Playa Conchal (try, try again)

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

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I've been checking with the travel agency that’s connected with the condos where I’m staying. I’ve been wanting a guided tour to Volcán Arenal and to Parque Nacional Monteverde, especially Monteverde.  Although I’ve been willing to drive the local dirt roads, the warnings in the guidebook I have were vivid enough to make me think I’d be better off letting someone else do the driving to Monteverde.  They require a minimum of four people for a tour so I had to wait to see if at least three other people wanted to go were I want to go.  There isn’t anybody for Monteverde but I can join a group to Volcán Arenal tomorrow. 

For today I tried again to visit Playa Conchal and made it there in between showers.  A large hotel bought all the land in front of Playa Conchal and walled it off.  You may recall from my earlier post that Playa Conchal is billed as the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica and the "sand" is comprised, not of sand but the crushed shells of billions of sea creatures.

The beaches, by law, have to stay public so they can’t make it a private beach but, by walling off all the land in front of the hotel, the only option people not staying at the hotel have is to go to the next beach, Playa Brasilto, and walk a couple of kilometers back south along the beach to Playa Conchal.  I did it and drowned my iPod in the process.

My car is too little for a trunk so I can’t leave anything in it when I leave it.  Anything left in it would be an invitation to thieves.  I put everything I had in a bag that I slung across my shoulder.  As I was walking down the beach I came to a stream that was emptying into the ocean and waded across.  It got a lot deeper than I’d expected but I held my camera high to keep it out of the water.  I was wearing trunks and was barefoot so it was no big deal… I thought… I’d forgotten about the bag on my back and the water was deep enough that the bottom of the bag (where the iPod happened to be) went in the water.  It was dead when I remembered it and tried to rescue it.  :-<  I am not a happy camper.

I continued on to Playa Conchal and took some pictures.  It was sufficiently overcast that the water didn’t look the beautiful color that it does when the sun’s on it but it’s still a beautiful beach.
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Chris Nordell on

Put your ipod on a bowl of rice so that it is surrounded with rice. Leave it a day or two and it will possibly start working again. The rice draws the moisture out.

Mary Anne Brown on

Steve, so soory abut your ipod... your pictures are beautiful

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