Well Andy survived the coconut/machete incident and still has all his limbs. The fresh coconut water tasted incredible, we’re planning to cook some rice in fresh coconut water for dinner tonight. Along with some chicken, beans and tortillas…a nice little Costa Rican dinner.
Katy & Heidi flew out yesterday & they had a great time. One of their first nights here we did a pub crawl, stopping 5 times at 4 places to test their drinks. We discovered a funky little craft beer bar right off the beach. They had about 25 beers on tap, including segua (our favorite). They have a popcorn machine and antlers on the wall. This may become a regular stop of ours, we felt right at home.
The monkeys were in the trees for most of the mornings the girls were here. They seem to come and stay a few days, and then leave for a while. They come back when the mangos are ripe again. We have a lot of fun watching them. There is also a huge iguana that lives in our yard. And wild horses that graze on the grass outside our fence each morning. The animal watching is a full-time job around here.
The next day we ventured over to Playa Garza and Playa Guinoes, both beautiful beaches. We collected shells, read books, swam, walked & napped on the beach. We saw whales at one of the beaches on our way home. Then we stopped for tacos at a taco hut. They were out of guacamole, apparently there is a ripe avocado shortage around here, as every other place we asked all week was also out of guacamole. However we were able to buy some avocados from the store and make our own delicious guacamole (thanks Heidi!).
We spent the next few days shopping and swimming at different beaches. We rented surf boards and boogie boards, Andy stood up twice. We got caught in a massive rainstorm and witnessed some intense thunder & lightning storms. We ate at the delicious falafel place a few times, it’s really inexpensive and is so good, the falafel sandwich is everyone’s favorite.
The girls were adventurous and went ziplining through the jungle, and Heidi also got to ride a horse on the beach. And we drove through a river! It was one Andy and I had previously driven through, but that was before the big rainstorms. It was much deeper this time. I held it together pretty well, it was my 5th river crossing so I’m getting pretty used to the Costa Rican lifestyle of driving casually through a river. No big deal, just another Tuesday afternoon. The car is still doing awesome, we love our forerunner.
One of their last meals in Samara was at The Flying Taco. They have many different homemade, unique salsas on their menu (although they were out of guacamole of course). We tried the coconut margarita salsa, the passionfruit salsa, the grilled pineapple salsa and the creamy jalapeno salsa. I can’t pick a favorite, they were all amazing.
On their last day we drove over the Tarcoles river to show them all the crocodiles. We also took them to Jaco, Playa Hermosa and Playa Herradura. We did some shopping in Jaco and ate at The Taco Bar. More tacos! Then we headed to Playa Hermosa to check out the massive waves at sunset. The waves were even too big for the surfers, the ocean was deserted.
We finally made it to San Jose and dropped the girls off at their hotel. They made it home safely and are hopefully planning their next visit! Last night we met up with our friend Julia and her friend Claudia at the beach bar across the street from our house. From there we went to Arriba for more drinks. Julia is in town because she is taking her driving test to get a Costa Rican driver’s license. She is staying at our place the next couple nights, and so far she loves Samara and may even be our new neighbor in September! Pura Vida!
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.