Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
... now. Now we are off to find some coffee... After coffee we all met down by the pool area where we encountered a family of squirrel monkeys. The would come up to us and touch our hands and let us pet them (briefly). They were the cutest of all three of the species. Our apartment manager Chuck told us that it was a rare occasion to see all three species of monkeys in one day. We had breakfast at Emilios. The view was spectacular of the entire ...
... house they might get to see quite a lot of us in the future.
So now we are in Costa Rica, arriving in San Jose on the 16th January. We flew with Iberian, now part of B.A. I have to say the food was the worst I have experienced on a plane and, as the standard is generally poor, you can imagine how bad that was. Jim and I had different choices for the main meal and they were both inedible! Two smaller meals consisted of sandwiches on ...
We arrived in Puntarenas, a nice beach town completely surrounded by sea, where we had our first of many casados. This is the typical costa rican dish, which includes a very large helping of meat, rice, beans, and salad. We also made our first friend, Emmanuel, who spent an hour attempting to woo Amy by showing her Cranberries music videos.
The next day we got the bus to Manuel Antonio. From spectacular views of the ocean to monkeys casually ...
... through all of Central America) for a bit, and also on a fairly major toll highway, too.
Then we stopped at a bridge crossing the Tarcoles River, and saw a total of 40(!) crocodiles! It was amazing to see so many all at once, and so many big ones, too - Kim got some great photos of them.
We continued on to a very nice restaurant at a hotel named Hotel Villa Caletas that overlooked the Pacific Ocean, and then after another hour or ...
... of it. They pull the boat up on the bank when they spot one and the driver would hop out of the boat and feed them. At one point he even got on the back of a crocodile! It was crazy. These things were HUGE! It was cool to see them up close too. We also took a trip through the mangroves before catching the sunset over the ocean.
After the tour we got back on the road to head towards Jaco. We were staying at a hotel owned by the owner of my school. We got into Jaco and it ...
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