had those with the chips, left the bread. If you want to go here, go for the drinks, not the food.
I also had my usual share of fresh juices – pineapple, and a frozen green/pineapple juice. Yum in this unbearable heat.
That pool might look small, but it was the right size, and I spent one afternoon just lounging around, reading, chatting, snoozing in the sun. However, the main reason for being here was the Manuel Antonio National Park. 5 minute walk to the main bus station, and 315 colones for a bus ride to the park. As expected, it was very very busy – the busiest I’ve been to so far, but, it was excellent as we got to see so much wildlife! Sloths, toucans, howler monkeys, birds, spiders, wow. What a fitting end to Costa Rica.
There is a wonderful beach in the park – so once we had got hot, bothered and sweaty running after all the animals, we ran straight into the sea. Oh mama. Perfect sea, perfect temperature, perfect weather – I spent a lot of time in the sea until hunger pangs dragged me away..
Sunsets in Quepos were also stunning. We decided to walk to the marina to have a drink – as some of the girls had been there the day before for a brilliant sunset. This marina is so Americanised – and it was full of Americans! It did not feel like we were in Quepos, or even Costa Rica. Thankfully the sunset made up for it – check it out!
So this is it in terms for travel for now – the plan was to go back to Mexico and explore ruins, but due to crappy travel agents and slow turnaround times, I couldn’t get my ticket changed and buying new ones was waay to expensive. Never mind – that money will be saved for the next travel adventure – even I don’t know where I’m going.. South America? Asia? Europe? Watch this space….