Hola famila y amigos. Justin and I have decided we are not coming home.
If only we could stay….it’s great here. Safe, still rustic, friendly people, beautiful landscape, and great weather.
We were awaked this morning by Howler monkeys vocalizing their loud growl. They travel in packs and scour the local tree tops, munching on leaves and twigs. They are not very big, the size of 9-10lb. baby and have the cutest little faces. They are all over the trees near our apartments. We even saw one carrying a small baby on its back.
At night, we fall asleep to the sound of Iguanas nestling on the rooftops. They walk around the landscape and climb up the trees. We haven’t got a good picture of one yet because they tend to scurry away when you approach them. Justin said that there used to be hundreds of Iguanas walking all over the property. But since development has expanded and brush cleared for new lots to be sold, the Iguanas are a rare sight.
Yesterday was quite an eventful start to our stay here in Playa Grande. We decided it would be a good idea to walk along the beach to Tamarindo (the nearest town, 1.5 miles away) to stock up on groceries and visit the bank to exchange US money to Colones. $1 dollar = $560 colones, however the price of products and services here is about the same as in the states, which is mostly due to the fact that we are in a resort town. We took a big backpack to put our groceries in and began the 3mile round trip. There is an estuary(where the river meets the ocean) that separates Tamarindo beach and Playa Grande beach. The crossing is not that deep, maybe waist high in some areas, but I preferred we take a $2 fairy across. Crocodiles are only a mile upstream and I didn’t feel like being some croc’s lunch. The fairy is a rundown boat that has rusted seats and a single propeller in the back of the boat. The locals run the fairy and are very friendly.
Tamarindo is a cool town. It’s a combination of old Costa Rican buildings and new, modern hotels. You can clearly see which areas cater to the tourists and which areas host the locals. Street vendors greet you with souvenirs, but Justin says a lot has changed here, mostly new development. One local travels the streets by horseback and offers rides to those who want a true Tico experience. The man is rugged, has no shoes, and is shirtless. I think it was obvious why he wasn’t getting much business. Justin and I enjoyed a few $1 beers while people watching and practicing our Spanish. After we bought our groceries we headed back to the fairy. The tide was much higher at this point, and there was no fairy in sight. I panicked, I did not feel like chumming the water with our groceries. But as Justin promised, a fairy appeared out from the distance. The walk back was long and tiresome, enough to give us a good work out for the month.
Justin hasn’t surfed yet, but will today or tomorrow. The surf is ok. Some weird on shores winds picked up last night, causing the surf to become rough and sloppy. It was all the locals could talk about last night. Apparently it is very strange weather for this time of the year.
Not sure what today’s plans are yet. We’ve been recommended to visit a few places north and south by some friendly neighbors. They are a nice couple from Newport Beach who moved down here in September to retire. They rent one of the apartments here and simply say “they are living a dream”. Check out our new photos of the trip so far. Well, we are off the beach, hasta luego!