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Playas del Coco on the Nicoyla Penninsula

Change is in the wind

sunny 38 °C

February 21, 2015

The tour was over but that didn’t mean that the adventure was. We got a cab this morning from the San Carlos Hotel ( our very funky little hotel) to the domestic airport (Juan Santamaria) building which is located in the international airport which will make it very convienent when we return to San José to catch our return flight home in 8 days. Seems our plane was broken (this keeps happening to us) and we waited until they borrowed a plane from the other local airline before the 7 passengers took off two hours late. The plane was small enough that we even had shoulder straps and the pilot gave the safety talk that was basically, read the pamphlet (located right between the barf bags.)

We landed in Liberia which has a number of direct flights from Canada and the states arriving daily from the major airlines as this area is a significant tourist destination for Costa Rica. The Nicoyla Peninsula is hot and dry, unlike the rain forest we have been spending time in. Walking from our small plane in the afternoon heat and strong wind was like walking thru a clothes dryer.

We are in the resort community of Playas del Coco staying in a new, modern residential complex known as Pacifico. This is a mixed-use development built to U.S. standards with all of the conveniences, amenities, quality and design expected in a world-class resort and is very different than what we have been used to these last two weeks. http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/aboutarticles/pacifico-master-plan/ We even have a plug for our bathroom sink and a washing machine and dryer which has been working for the past few hours.

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We walked to a near by grocery store that would look at home in any upscale North American suburb and bought enough food for dinner then sat out on our balcony, in our gated community, drank wine and enjoyed our dinner. We have not turned on the a/c but opened the sliding doors to the balcony and had the ceiling fans going, a nice warm evening breeze blowing. Change has occurred….. we will start to explore this small town tomorrow.

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Posted by Colenso 18:48 Archived in Costa Rica

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