Costa Rica

November 17 – 21, 2016 and January 9 – April 3, 2017.

After a wonderful month in Nicaragua, we had to move on to Costa Rica to catch a flight in San José on November 21, 2016 to go back to the US for the holidays. We reached out to our friends Josh & Jenna from Travel Amateurs to find out the procedure for storing Silver and suspending our vehicle’s Temporary Import Permit  (TIP) while away for 7 weeks.

We crossed the border from Nicaragua to Costa Rica at Peñas Blanca and for the first time we used the services of a “helper” on both sides, $5 on the Nica side and a little less than $10 on the Costa Rica side. We don’t normally use helpers when crossing borders but this one was packed with people and we had read about the many forms that needed to be approved by different authorities in different locations so we opted to get a “helper” who knew all the steps and the short cuts. For example: an inspector had to visually inspect our vehicle and sign off on one of the forms, but first we had to locate him in the crowd; our helper found him in one of the little food stalls where he was having coffee! It would have taken a while to find him! Leaving Nicaragua, we had to pay a municipal tax of $1 per person and an exit tax of $2 per person, get an exit stamp in our passports, then walk to another desk to get our vehicle’s Temporary Import Permit checked out. Then we started on the Costa Rica side: wait in line for immigration, copies of our documents, inspection, insurance and Temporary Import Permit for 90 days …  We did all that in about 2 hours!

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After the border crossing we stopped at a road side restaurant where we saw a bunch of cops having lunch, always a good sign when choosing a restaurant! We had a “Casado” which is an inexpensive typical meal served in every restaurant and soda in Costa Rica. It consists of white rice, black beans, salad and a choice of chicken, beef, pork or fish. I chose the fish and this restaurant’s Casado also included french fries as a bonus! Not bad for $5.

After lunch we drove a couple hours then stopped for the night at Eco-Ranch Rossy Tour in Miramar, a couple hours drive from the Capital, San José.

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Eco-Ranch Rossy is a venue used for groups, we were able to camp in their parking lot and use the pool. We ordered a beer and they gave us complimentary ceviche!

The next morning we got up early and headed to San José. On the way Joe started feeling sick with fever, cramps and nausea! We don’t think it was the ceviche because I hate it too and I was fine. Who knows! We made it to San José on Friday just before lunch time, even though Joe was sick as a dog, we had to make all the arrangements because the Customs office was closing for the weekend and our flight was on Monday! After a few hours of waiting at the Customs office we got our paperwork and were able to drive to the storage place (Terminales Unidas). We should have gone to the storage first but the Lady at the Customs Office was nice enough to processed our paperwork anyway. At the storage warehouse, I made the arrangements and we parked Silver in a secured lot. We got our bags out and finally checked in our hotel (La Guaria Inn & Suites) in Alajuela,  a recommendation of our friends Sylvain & Rachel who own a house in Costa Rica. Joe was able to rest until our flight on Monday. He did not leave his bed until then! I fed him chicken soup and white rice from the nearby Chinese Restaurant for 3 days! By Monday he was feeling better and we flew to Florida on time for Thanksgiving! Not long after we arrived, Joe received the terrible news that his brother David had passed away unexpectedly, we flew to Philadelphia to be with his family and for the funeral on December 16, 2016. We came back to Florida for Christmas with the kids and I celebrated the New Year (2017) in Canada with my family.

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Nice to be reunited with our grandchildren! Eva, Noah and Vivian. Behind us is a world map where they follow our journey by pining our route! In 2016 they joined us in Guatemala, 2017 Colombia, 2018 ??

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In true Canadian fashion we rang in 2017 in our plaid shirts! It’s rare that all 5 of us siblings are in one place at the same time! Bonne Année 2017!

Back to Pura Vida!

We returned to Costa Rica on January 9, 2017 to continue our 3 month tour. Without having made any kind of plans, we ended up spending the majority of our time on beaches, which is not a bad thing after all, specially that we were lucky enough to be there during the dry season the entire time! We did both the Pacific and Carribean sides with a tiny bit of mountains in between.

In 2015, just before starting our Journey, we spent a month backpacking through Costa Rica, hitting a lot of the popular sites: Arenal Volcano, Santa Elena & Monteverde Cloud Forest, Playa Zancudo, San José, Cabuya, Montezuma and the highlight of the trip, a three day Whitewater Rafting excursion on the Pacuare River; we did not want to revisit the same sites besides Cabuya.

Alajuela (San José)

Bringing back a huge amount of luggage full of spare parts for the truck and even a bike rack we headed strait from the airport to the same little hotel in Alajuela. The next day we got our vehicle insurance extended before heading to the Customs Office (Aduana) to get our vehicle’s Temporary Import Permit reinstated.  What was supposed to be a simple administrative operation ended up taking two full days, they told us that all the employees had been reassigned to new positions without any training, they were all lost and confused! Finally, with documents in hand we were able to retrieve Silver from storage. Everything was the same way we had left it 7 weeks prior and Silver started immediately when Joe turned the key! We both heaved a SIGH OF RELIEF!!!

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Morning view of Alajuela from our hotel room balcony! Hopefully we will get our home back today!

Playa Samara

After filling up with water and groceries we headed for the beaches! Our first stop: Playa Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste Province, where we stayed one week doing nada!

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We camped right on the beach at Camping Aloha for 6,000 Colones about $10 per night.

The easy going beach town on the Pacific coast is popular for it’s calm sea and pale-gray sand! There is not much to do besides long walks on the beach, swimming and just enjoying life from your hammock with a good book!

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During the week, we practically had the camp ground to ourselves but on the weekend it was packed with Ticos (Costa Ricans) in tents. This guy brought his art supplies and painted a few pieces inspired by the sea!

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We met this young couple of Overlanders Pablo from Brazil and Belen from Spain Viajando Mundos. They started in Brazil, travelled through South America before driving North through Central America.

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Driving the coastal route of the Nicoya Peninsula

Since it was dry season we opted for the coastal route to reach Santa Teresa, our next destination on the Nicoya Peninsula. The road is rough and there is a few river crossings but the views are well worth it.

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Beautiful views along the coastal route.

Mal Pais (Santa Teresa)

Located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in the Puntarenas Province, Santa Teresa is world famous for surfing, sunsets and good vibes.

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We camped outside of town, for a week at Camping Elimar Mal Pais for 5,000 Colones about $9 per night.

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This was our morning coffee spot on the rocky shore line.

One of our camp neighbor did her aerial workout with silks hanging from a tree. She was very happy when I offered her to take pictures, we agreed to wait for the sunset for maximum drama. She showed me all her best moves, it was a real treat to watch her.

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A nearby beach bar/restaurant!

 

Having fun with Overlanders! It was nice to sit around for morning coffee exchanging travel stories or for happy hour watching the sunset, we even all walked to town to catch a NFL playoff game at Nativo, one of the local sports bar.

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The couple on the right, Sonia & Paul (Sopolmobile) took a year off to drive from Montreal to Costa Rica, they had been on the road for 6.5 months when we met them and were on their way back. Nice to meet Québécois on the road! The last I heard, Sonia & Paul started a new business called Creations Oropendola inspired by their travels.

 

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John & Jenna drove all the way south to Ushuaia “The End of the World” in Argentina, then sold their 4 Runner to another couple of travelers, flew home to Colorado and are now expecting their first child! John borrowed Joe’s drill to make a bed platform in the back of their vehicle!

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John & Jenna told us about this spot and it quickly became our favorite hang out.  These tide pools were located just a short walk from our campground!

Cabuya

When we came to Costa Rica in 2015, we stayed a week in the small fishing village of Cabuya, in a beautiful artist studio on the beach, we became friends with the Swiss owner, Claudia, we told her that we would be back in our own vehicle! We kept our promise and showed up two years later! It was nice to see her again. She told us about a campground down the road so we checked it out!

We ended up staying 1 month (January 28 – February 28, 2017) at Camping Morales, if we knew we were going to stay that long we would have negotiated a better price upfront but when we arrived we told Yolanda, the owner, that we wanted to stay 2 nights! It turned into a week, then two, then three … We paid 7,000 Colones per night ($375/month) for our own secured beach front paradise with potable water, electricity, access to a washing machine, fire wood, bathroom, shower and we were alone 85% of the time!

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Our own beach front property! For a month anyway!

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Sunrise view from our camper!

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Low tide afternoon view! Looking at this view day after day was the perfect setting to do a little soul searching and realize just how lucky we are to be able to live out our dreams and to have each other as partners to make it all happen!

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Evening view! Making a fire with the drift wood we collected on the beach for our dutch oven dinner!

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We even had our own camp dog! Oliver!

On our second day we met a wonderful lady named Nikki. Of Cuban origin, she spent most of her life in NY and Florida and is now living in Costa Rica. She rents a small house  from Yolanda, just behind the camping area, with her companion, a Belgian Malinois named Sofia. We became instant friends, she cooked us some wonderful Cuban meals and showed us all the ins and outs of the Pura Vida in Cabuya. Nikki, like many other retirees, left the US in search of a better life abroad. Costa Rica and a few other countries in Latin America offer retirees the opportunity to live a simpler life and a chance to experience different cultures. If they are willing to let go of certain comforts and luxuries, Expats can multiply their retirement spending budget, the savings in accommodation, food, entertainment, health care and other expenses are often enormous but most of all it’s a totally different lifestyle with a much slower pace away from Walmart and CNN!

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Nikki’s house tucked away behind the lush tropical trees!

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Nikki and Sofia in front of their house!

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We got fresh local fish, Dorado, down the street and Nikki made us  fish soup, ceviche, pan fried filets and rice! Delish! We supplied the wine and the view!

During the month we spent in Cabuya, we celebrated the Super Bowl, Valentine’s day, the 20 year anniversary of my mom’s death and our two Birthdays. We made friends, went to the organic market on Saturdays, read great books in the hammock, cooked incredible meals in our dutch oven, sat around camp fires, daydreamed, swam, walked the beach, snorkled, did yoga, got some treats from The Bakery, bought fresh fish from the local fishermen, took the bus just outside our gate to go grocery shopping in Montezuma, went to an art exhibit at the waterfall, had many breakfasts, dinners and drinks at nearby restaurants, visited the unique cemetery of Cabuya island, did a lot of camper maintenance and cleaning and even got a new teak table top for our dinette! Staying so long in one place was a wonderful experience and we felt like locals. But one day we said ok, it’s time to move on and just like that we were back on the road! This is what we like the most about our nomadic lifestyle, the FREEDOM to stay in one place for as long as we want and just pack up and go whenever we feel like!

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Celebrating our birthdays (23 & 26 February) at Hotel Celaje pool side restaurant with Canadian friends Joyce & Lloyd! Just a short walk on the beach from our campground!

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Our main activity: reading in the shade under the palms! Chair or hammock, it depends on our mood!

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Yolanda, the owner, let me use her washing machine or I hand washed in the cement sink but drying was always on the line!

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Our new custom made Costa Rican Teak table top by Señor Diego who was building a house nearby.

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Dinner time! The Dutch Oven is fantastic to cook with, when you are not in a hurry, you have good weather and plenty of wood!

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One of Cabuya’a main attraction, besides Cabo Blanco, the first nature reserve in Costa Rica, is the Isla de Cabuya. It is possible to walk to the small island but only at low tide. We  visited the cemetery dating back to pre-Columbian times and where locals are still being buried. The reef that surrounds the island is used for fishing and snorkeling.

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This was the little dusty road outside the campground. It was a one mile walk to the small village of Cabuya where we would go to our favorite hang outs! The Panaderia (Bakery), Marvin’s Soda, Delphin de la Luna and Cafe Nimbu.

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Our friend Claudia, a Swiss artist who has been living in Cabuya for more than 25 years. She owns a few rental houses, makes beautiful lamps from material she finds on the beach Tropic Illuminations, offers private horse back riding tours on the beach and makes kombucha that she sells at the organic market in Montezuma every Saturday.  A very busy lady!

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We realized just how little we need to be happy!

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Besides the occasional tent campers, we were pretty much by ourselves. A young French couple showed up for a few days in this fully equipped 4×4 vehicle that they rented in San José from Nomad America, a great way to try Overlanding without the commitment!

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Nikki introduced us to Abba an another expat living in Cabuya. He was a free spirit who enjoyed the Pura Vida; unfortunately we later learned of his passing due to anaphylactic shock from a wasp sting. He was highly allergic but he did not carry an EpiPen. RIP Abba.

Ferry from Paquera to Puntarenas

After six 6 weeks on the Nicoya Peninsula we took the ferry (Tambor II) back to the main land. 18,800 Colones about $33 for 2 people and our vehicle. Much better then driving 200 km of rough roads!

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On the road between Puntarenas and Jaco, there is a bridge where everyone stops to see tons (30-40) of massive crocodiles.

Jaco Beach

Jaco beach is an overly touristy beach town, closest beach to San José the capital, we stopped overnight to stock up on groceries and look for bikes. We found a quiet (during the week) camp near the beach, Camp Hicaco (8,000 Colones  about $14)

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Our latest purchase: two used beach cruisers we picked at a bike rental shop that was just getting new bikes. $100 for 2.

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At the campground, we met these two young Germans, Anna & Michael, traveling on their bicycles. They left from Washington State in June 2016 and are now (two years later) in Argentina. They are faster then us! You can follow them on Instagram @velocyclers.

Manuel Antonio Beach

We stayed 6 nights in a beach parking lot next to Kacha B&B. For 7,000 Colones per night, about $13, we were securely parked a few meters from the beach, had access to shower, electricity, wifi and even got a couple beach chairs at our disposal. After sunset all the beach goers left and we had the place to our selves. For 75 cents we could use the bathroom at the B&B next door.

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Kacha B&B

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Joy was the super friendly parking attendant, he lived in a semi trailer parked on the lot where he stored all his beach chairs, umbrellas and surf boards.

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Playa Espadilla. Every morning we hooked our hammock under the palms for the day and socialized with Canadians and Americans expats that came to this beautiful and quiet section of the beach. 

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One of the lovely couples we met on the beach, Philippe & Susanne, invited us to join them for dinner. We opted for El Avion a bit touristy but they have great cocktails, the best sunset and the place has a very unique story. Some of you will remember Oliver North’s Iran-Contra Affair, the biggest scandal of the 80’s. This Fairchild C-123 cargo plane was apparently one of the airplanes purchased by the Contras in Nicaragua with the help of the CIA and later abandoned in Costa Rica. You can read the whole story on El Avion website.

 

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“There’s good reason that Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica’s most popular national park: this stunning green gem has excellent beaches, accessible trails and lots of wildlife. It can be crowded, but at times it seems like the monkeys outnumber the people”
Excerpt From: Lonely Planet. “Lonely Planet Costa Rica.” iBooks.

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The Jesus Christ Lizard got it’s name from his ability to walk on water! I’ve seen it run on it’s hind legs a few times but was never able to capture the moment.

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Squirrel Monkey. Unfortunately these cuties are often captured for pet trade and for medical research.

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Capuchin or White Faced Monkeys are in abundance in Manuel Antonio, they live in groups and are fascinating to observe, they are known to be very intelligent.

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The beaches in the park are just spectacular!

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I was going for the sexy pose on the rock until I got soaked by a big wave!

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I came to Manuel Antonio 28 years ago with my sister Anne-Marie, we rented a small room in the back of this restaurant, they also rented small cabanas right on the beach, it was the only show in town.

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Today Manuel Antonio is full of luxury condos, boutique hotels and fancy restaurants but it has definitely kept a lot of its charm and the beaches are still incredibly beautiful.

Uvita Beach

After Samara, Santa Teresa, Cabuya, Jaco and Manuel Antonio our search for the most beautiful Pacific coast beach continued in Uvita! A tiny village with two miles of deserted wild beaches.

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We could have parked on the beach but we opted for this small hotel with a few camping spots, 5 minutes walk from the beach. Camping y Cabina El Tecal had a pool, which was a big bonus even though it was above ground, it was very refreshing in the evenings before going to bed. We stayed a week and paid 50,000 Colones for the week, about $12/night.

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Having our beach cruisers was so much fun, Uvita had the perfect sand to ride on.

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The beaches are part of the Marino Ballena Nacional Park where Humpback Whale watching is a big attraction, they usually arrive at the end of July. Unfortunately we did not see any.

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We have declared Uvita the winner of our most beautiful beach contest!

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Also best beach to ride a bike.

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Viewed from above this part of the beach resembles a Whale’s Tail with the ocean on both sides.

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We stopped for breakfast at a nearby hostel (Flutterby House) during our morning bike ride!

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Delicious Seafood Paella and Sangria at Sabor Español

We visited La Catarata de Uvita, a small waterfall (at least in the dry season) but the water was very refreshing, so were the Batidos de Piña ( pineapple smoothies)!

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Another cyclist, Carlos is traveling North towards the US, he left his native Chile a few years ago!

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Saying goodbye to Roberto the friendly owner of El Tecal.

Drake Bay – Coorcovado National Park

Drake Bay is a fishing village on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean and remains one of the country’s most remote location. To reach Drake Bay, most travelers fly from San José or boat down the river from Sierpe. After a little research, we decided to drive there!

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The road from Palmar to Drake Bay is not always passable but again we were lucky to be there during the dry season, besides a few small river crossings and a couple dodgy bridges, the road was quite scenic. It took us about 2.5 hours to do 20 miles.

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The wild life in that part of Costa Rica is insane! Scarlet Macaws were everywhere.

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We could not find a decent place to camp so we decided to splurge on a hotel room with AC at Villa Drake for $65/night including breakfast. We only stayed a couple of nights.

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We were welcomed to Villa Drake by this lovely couple!

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Sunrise in Drake Bay. We got up very early to catch a boat to the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park.

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The Park is so remote that it has it’s own airstrip.

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Parque National Corcovado is considered one of Costa Rica’s last true wilderness areas. We booked a tour from Drake Bay for $90/person, it included the 1 hour boat ride to get there, lunch  and the service of a very knowledgable guide during a 4 hour hike through the dense tropical rainforest. With an area of 103,290 acres, it counts for 2.5% of the biodiversity of the world! You can find 140 mammal species, 370 bird species and over 10,000 insects species.

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The Coati is part of the raccoon family. You can see the resemblance.

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This young Tapir was laying down next to his mother (behind him). There is something special about seeing animals in their natural habitat.

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Corcovado his home to a lot snakes many of them venomous. This one is a Green Parrot Snake and is non venomous!

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Whale bones on the beach.

Dominical

While Beach hopping, we received an invitation from fellow Overlanders Sunny & Karin of the Vagabroads, they were  house sitting a mansion up in the mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean just above the little town of Dominical. Like us, Sunny & Karin sold everything they had and left the US in 2015 to travel all the way to Argentina. We originally met them in Guatemala and really enjoyed their company, so we did not hesitate to accept their invitation even though they had just lost their dog, their faithful companion Gracie.

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This mansion belonged to an American couple, they wanted someone they could trust to look after it while they were away. Housesitting is popular among Overlanders.

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The house was located way up in the mountain, we parked next to Sunny & Karin’s awesome Land Cruiser equipped with Roof Top Tent, a snorkel and everything a true expedition vehicle needs!

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Joe taking in the view from the terrace with Sunny & Karin.

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Not a bad place for morning coffee!

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Sunny took this picture of us in the infinity pool with the Pacific Ocean in the background. It has become our Logo on our newly printed Travel Cards and Stickers! Thank you Sunny & Karin for your hospitality, we will always remember these couple of days we spent with you!

After our visit, Sunny &  Karin decided to drive back to the US to regroup, to earn and save money to continue their adventure later on. In the mean time they have decided to publish a book entitled “I Can. I Will: Women Overlanding the World” and guess what? it looks like, along with fifty or so other women, I will be featured in the book. I am so honored and excited to be part of this amazing project. The book should be coming out soon. To learn more about the book or to order your copy, check out the Vagabroads Website.

Quetzales National Park

Leaving the Pacific coast to get to the Caribbean or Atlantic coast, we had to cross through the mountains at an elevation reaching 9,000 feet, the temperature went  from 95 to 50 degrees within a day. It was a very nice change but it rained most of the time.

Someone told us about this little restaurant called Miriam’s that served good meals and where you could observed a lot of birds. We had a fabulous trout lunch with fresh vegetables and a pitcher of Mora (black berry) juice. We saw many colorful birds in her backyard where she had installed feeders.

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After lunch we continued down the road to Suenos del Bosque Lodge where we camped for the night. On of our most expensive camping spot at 12,000 Colones $20 for the night. It was a beautiful place, we just didn’t get to enjoy it much because of the rain.

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Such a different vegetation than the coast! Everything was lush and green with lots of flowers.

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You can fish right off this little river.

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After months in hot tropical weather it was a very welcome change to get our blankets out for sleeping!

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We stopped at Paraiso Mirador Quetzales Lodge, it was to rainy to see the Quetzales but we saw these amazing hummingbirds. A group of Chinese Photographers were there with their giant lens taking tens of thousands of pictures for their bird photo club! They had a guide filling the flowers with sugary sirup with a syringe. We also had a very nice lunch by the fireplace!

 

Caribbean/Atlantic Coast

Cahuita

Our first destination on the Caribbean Coast was the little town of Cahuita and we were pleasantly surprised. We really liked the reggae and laid-back vibe. We rode our bikes up and down the coastal road to the village. We settles at Playa Negra for a few days.

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This was across the street from our camp.

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Joe doing a little maintenance on our cruisers! A few of the local kids came by with their bikes to get their tires filled with air. So nice to carry our own air compressor. We use it to inflate our tires, our suspension air bags, air locking differentials, some air tools and to blow off dust.

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We camped at the Reggae Cabins just to make sure we got the Caribbean vibe! Ya man!

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We visited the Cahuita National Park, like many of the Parks in Costa Rica it is a terrestrial and marine Park with spectacular beaches and deep tropical forest with many hiking trails full of wildlife.

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After our hike through the park we stopped for lunch at this little beach front restaurant, Sobre Las Olas, not to far from our camp spot!

Puerto Viejo

From Cahuita we drove 10 miles down the road to our next destination, Puerto Viejo. Most popular tourist town on the Caribbean coast. It had a ton of restaurants, beautiful clear water and the cool vibe of the Afro-Caribbean! Also a top rated surfing destination.

We settled just outside of town in a funky hostel on the beach, Rocking J’s. We got some laundry done and had wonderfully fresh ceviche made by Oscar one of the guys at the hostel. We had the conventional fish ceviche and something I had never tried, coco ceviche to accommodate the vegetarian palates. Anything with lime and salt, I’m in!

While riding our bikes in town we came across a Dodge Ram with Canadian Plates parked on the beach, he was hauling a fifth wheel camper trailer! We could’t believe it, only a Canadian would come this far with such a long vehicle!!! We stopped by to talk to him and Steve turned out to be very nice, he was alone with his cool cat and friendly dog.

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Loving the Caribbean water!

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We camped at the funky hostel Rocking J’s for just two nights. Can you see Silver?

Punta Uva

Next camp: a whopping 5 miles down the road, Punta Uva. When you think of a Caribbean paradise, this is it! White sand for long walks, calm blue water for swimming, close reef for snorkeling, palm trees for shade, coconut to eat and hardly anyone around.

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We camped 5 nights at Arrecife Hotel & Restaurant for 5000 colones per night, about $9.

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During the three months we spent in Costa Rica we saw a lot of sloths but they were never in a good position for pictures, but not today!

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Danny & Kana are Canadian travelers from Banff. They drove all the way to Panama and were on their way back to Canada. Danny is originally from Quebec so it was nice to speak French for a bit. Oh and did I mention that he is a professional Chef?

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When a professional Chef shoes up at camp you volunteer  to go to the store and get the BBQ ready. Danny marinated and grilled the chicken accompanied by a Roasted Red Pepper Chimichurri and a Pineapple Coco Salsa! Scrumptious!!! I made rice, beans and yucca.

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Steve, the Canadian we met in Puerto Viejo came by for a visit. Last I heard, he was still in Central America traveling around with his fifth wheel!

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From Punta Uva we rode our bikes to Manzanillo a small laidback fishing village located inside the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife and Marine Reserve. It is the very last coastal village before Panama. We stoped for a wonderful lunch of Red Snapper and Chicken grilled on a coconut fire.

 

On Monday April 3, 2017, our 3 month visa was running out, wether we wanted to or not it was time to hit the road!

Costa Rica often has a bad reputation for being expensive, overcrowded and too touristy but after spending 3 months we have found that the prices are definitely higher then the  neighboring countries but when you are camping and cooking your own food, it is still very affordable and you can find quiet spots to enjoy some tranquility and the PURA VIDA lifestyle. We mostly used campgrounds with services but Costa Rica has a lot of free camp spots available, specially on beaches. IMHO the variety and quality of wildlife and beaches are unsurpassed in all of Central America.

Few Facts about Costa Rica:

  • Population: 4.857 million (2016) World Bank
  • Area: 19,700 sq miles (51,000 km²)
  • Capital: San José
  • Currency: Costa Rican Colon (1 USD= 566 CRC)
  • Time spent: 3 months
  • Miles driven: 980
  • Diesel price per gallon: $3.14

I’m sure that by now you have noticed that our blog posts are way behind (more than a year in this case). Even though I enjoy writing it, I don’t want it to become a burden and the internet being what it is in remote areas of South America, I only write when I have a long period of down time and good wifi.

For more current updates you can follow us on Facebook at Joe and Josée’s Journey or on Instagram @ joeandjosee

Next, Panama … Stay tuned!

 

 

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