Last days on the Pacific Playa
Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Apr 24, 2012
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La Hacienda Tropical
Our last days were spent in Mal Pais. We stayed the whole time at La Hacienda Tropical, a little gem on the southern end of the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area of Costa Rica. This part of Costa Rica is known for its tremendous surfing and beautiful beaches. La Hacienda was a chill place with a great pool. The owners (Paul and Maryanne) dropped everything a few years ago and moved to the playa. Both grew up and lived in New England so we had a lot in common. Paul had surfed extensively in the same spots I surf in Maine. They were very gracious hosts. We had a great room and shared kitchen. We often ate family style at the big kitchen table with other guests. We quickly made many friends. Lenny and Lisa from California became quick friends and we spent a lot of time together
The surfing was fantastic. I got in at least 1, usualy 2 sessions per day. First off, the waves in Mal Pais are typically huge, and that was exactly the case while we were there. The storms travel great distances in deep water and hold their power then slam into the coast right there. The waves were consistenly head to head-and-a-half high (faces between 6 and 10 feet high). Paul took me to several spots that I would never, ever dream of going to without some local knowledge. Entry into the water includes paddling thru large rocks and pinnacles on the shore/shallows, trying to avoid the crashing waves. The bottom in these places is reef/rock. The waves however were wonderful, consistent left-hand point breaks in safe water - as long as you peel off the wave well before shore
We also visited Montezuma. It is a chill town northwest of Mal Pais. It was a crazy 14km drive thru the jungle to get there. It had a wonderful trail that you follow up a river to a waterfall with a great swimming hole. You could jump in from various places into the cool water. Hunter and I jumped from a rock cliff at least 10 feet above the water. He is a crazy little kid.
After all this time in dry, hot Costa Rica playa we were ready to head into the mountains and some cooler air. but we will alway remember the beauty and power of the pacific as well as the great friends we had made.