Friday, 16 May 2008

Costa Rica

Getting from A to B in these parts ain´t always quick n´easy as I´ll demonstrate. We took a boat to Changuinola in the north of Panama and then a taxi to the bus terminal. The bus takes you across the border into Costa Rica where you have to show proof of onward travel out of the country (not that easy when you don´t have specific plans!)

We changed buses in the capital, San Jose and headed for the Puntarenas where we got a taxi to the port and caught a ferry to Paquera. Finally we shared a 50 minute taxi ride to the beach town of Montezuma with 2 cool French guys (Hamid and Steve from Toulouse). It´s 90% American tourists in these parts so it was refreshing to meet some Europeans and we ended up partying till the wee hours with them on more than one occasion.

The beaches here are a bit choppy and more geared towards surfing. Isla Tortuga is an overpriced over rated day trip. Other than the beach there´s not much else to do here except hike to a set of waterfalls or get a quad mortor bike and explore. Next stop Nicaragua.


Anonymous,  May 16, 2008 4:19 am  

May I just say how ridiculously jealous I am? I am ridiculously jealous!

VE May 16, 2008 9:44 am  

Cool. I was in Costa Rica a year and a half ago. Did some white water rafting before I headed home. Came from Ecuador via plane though and I did have a ticket showing I was leaving...

Shaunj May 16, 2008 1:18 pm  

did you do any surfing apart from the bars? :D Keep me posted on Nicaragua..heard it is mind boggling fantastic. b*$#"rd!

Baino May 16, 2008 4:55 pm  

Haha .. empathise with the exit visa thingy. Clare lost hers and had to bribe the border guards! What is that horny lizard thingy?

Quickroute May 18, 2008 7:20 pm  

Conortje: It's allowed to be jealous - the more jealous the better really!

VE: I haven't been to Equador - would love to get tothe Galapogos Islands one day

Shaunj: No just a bit of snorkelling - will keep you posted!

Baino: Bribes seem to be par for the course here - It was some sort of mutant Iguana!

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