Water Slide Heaven

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Mar 05, 2011

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Baldi Costa Rica Resort

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

We are now at the Baldi Costa Rica Resort just outside of La Fortuna where we were hoping to get a good view of the volcano. We did get about a 30 second view of the top on Tuesday morning but for the rest of the time Arenal has been capped by clouds as it is most of the time.

The drive from the Caribbean was longer than we had expected. It is important to factor in the imminent traffic jams when planning travel by road in this country. The good thing about driving here is that the view is always great; I just can't get over the beauty of this country.

The Baldi Resort is a fantastic spot, especially for the kids. With an endless supply of superheated water they have 14 different pools ranging from 45 to 34 degrees C and 3 waterslides. It is cut out of the jungle and is such an awesome setting to work with that Tricia is thinking of going back to school to take architecture so she can design something like this. It is really beautiful and first class. You can tell by looking at the prices but we haven’t eaten here other than the included breakfasts, which are OK, and the very marginal buffet they had at dinner on Monday night when we arrived.

Yesterday we had both meals in La Fortuna a town that is very touristy but quite nice. Lunch was at a little wrap shop called Gecko Gourmet and was very nice and dinner was at a soda on main street. The sodas don’t offer much in the way of ambiance but you can generally count on good food. The Costa Ricans don’t use a lot of spice but their food is good.

We have checked out of the resort but we do have the run of the place until 10 tonight so for the time being we are letting the kids run the show. The plan is to head to the cloud forest tomorrow where we have a house rented for 3 nights. As the crow flies, over the volcano, it is not too far but taking the back roads we expect it to be a 3-hour drive. We will stop in a town called Tilaran tonight, which is north of Santa Elena at the start of the bad roads.

Monteverde should be interesting. Bugs, butterfly’s and hummingbirds are what we are most likely to see. There are apparently over 100 species of hummingbirds in the Monteverde cloud forest.

Apparently it has been decided. A sprite rojo and a pina colada for the kids then back to the waterslides while Tricia and I run in to town and pick them up bagels for lunch and then we are going to hit the road.

Hasta luego!!
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JB on

A little more greenery there than here. But we have more dust I bet. Looks like a great place to hang out for the day.

sandy on

That is a lot of species of hummingbirds!! Good luck on your sightings tomorrow. The birdwatcher here (me) heard 'cheeseburger' today - mountain chickadee.

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