Racoons, iguanas and surfing

Trip Start Dec 06, 2013
Trip End Dec 17, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Friday, December 13, 2013

Good morning paradise! We start the day in the beautiful national park of Manuel Antonio. We have a nice stroll through the park and on to the stunning beach where we spot a group of friends getting robbed by racoons. They start chasing them around the park but it's totally pointless. There are many racoons running around and trying to steal food. They even know how to open a bag of crisps! We continue along the beach with an increasing itch to go for a swim however we hesitate as nobody is swimming. And thanks god because at the end of this long beach a guard points at a tiny little sign, facing away from the beach, saying: 'Caution, crocodile on the beach' (!!!!) and then directs us to another beach just through a small path where we can actually swim. It is all really strange as it still is the same ocean... but hey, can't argue with a sign! We then meet an iguana relaxing on the beach and decide that it's time to go sunbathing too. As we are leaving the park (not the same way we came in), we see that we need to cross the water that is up to our waist deep and has a huge sign saying 'Crocodile water'. Are you kidding me?? Dannii's face changes considerably and she is in panic. We hold our stuff over our heads and we run for life! Phew, we are still alive...

We find a nice spot on the beach and relax but not for long. Some surfer approaches us offering surfing lessons and we refuse but he insists that I have to try surfing. Since I really wanted to anyway, I agree to the free lesson. And I stand up on my first try and I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. After two hours in a water, I go wash sand and salt in a fresh natural spring just couple of minutes' walk from the beach (a tip from locals!) and go find Dannii who is getting completely burnt in the meantime.

We meet Cat and some others in a café by the beach and enjoy our lunch, then some more beach time and sunset. THIS IS LIFE.

Tonight, Jason organizes a bonfire night on the beach after a dinner in his restaurant. We buy wine, juice and all the stuff to make sangria and enjoy bongo music around the fire. Suddenly, the sea calls and half the party is in the water. Eh, those warm pacific waves...
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