This will be sort of a roundup post !
8th. of April
From Playa del Coco we typed Nosara into our GPS - a surf town we had been recommended, once again, by our host José from Monteverde.
However, before we set off we had to go for a swim. We had been in Costa Rica for days at this point but so far in the mainland far from the ocean. We went down the road, got out our towels and ran into the water. I've been fortunate enough to travel quite a lot during my 19 years of age and on a lot of those trips have involved some swimming in the ocean. Always a little chilly to begin with but nice once you get in(reading this my uncle Mike in Cape Town will be turning his eyes and be tempted to face palm - I love you too).
The water in Playa del Coco on the other hand was so warm! Still refreshing, but you could stay in for long without getting cold. We dried ourselves off and got on the road. As we got further down the coast we came by a beach and all agreed to have another swim because of the heat which was almost unbearable. Yet this beach was everything the one in Playa del Coco wasn't. It was remote, quite, peaceful, paradise like and simply lovely. The palm trees went out onto the beach and the ocean was beautiful. Out of the water we opened up the boot, got out the food out and enjoyed ourselves in the shade.
A couple of hours before sunset we arrived at our destination. A hostel called The Wave in the beach town of Nosara, referred to by The National Geographic as a surfer's paradise. We unloaded the car and headed for the beach to catch the sun setting. As we arrived the sun was about 20 minutes away from disappearing in the horizon - the most AMAZING sight! It was such a unique experience getting in the water at that time of day with the sun leaving the most amazing colours across the sky. The water was warm, the waves were a lot of fun to play around in and we had the best time.
Initially we had planned to stay in Nosara for a single night, that however turned into three. The Hostel was such a nice place - not too big, very personal and we met some nice people as well. We spend our days in Nosara surfing, drinking out of coconuts with a straw, laptop clubbing and sunset swimming.
Pernille had to be back in San José by the 13th. so we had to leave Nosara to go further south. Via Airbnb we booked a place to stay in a small town called Paquera, from where we planned to take the ferry to the “mainland” the following day.
On the map above, Nosara is seen towards the edge on the left. From there we drove down to Samara, then up towards Nicoya, a village with some of the oldest individuals in the world, and from there along the northern coast of the Nicoyan Peninsula down to Paquera. As we arrived our host Frank, a super cool guy from America, greeted us. He had a bit of an uncle vibe about him and he showed us around. He and his family lived in the house next door and had chickens, quails, dogs and mango trees all around. Additionally he showed us the hummingbirds drinking from the sugar-water-feeders hanging from the roof - they quickly gained our undivided attention. In Paquera we went down to the beach to have a sunset swim, went home and had a supermarket run and passed out. At 5am, we woke up to got the beach again m, but this time to watch the sun rise. We drove a bit down the beach, parked the car and had our breakfast in the first sun rays of the day. Watching the sun set and rise within 12 hours was amazing!
When we got home we packed up our stuff and headed for the ferry. We arrived at the departure point of the ferry at 11:30am with belief of the ferry taking off at 12:30pm - we were 3 hours early. We passed the time taking photos in the area, eating snacks, wishing for more snacks, drinking coconut water and finally we got on the ferry and set off!
We aren't even that far into our trip yet, but I still have a feeling it'll be such a strange transition arriving in New York on the 26th. I look so much forward to be back in the city, but right now I'm extremely happy with being in Costa Rica. It truly is the most wonderful country! The outdoor culture suits us all perfectly, we buy fruit of the street, surf, swim, take photos and then we laptop club at night - everything is perfect.
All the best
PS. This post was written on the ferry, but I haven't had enough wifi to upload it until now.