We walked on the beach, venturing out on low tide to swim in hidden tide-pools in the rock. Nature’s infinity pools, we called them. We saw howler monkeys in the trees, and were woken by them in the early morning hours, as they shouted and howled their welcome to the new day. We saw baby monkeys clinging to their mommies backs as they swung through the trees above.
We ate an insane amount of fresh, super fresh, fish. Fish wraps, ceviche, pâté, tacos, surfers bowls, smoked tuna, alongside delicious iced teas and cold local beers. Product C, we miss your welcoming, friendly vibe and the smiles and kindness of everyone there. Bisous/Besos!
We spent a morning stand up paddle boarding, and for once I was thankful for my strong short legs that helped me keep balanced. We made an epic rap song about paddle boarding. We had picnics on the beach and drove through a ranch to play in the pools above a secret, private waterfall. Wild orchids were everywhere in the surrounding trees.
I sat on the back of an ATV, barreling through the night, scarf wrapped around my nose and mouth to block the dust from the dirt road, head thrown back to watch the stars. So many stars. Inky black sky. We saw the southern cross constellation. We drove straight up through a dark jungle road, and emerged straight down to find a stunning and romantic, ocean front, candlelit restaurant. We ate amazing food, with amazing friends, and Mango Ron.
We surfed. Hubs got up on his board, and I made it half way, crouched. There’s nothing like the feeling of being pushed towards the shore, riding the top of a wave… Even if it is just lying on the board. Surfboard, next time you are soooo mine. We played in the warmest water I’ve ever been in, got a little too much sun, and explored sandy beaches. So many shells.
We cooked pinto (beans and rice), ate pinto, and cooked more pinto. Fried plantains are delicious. Hubs has asked for pinto every day since we returned.
We made coconut milk, and started off a new batch of coconut oil. We drank local beer and watched the sun set. We sat. We talked. We enjoyed the little things- deliciously, epically, slow brewed coffee. We savoured the big things- friendship, good conversation, exciting plans and love.
Costa Rica, we can’t wait to be back.