Hotel Plaza Yara
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Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
Quite glad to leave Santa Elena - hotel a bit mediocre and still windy and cold, but sunny, so the drive down the mountain was as spectacular as the one up had been, and after driving for half an hour it was a lot warmer. We drove south down the coast through interesting countryside and stopped for a drink at a very posh hotel recommended by …
... much remaining as the instructor and Adam could only be attributed to my yoga.
A Search and Recovery Dive followed which was more fun than expected, especially after the high of being so deep for the first time. Some underwater knot tying, navigation and inflatable bag lifts to finish and we were now Advanced Open Water Divers. Boom! We came back, cleaned up and bought our instructor a beer in gratitude. Adam had to return to volunteering that night so I said ...
... we saw their sign.
The rooms are small but are just fine since we did not plan to spend much time there except for napping and sleeping.
Took a tour of the rest of the area, saw the shower and ablutions block and a brief glance at the kitchen.
They did have two refrigerators that did not look very full.
Since we don't rent a car in Costa Rica to save money, one of the ...
... all our clothes put in the laundry (being the genius I am, I had only brought one pair of shorts with me for the weekend. Had to beg the rest of the group to lend me something so I would actually be able to go out!) We decided to go out for a nice dinner, partly because everywhere in Manuel Antonio is expensive, and partly because we were too tired to find anywhere cheaper. The view over the pacfic was amazing- definitely worth the extra money! The next day we got up ...
... The main draw to the fiesta, though, was the bull riding rodeo.
Now, I have never experience anything like this. And I know that our experience was quite intense. Spectators had two viewing options – the bleachers (where we sat) or along the sidelines (aka sitting on metal gates so your feet dangle above the bull). Tons of people opted for the second option which got them super close to the bulls throughout the rodeo. On top of sitting like ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking