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Costa Rica Recap: Nosara

November 8, 2010

Our third (and final) stop in Costa Rica was the small surfing town of Nosara.  We arrived at the Harmony Hotel midday on Wednesday, and were pretty thrilled with our accommodations.  We were just a short walk from the beach (development on the beach isn’t allowed in this part of CR), our room was clean & spacious, and the hotel staff was really friendly.

We opted to go for a walk on the beach to stretch our legs a bit.  (Our trip from Tamarindo was ~3 hours, one of which was on a super-bumpy dirt road, and yours truly, who is prone to motion sickness, would have been tossing cookies, if it weren’t for the granola bars stealthily tucked into my camera bag).

The beach was gorgeous, made moody & dramatic by the appearance of the sun through large, fluffy clouds.  I took a million pictures.

Soon enough, it was time to head in for dinner.  We had some seriously amazing sushi at the hotel restaurant.  Even Jason was into the sushi – which means it must have been amazing because he’s usually not too excited about it.  The hotel had all sorts of awesomely fresh made drinks – I had something with mango, cucumber, & cilantro, another sort of fizzy drink with mint & other herbs, and a soy-something or other that tasted like a sweet coffee drink.  So. good.

The following day was sort of a bummer – everything we tried to do failed.  First, we were hoping to hike a trail near a river estuary.  The trail was supposed to have bridges over looking the river so that you could (safely?) spy on alligators/crocodiles (I still don’t know the difference) and other creepy river creatures.  We were pretty psyched about it, until we got to the trailhead and realized that it was closed – apparently the rains had washed out the trail & a few bridges.

So we went back to the hotel & got some suggestions on where to eat lunch instead.  And then we went to three different places, only to find out that all three were closed.

So we ate at the hotel.

And we waited to see if it would rain so that we could go view the arribada that evening.  The arribada is when a whole bunch of turtles (in this case, Olive Ridley turtles) climb up onto the beach to lay eggs.  It only happens during certain moon phases.  And have I mentioned that I researched the moon phases for October & November and planned our vacation around the moon phases?  So needless to say, when we found out that we couldn’t make it to the beach where the turtles would be because the road was flooded & no one was willing to take just 2 people to view the turtles anyways, I had a few minutes of pouting.

I know that’s ridiculous.

Jason decided we were going to take a walk on the beach, which was probably a good way to get me in a better mood.  Still, I couldn’t help but say, “I just want to see a turtle! On the beach! In the wild!” over and over again.

I think I should have specified that I wanted to see a live turtle.  Note to self: be careful what you wish for.

Poor little tortuga.

We also saw (living) sand crabs – it’s amazing how well these guys blend in.  I think I almost stepped on a few of them.

And I spotted a venomous caterpillar after Jason nearly stepped on it.

We went out for dinner & then headed back to the hotel for a few drinks.

The next morning, we took advantage of free yoga at the hotel.  Yes, WE.  As in I totally convinced Jason to get his yoga on.  He’s about as bendy as a clothespin.  That’s to say that a few times during the class, I looked over and expected J to fall on his butt.  But he never did.  So I was impressed.

He spent the rest of the day quoting the yoga instructor from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

And that was fine, since we had an uneventful 5 hour drive back to San Jose.  We spent our last night in CR at the Pura Vida hotel near the airport, since we had an early flight home the next day.

We had a really great vacation – thanks for listening to me re-tell our adventures! 🙂  If you want to see more pictures, I’ve put all of our pictures from the trip in a blurb book (click here to see it).

(and if we’ll see you at Thanksgiving or Christmas, no need to look at the book now… because we plan to bore you with it in person! haha!)

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    November 8, 2010 1:16 pm

    We are NEVER bored with your beautiful pictures!!!! We can’t wait to see them and more!

  2. GGG permalink
    November 8, 2010 2:05 pm

    Just in case I don’t get to see the pictures at Aunt Tamis’, I looked at them. They are lovely!

  3. mom permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:21 pm

    Yo Quiero una vacacion! Por favor? Quien esta con mi?

  4. November 9, 2010 3:38 pm

    Sorry about the turtles…or lack there of. Especially since you planned the trip around them. real bummer. I’da pouted too.

  5. November 12, 2010 11:34 pm

    That caterpillar is adorable, even though he’s venomous. The turtle makes me sad. *sniffle* Sorry about the failed plans, but at least you got a vacation!

  6. November 17, 2010 1:43 am

    Just read your entire trip report – amazing!

    The rope bridge photo reminded me a wee bit of Carrick-a-rede.

    Loved hearing what you ate – love those sort of details.

    All your research and planning really paid off – apart from seeing live turtles.

    Finally no holiday would be complete without you meeting a creepy hotel owner! You could write a guide to creepy hotels/b and b’s!

    A for your trip report!!!

    • November 17, 2010 11:27 am

      Thanks! We were laughing about the similarities between this vacay and our Ireland trip: for both, we headed to rainy climates, there were scary bridges, & crazy creepy hotel owners! And, of course, we had a *BLAST* on both trips!

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