Can I Have Sum More Sir?

Trip Start May 07, 2010
Trip End May 16, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Friday, May 14, 2010

We had 2 days left in our vacation and we were still hungry for more Costa Rica.  In another last second decision, Rowena and I decided to hit one more beach town, Mal Pais.  Mal Pais lies just west of Montezuma and merges with another beach town to the north, Santa Teresa.  I would say that it caters less to the backpacker type (though there are a number of hostels there) and moreso, to the 'mid-range' tourist.  Most of the shops remind me of those found in Newport Beach, California or some coastal city in Orange County, California.  Much too polished for my taste.  Businesses, here, are also owned by expats and not so much by the locals.  One of the area's notoriety is that the Hollywood stars, Mel Gibson and Drew Barrymore, have bought property in this area.  As such, real estate value has skyrocketed.  What Mal Pais does have that is quite a bit better than Montezuma are spans and spans of beaches.  They are littered with the same debris, but not as much.  And the amount of dry sand real estate is much more expansive.

We left Montezuma in the morning at 7AM and arrived in Mal Pais at about 8AM.  Not too bad of a drive since the roads connecting the two towns were mostly paved.  We settled in at the hostel turned hotel, Frank's Place.  This hotel recently expanded and upgraded everything to cater to the mid-range tourist.  Since it was our remaining days at the beach, Rowena and I decided to splurge, insisting on a private bath and A/C.  A/C wasn't really needed here since the breeze in the area picked up, but nevertheless, in a few minutes, we had that thing screaming.  One other great thing about the hotel was that it was walking distance to the beach.

As soon as we got settled, we headed out to the beach to check out the surf.  It was so-so with closeouts but still better than Huntington Beach, CA waves during the summer.  Plus, the beach was all mine, mine, mine!  I didn't feel like longboarding again since I only had that day to enjoy the surf.  Instead, I had the brilliant idea to do bodyboarding.  Just next to our hotel was Frank's surf shop (same establishment) that rented bodyboards and more importantly the fins as well.  Lord, I was in heaven as Montezuma didn't rent fins.  We got two sets for myself and Rowena.  I thought since Rowena didn't do so well with longboarding that bodyboarding would be a bit easier for her.  Wrong!  LOL.  She could not control her balance because of the fins on her feet when we were walking out to the surf.  I instructed her to walk backwards but that didn't help, plus the currents were still pretty strong at this beach as well.  After a few minutes of coaxing her, she decided to sit this one out. 

So what did I do next?  'Course, I hit the waves like I did when I used to bodyboard the California beaches (Huntington, Newport, San Diego, Malibu, Santa Barbara, etc.) everyday a few years back with my good ol' surf buddies Glenn, Roy, George, Alphonso, and my brothers Joe and Joel.  It all came back to me... then left after 30 minutes because I was huffin' and puffin' it!  LOL.  But... I have to admit, the old man still has it.  I was duckdiving like a porpoise, clawing the water like a seal, and riding those waves like a shark.

After a few hours, Rowena and I had lunch at Product C.  A fish market/fish restaurant close by owned by a cool American with an afro.  We quickly scarfed down two fish tacos and an order of ceviche, went back to the beach for more bodyboarding, but decided against it because of the conditions of the waves.  They just got mushy.

We took a nap, then went to the hotel's restaurant (Azucar Restaurant) for dinner since the lady who had greeted us in the morning there while we wandered around at the hotel was super nice.  Morgane, along with her husband, Norbis runs and owns the restaurant, even if it did reside on the hotel's property.  Norbis, originally from Cuba, is a classically trained chef who cooked quite a bit in London and was kind enough to share some of his war stories in the kitchen.  He's also a sports fan fanatic and can cite statistics if the conversation warrants it.  Morgane is French and was the sweetest lady in the world.  Rowena and I had a great night there, even if we were one of only two couples.  What made it even better was that we actually got rain while we had dinner and drinks.  Sooo awesome to sit there and relax.  At about 9PM, we called it a night.  We deserved to turn in a little early, trust me.

Learn more about the Azucar Restaurant at their website:
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martin on

heys guys crazy good pictures about the surf in montezuma, i would like to recomend to visit cartonsurfboards in calle madrigal, jaco, costa rica. they have a lot of desings of surfboards for sell and for rent to all the people from the begginers to pro surfers, i ove it this point in costa rica. visit in the web this guy is cool.

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