We are mourning the end of our beach days. Tonight will be our 4th night at Hotel Tramonto, a brand new oceanfront hotel in Playa Hermosa. Today will be our last full day at the beach and then we're onto Escazu for our last two nights in Costa Rica. We will definitely miss the beach!
We're so glad we found this hotel, the rooms are new, very nice and updated. We got a free upgrade to an oceanfront balcony with a long view of the deserted coastline. The hotel and beach are empty, it's like staying in a ghost town with a private stretch of beach to explore each morning.
The beautiful scarlet macaws have made a few more appearances. Our hotel backs up into a birdwatchers paradise and we've spent a lot of time with the binoculars checking out all the bird species. The wildlife has not disappointed!
We ate dinner our first night here at a local restaurant called Rancho Typico. The language barrier somehow caused us to order a hot steaming caramel drink, instead of the bottled water we thought we were ordering (I'm blaming this one on Andy). The drink however was delicious, but did not go well with our Arroz con Pollo on such a hot evening. But we still enjoyed both. And we can't wait to learn Spanish so we can stop feeling like such idiotic American tourists everywhere we go.
The next day Andy got a haircut in Jaco and we then ate lunch at The Fish Taco Bar. They have swings for chairs around the bar, bringing out anyone's inner child. We each had one tuna taco, with a full salad bar, and it was awesome. Later that night we ate sushi at Arigato's. The sushi is so fresh, delicious and CHEAP! We had fresh tuna, seared tuna, mahi, salmon, edamame, Japanese fried rice, a spicy tuna roll and tempura ice cream for dessert, and our tab only came to $24.
Yeseterday we ventured over to Herradura, a nice little marina town. We walked up and down the beach, then checked out the fancy marina. We eventually at the El Pelicano on the beach and again had Arroz con pollo, which has become our favorite dish here and we can't wait to try each restaurants version, as they are all so different. It's basically just a pile of fried rice with chicken and tons of veggies and spices. I'm excited to perfect making my own version someday.
Our friend Julia, who lives in San Jose, just got a new apartment and invited us over for dinner on our last evening, with plans to head to a local craft brewery afterward. Apparently the brewery uses Cascade Hops, so we're excited to learn more and maybe take a tour of the brewery.
We're spending our last beach day soaking up the sun before our next 2 days back in the city. We fly out of San Jose June 14th, but we're not heading back to Oregon just yet. We're stopping over in Cabo for a week to meet up with our friends Wayne & Katie. So we do get one more week on the beach in the sun! :)
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.