On our way to Panama

Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Got up early and was on the road by 6:00 am for a five day road trip to Panama.  Girls were excited about entering Panama, they wanted to shop in the duty-free town.

We stopped at Rafailitas for breakfast.  Had Tico food again. Sara refused to eat and had half a plantain for breakfast.  I think the girls are getting tired of Tico food.

Stopped at Playa Dominicalito and walked on the beach.  It was really nice there, a lot of rocks on the beach and very pretty. 

Don was racing to get to Panama but I had to slow him down because we had planned for months to go to the Oso Peninsula and visit Corcavado National Park.  I had to talk him into two days on the coast.

So we decided to drive to Golfito and take the ferry across to the Oso Peninsula but it didn't work out.  We couldn't take the car and didn't want to leave it overnight.  Robby met a Tico named Miguel who was very eager to help us.  He jumped in the car next to Courtney and started flirting right away.  We rode up and down the avenue getting all kind of information.  Finally we tipped him and decided to drive around to Puerto Jimenez to stay the night, with the plans to visit Corcavado the next day.

This was probably the best thing we did.  We found this great little cabina on the water, Cabinas Jimenez.  The manager was from Key West.  The whole place was like a resort from the Keys.  We decided to take a La Sirena tour the following morning.  The boat took you back over to an area near Golfito, to a wildlife rescue sanctuary, then snorkeling and plane boarding with dolphins.

We went to dinner at this Italian place called PizzaMail.It.  The pizza and pasta was great.  I wouldn't know about the pasta because Robby ate mine thinking it was his.  He thought he ordered some, so when mine came he took it and consumed it.  I waited for 45 minutes for mine.  He finally went up to ask and came back and told me the waitress made a mistake and forgot to put my order in.  I had to eat cold pizza that was left over.

When we left, Robby and Don went for a ride on bikes while the girls and I finally got to use the Internet.  They had an open air lobby that we could sit in and I was up to 11 and Sara stayed until midnight on webcam.

After a couple of beers Don and Robby came home and Don told me Robby admitted that he really had eaten my dinner.  He forgot to order pasta for himself.

Trivia:  Costa Rica doesn't have regular iced tea.  They don't make tea with tea bags here. They sell two different brands of ready made.  Hi-C tea lemon and Te' frio which comes in limon or meloncoton (peach).  We are addicted to both now and will probably not be able to drink McDonald's sweet tea or Publix sweet tea anymore.  One night we followed the Te' Frio truck all the way down a mountain and figured he would be the one to ask about hotels.  He didn't know the area though.  The picture below is his truck.

Went to bed in anticipation of the boat tour in the morning.
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