Settling In

Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Coco's Sunset

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Given the state of the airline industry I found it a bit surprising that I didn't have to pay a fee to check luggage and American even served a meal (a "free" meal).  Of course I'd paid for it in my ticket price but airlines now love to charge for everything so it was nice to avoid some of the fees.

I'd found a car rental agency that would negotiate with me and saved me some money on a car rental.  They beat the lowest price I could find otherwise.  It's the same here as it was in Guatemala.  All the car companies charge an insurance fee for third party liability that almost exactly doubles the cost of the rental.  That was a rude surprise last year in Guatemala.  This year I asked about it and included it in my comparisons.

On the drive from the airport in Liberia to my room in Playas de Coco I discovered that they weren't kidding when they said this is the rainy season here.  The skys simply opened up, visibility went way down and I picked my way through unfamiliar territory, trying to follow the directions I'd been given.  I'm writing this blog so, obviously, it all worked out and I got here... wet... but "home" for the next 2 weeks.
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Chris Nordell on

Enjoyed the story and pictures. I like the orange flowers and fungus. Hope you don't get to tired of the rain and dampness.

Mary Anne Brown on

Steve, you took some beautiful picture. Looks like you are having fun.. we miss you.

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