Trip Start May 07, 2010
18Trip End May 16, 2010
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We stayed at the Hotel Las Colinas Boutique. A small hotel of sorts just off the main drag. It was rated highly on Tripadvisor.com so we gave it a shot. Sort of discrete on the outside, the rooms were rather plush as compared to budget hostels. Amenities included a large shared patio, a private balcony overlooking the main road, 2 queen size beds, A/C, portable fridge, and a very helpful staff
After getting settled, Rowena and I hit the town, first visiting the cathedral and park just across the street. We replenished our supply of water (beer for me hehehe) and snacks from the supermarket and went back to the hotel to arrange a kayaking/hiking/hot springs tour(s) for the next day. Note, all of those activities I listed were all crammed into a single day! More about that later...
As the afternoon melted into the evening, we grabbed a bite to eat from the street vendor across the street, then wallowed across the park to the La Cascada restaurant to grab some beers and ceviche. As the evening wore on, we decided to go back to our hotel and relax on our private balcony with a bit more of the Devil's water we bought from the supermarket (beer for me, some sort of wine coolerish thing for Rowena).
I'm telling you, that part of the evening was one of the more peaceful moments in our trip. Below us, the supermarket was playing 80s music all night, with REM's "Losing My Religion" providing awesome immediate ambiance as soon as I opened the balcony door and as I literally parked my butt in the corner..
As a night cap, we headed over to one of the more livelier bars in La Fortuna, The Lava Lounge. At about 9:45PM, we were back in bed, red as turnips, filled with joy, and turned out the lights. Yes... call us hardcore party animals! LOL In our defense, I did have a crap load of beer.