We found a place to live! We are renting a small 2 BR house in Samara, right downtown, 1/2 block to the beach, A/C in the bedroom, wifi, with a huge fenced yard (big enough to play cornhole in). You can see the ocean from the street right outside the house. It feels meant to be with how easily it worked out. I sent one email and instantly found the perfect place for us, within in our budget. We're renting it July through October, so 4 months total, although we won't be here for all of July. We're hoping to make the big move back over here by mid to late July. Pretty exciting! Now we can really relax and enjoy the rest of our trip...not that we haven't been already doing that!
We got pretty sunburned a couple days ago, despite reapplying sunscreen repeatedly. We took a couple days off from the sun and the ocean swimming, to recover. We also ditched the 30 SPF sunscreen and are going with 50 from now on.
Venturing over to Tamarindo for a night was fun. We stayed at a really cool bed & breakfast on the beach, and met some awesome people. We finally broke the tradition of each place being our new favorite, as we liked Tamarindo but could not see ourselves living there. The beach was packed with people and is not very safe at night, and there are hagglers everywhere trying to get you to buy their stuff. We walked a couple blocks up and down the main street and got hassled constantly. Saying no or ignoring them does not work, they chase you down the street and do not give up. So Tamarindo was not our new favorite place, although we did enjoy it and will definitely be back to visit again. And we finally saw some howler monkeys while there! One of the last animals we really wanted to see but hadn't yet. A whole family of them, with a couple babies, just chilling in the trees, howling at each other. So cool.
We are back in Samara now for a couple nights. We found another great hotel, a block from the beach, A/C, wifi, 2 pools and a delicious breakfast, only $50/night. The best deal we have found yet.
Yesterday we found a great snack shack, with $4-$5 sandwiches, wraps, salads...Andy had a chicken bacon ceasar wrap and I had a grilled Cuban sandwich, and we shared an orange smoothie. Then we ate at the Italian restaurant at our hotel last night, we had pasta and pizza, all homemade. We continue to be impressed with the food here, incredibly delicious.
Tomorrow we are heading to stay a night at the beach called Playa Hermosa (translation = beautiful beach) outside the town of Jaco. We booked a nice oceanfront hotel with an infinity pool for a night. This area has been recommended to us by a few different people so we're looking forward to checking it out. It's a popular surfing beach so the waves will probably be too big for us to swim in, another reason we love Samara.
Last night we saw a bunch of locals playing baseball in a small park area right downtown, we sat and watched them for quite a while. Andy was pretty excited about that, he's planning to join them in the future. He'll probably get a whole league going I'm sure.
Today we started our morning off with a 2 hour swim in the ocean (with lots of SPF 50 on). Soon we're gonna head over to the $4 quesadilla shack down the road for lunch. Then a beach walk and a sunset swim before dinner. Not too shabby.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.