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Feb 5, 2018 - From sweaters to flipflops

Today was luxuriously relaxing. We had breakfast overlooking the local canyon, with several blue top-knotted birds awaiting any leftovers. Then relaxing pool-side, where I had an entertaining conversation with a young bather who kept telling me something about my eyes - I am thinking "is something wrong with my eye, in my eye, what???" Turns out that she liked the color... Later in the day we went down to the river and were rather ceremoniously painted with mud with what appeared to be a house painting brush. After drying to a lovely ash...

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Feb 4, 2018 - We arrive!!!

We arrived today at about 3 pm in Liberia; the airport city in the north of Costa Rica. I felt quite enthralled to see our cab driver holding a card with my name on it - somehow, that always makes me feel taken care of. We are staying at a hotel in the countryside near one of the volcanos and I am pretty sure that the name of the lodge translates to "lodge by the canyon of the old woman; which somehow seems appropriate... There is a lovely pool with a swim up bar and apparently we can set up a volcano mud bath and scrub, which sounds...

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Nov 24, 2017 - This is how they do it in Costa Rica

Today we reached our 9th country, Costa Rica! It was along day, starting with a 2 hour chicken bus around Ometepe Island to get a hour ferry to the mainland. Then we got a 45 min taxi to the border. The border crossing was relatively painless, kind of a bit weird walking for 20 mins in basically no mans land between the border offices. Then we got another chicken bus for 2 hours to our hostel for the night in Liberia in northern Costa Rica. Liberia is basically a small industrial town which is the center for the surrounding ranchers and...

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Jan 25, 2017 - Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica. El Mangroove Resort

Jan 25, 2017 Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica. El Mangroove Resort The next morning was bright, sunny, and warm – just what we came for! The El Mangroove resort is only three years old and is very modern with great Internet (we will be spoiled for the rest of the trip). Our “Bark Suite” is in building 2 which is entered from a moat bridge and is near all the amenities of the resort. We intend to stay on the grounds and not try to journey into any of the small towns in the vicinity. There are two restaurants (Makoko and Matiss) only a short...

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May 24, 2011 - Costa Rica - Liberia and The Parque Rincon de la Vieja

Wow, Costa Rica is more expensive, somehow we spent $70 in the first night!! Going to try and make it cheaper farther south. We spent the day at a local national park. We wanted to camp there but our hotel said they had stopped that. We think he was wrong, but a day trip was a better idea. The parks forest didn't feel very tropical (apart from the temperature), but its contents certainly did. More Toucans and Agouti, both camera shy. More monkeys and more lizards. We bought an animal guide which we could have done with 3 weeks ago. We have...

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Jan 2, 2011 - Liberia

We decided to catch the bus into Liberia to get breakfast, to explore and have a local breakfast rather than an expensive American breakfast in the hotel. We asked the receptionist where to catch the bus, she seemed a bit suprised and offered to call us a taxi but explained where the bus stop was when we explained that we really did want to catch the bus. The stop was very close to the hotel and the journey was only took 20 minutes. Unfortunately, as it was Sunday and the day after New Year's Day, all we could find open was a supermarket...

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Jan 1, 2011 - Early start

We got up at 4 am on New Year's Day and left the house at 5 am to travel to Heathrow. We took a 10 hour flight to Houston where we had a 3.5 hour wait until our next flight to Liberia in northern Costa Rica. The airport was like no other airport I've ever been to. We walked down the steps from the plane, it was dark and the heat hit us and walked a very short distance into what looked like an open sided barn where we had our passports checked and then collected our bags from a very old and squeeky carosel and were out the front of the...

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Dec 15, 2010 - Different and the Same

Que tal? Liberia if the first place I have walked the main drag and felt of average height. Both men and woman are about my size. The similarity ends there. I swear I was the only blond woman (machita) in the town and I noticed many sideways glances as I wandered through the shops. They were not hostile, not curious, not solicitous, but I cant tell you the intentions. The most popular store in Liberia was the candy store. Woman and kids were stocking up on pinatas, individual party boxes and candy. Maybe that explains that 99% of the people...

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Jul 4, 2010 - Liberia

We headed over the border to Liberia in what should have been an easy journey but turned out to be a nightmare. The bus was supposed to leave at 2, but it took 4 hours to go through Nicaraguan and Costa Rican immigration - ridiculous. We arrived in Liberia only just in time to meet the girls at the airport, so didn't really have time to find a decent hostel. We just went to the first one in Lonely Planet which turned out to be a dive, so poor Niamh and Hayley turned up after their long flights to some dingy room. We left Liberia as soon as...

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Apr 1, 2010 - The Last Days Of Costa Rica!

Today we got the Tropical bus at 8:00am and were on our way to Liberia! We stopped for the half way coffee bathroom break and make it to The Hilton Garden Inn Liberia at 1:00 pm. We promptly changed and headed down to the pool & rest to get every last bit of sun we can before leaving Costa Rica. Rox was very impressed with the U.S. style clean room and pool side drink service. Hmmm... The chairs at the pool were very cozy and we had to check out large towels from the front desk for the pool that were so nice and soft. Internet is free, pool...

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Feb 27, 2010 - Birthday Boy Today!

Well today is my Birthday and I´m going to have a good time! Well we had a great day at the beach drinks and I rented a boogie board and Rox even went in the water as well. She said the water was so much warmer than Maui! Internet closes early today so I will keep it short. It rained today two times. Very cool since its over 90 degrees. It just kinda drys up almost right away. Feels cool to walk in the rain. Feels good against my red arms........ Brad.

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Feb 26, 2010 - Drive to Punt Islita!

We met up with Carla and Brian for breakfast on the beach. French toast and a plate of fresh fruit and a tall fruit smoothie... They Brian was nice and offered to take us for a drive up the coast. So we went over to Carrillo and then up to Punta Islita. We did the long tour on the way up and took a short cut back across a small river and saved 45 min of dirt road driving very cool trip. We really got to see the out back. At the end of the road was a small town and some very cool resorts. Puta Islita resort is 300 per night but inclued...

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