Last stop on Costa Rica's Carriben Coast

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Monday, July 2, 2007

This will be our final night in Costa Rica, it is so beautiful that we have actually stayed longer than we planned already! But we cant even afford to eat out for even one meal a day really so tommorow morning we are moving on to Panama.

Yesterday we enjoyed a super day out. We hired bikes from our hostel (Matts suggestion!) and rode out of the resort town of Puerto Viejo to beaches and small towns along the coast. After about 6kms we stopped at the absolutley beautiful beach at Punta Uva, as you can see from the photographs the beach is sandy and clean and is lined with swaying palms, the beaches here on Costa Rica's Carribean remind us a lot like those beaches in Sri Lanka. We delighted in the sea breeze before jumping back on the saddle and heading south to the end of the road! At the end of the road lies the small town of Manzanillo.

Manzanillo had quite a lot of visitors, we sat in the shade and bought two ice cold cokes from the shop which we felt we had well earned by that stage! We swam in the clear but rocky waters before relaxing in the shade and then started making our way back towards Puerto Viejo in the scorching afternoon sun.

The ride back was way harder than the ride there! The sun was much stronger and by the time we arrived back we had clocked up 28kms each!

We stopped at Playa Chiquita on the way back, with the intention of enjoying a quick dip, this was not to be....we locked our bikes together around a palm tree in the soon as we had done that a man came running over speaking to us in Spanish, actually shouting across the sands would be more appropriate. He needed water for a girl who had just been rescued from the roaring waters.
We of course gave water and saw the poor girl (a Gringo teenager) shaking on the sands. That was not the end of it though, we turned around and a lifeguard came zooming onto the beach, he ran in the water and swam out so far that over the waves at times it was difficult to spot him. Ocean kayakers were also sent out, at this stage there were tons of people on the beach.

After what seemed an age the lifeguard bought the young girl to the shore, she was whisked off in an ambulance. We were delighted that she had been saved, these waters can be so rough and the riptides are so strong. We asked a man on the way back down the beach if she was ok, he could'nt speak English but he looked distressed and made hand language that it was not good news, we heard the siren of the ambulance as we were getting ready to leave. It was an awful end to the day - we hope that the poor girl will be ok.

After that we both quietly cycled back to Puerto Viejo via a sandy beach strewn with coconuts called Playa Cocles. Last night we ate cheap burgers out and shared some chips as we were too tired to cook!
This morning Matt bought some delicious fresh fruit from a street vendor and some yogurt from the supermarket and we enjoyed a gorgeous breakfast whilst swinging in the hammocks.

Tommorow Panama..............


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