Playa Grande- Surf, siestas and sunsets
Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
10Trip End Jul 31, 2014
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The change from our green mountain to the dry forest of the peninsula was almost shocking. The northern Peninsula de Nicoya is one of the driest climates in Costa Rica, and it was the height of the dry season where it hadn't rained for months. As we drove by totally brown fields and leafless trees we marveled that the whole place didn't go up in smoke. "Es normal" Roy assured us. The sun baked down on the parched earth and it was hot, hot, hot. When we arrived at our inn at the height of the afternoon the main street in town was empty
After getting settled we headed for the beach and relished the cool breezes and refreshing water. The girls headed into the surf right away, and after a few times of getting pounded by the waves and saltwater up their nose, they quickly became more comfortable being in the ocean. The beach was huge (3 miles long), wide and almost empty. Pretty shells and coral soon filled our pockets, and the body surfing had all four of us whooping and hollering all afternoon.We stayed on the beach and enjoyed our first sunset as the sun sank into a fiery orange and red sky. Dinner was at the restaurant right next to our inn with the best wood fired brick oven pizza we had ever eaten. We all collapsed into bed early, excited for surfing lessons the next day!
We were up and out early and played all morning in the waves with rented boogie boards. Back to the inn for afternoon siesta and then off to our surfing lesson. We had a nice small group, and luckily, a dad with a daughter in the class who agreed to take photos for us. We quickly learned why surfers are also way into yoga. You need to be extremely nimble and quick to pop up on your board in time to catch the wave, and if your feet are not in exactly the right position, down you go! All four of us were able to get up on our boards and had enough successful rides to know what it felt like to get all of the timing right. Our teachers were great and the waves were perfect for learning. Overall a very fun new experience, but I don't think any of us are going to give up skiing for surfing yet!
One of the neat things about Playa Grande was that it was full of expats and interesting people from all over the world
Our last couple of days were filled with more beach time, boogie boarding and an interesting boat tour up a large estuary. We saw all kinds of birds, the top of a croc's head and a whole clan of Howler monkeys all sacked out in the trees for their siesta after eating all morning.
When it was time to climb in the taxi to head back to Monteverde we were all spent from the sun the saltwater and the waves. It had been a great weekend, but we were all glad to head back up into the cool green hills.
Coming up: visitors, trip to Arenal and another border run!