Costa Rica | Montezuma

Costa Rica | Montezuma

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We had the best time in Costa Rica during Christmas break.  We left the week before, having the kids only miss four and a half school days, but getting a three week vacation.  It wasn't cold yet on the Outer Banks, and while we were gone they had 80° temps!  When we've visited before, it's been during the kid's spring break, during the dry season.  We were excited to visit Costa Rica at the end of their rainy season when everything was still green and lush.

We had planned three towns throughout the country to visit.  Of course, they all have beaches!  We started on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the town of Montezuma.  We flew in, took the Puntarenas ferry, and drove down to our little casita in the jungle.

We did a bunch of night driving in the mountains, so we didn't get to see everything until morning.  We had breakfast the next day with tons of capuchin monkeys about!  They were very mischievous!  Every morning they would gather around the breakfast area, stealing sugar packets and tearing up the very few Christmas decorations that were out.  The servers would bring out a few bananas if they got too rowdy and let the kids feed them.

 

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The beach was calm, and very rocky.  We found a lot of sea glass in the rocks.  Dayne loved cracking up the coconuts.  He found a cool seed that was in the shape of a heart.  He kept it and even smuggled it back in the US without us, or customs finding out.

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We were staying near Montezuma Falls, so we took a morning hike their one day.  It was a pretty intense hike for me, as I was trying my hardest to keep my shoes dry as we traversed rocks islands.  We made it to the falls with a little repelling involved with ropes that had been place in the rocks by travelers before for spots that did not have any grabs or footing.  Travelocity says there are three falls, each getting more intense in beauty and difficulty as you go.  We stopped at waterfall one.  I blame this on having the children with us, but I barely made it myself.  On the way back, I almost kept my hiking shoes (chuck taylors) dry, but near the entrance, in front of an oncoming tour group, I completely ate it, landing full body in the water.  Scrapes, blood and all.  Luckily, my husband knew this was a possibility and he had the camera gear on him.  The tour group looked relieved they had paid for a guide, as we did not.

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Montezuma was a really cute town.  Since being just a bus ride from the ferry it wielded lots of back packers, hikers and all around homeless looking drifters.  Plenty of places to eat and shop, even to get your hair dreadlocked on the main (dirt) road.

 

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for posts from Playa Carrillo, and Playa Hermosa Puntarenus.

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