Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara
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A long bus ride and a ferry ride and finally we arrived at the beach. This is the sleepiest beach town I have ever seen, but it will be a nice way to spend a fee days before coming home. Our hotel is super cute and we take up more than half of it. Next door is a great restaurant serving humongous meals and hopefully we will watch the USA game there tomorrow. Check out the pics from the ferry ride below. More pics to follow ...
Woke up at 5 and then had to shift sand for the hatchery. We then cleared grass and mud for a pathway in the camp with machetes spades and takes. Had breakfadt at 8 and then went surfing. Was so rough and hard but getting pointers fromy leader later which will be good. Spent the day surfing and also helped patch up the hatchery as the cows destroyed it. I then went surfing with ...
... crowds were
pulled up to Cerrillo beach and parked under the palms, we unloaded our things
to a cement picnic table and headed out to the sand to enjoy the sun before it
got too high in the sky. We laid on the beach resting and chatting, taking
breaks to swim, for a couple hours before moving up to the shade of the palms. It
was a lovely relaxing day. We had a lunch of fruit and a typical ...
... vehicles and made a quick getaway, in case the streams across the roads turned into rivers on the route home. It was a shame to leave the turtles so soon, but as it's wet season we'd been lucky to have the time we did to revel in the sight. After the excitement in Sámara, yet another (definitely my last!) whistlestop visit through San Jose is now required, before I fly up to the new sights and sounds of Guatemala ...
... turtle was laying eggs. We literally stood peering over the hole she had dug watching these ping pong ball type eggs dropping into the hole. It was truly amazing to watch.
We learned that the eggs will take around 60 days to hatch and only 1% will survive to reproduce later in life. They only start laying eggs when they are 20 years old and can live until a hundred. Since the turtle conservation project began they have recorded a tagged turtle returning to the beach for ...