. At one time this town was the major pacific coast shipping center for Costa Rica. It is about 20 kilometers distance to the actual ferry landing. Naturally, I miss the turn, but my excuse is the vegetation was not cut back from the road sign. We passed a prison looking building, and there was a guy in the guard tower, and then I saw a left hand turn off the "highway" which enabled us to turn around. Road sign are few and far between but, I knew where to turn.
The speed limit was 40 kilometers per hour (25 mph) and I was being passed like I was sitting still. Even when there was no real lane to pass. I just pulled to the right and let them by.
Downtown there was a lot of activity and so we parked to see what all the excitement was about.
There were dozen of policemen and women, several vendors roasting meats on the street, and lots of people lining the side walks. I purchased some chicken "on a stick" from a street vendor, she wanted 1000 colones or 2 dollars. The chicken had been roasted over a wood fire and was pretty good for street food. Kathy got a "Pilsen" beer, in a can, and so we had a small snack while taking pictures, admiring the flowers along the street and determined that today was the "big" soccer match between Puntarenas and ....... Well we never figured that out, but stadium seats were 3000 colones for in-the-sun seating and 4000 for seats in-the-shade. And for us, shade would have been a requirement, it was hot this afternoon.
Puntarenas has a public beach along the south side of the town and as you can imagine there were a lot vendors selling anything you could imagine for a successful day at the beach. It was interesting, it was picturesque, and we enjoyed walking the streets. A number of people stopped us and asked us where we were from, shook our hands, told us about themselves, and all in all we found everyone friendly and outgoing.
On the return trip we saw two separate police checkpoints, pulling traffic over to examine papers, I believe. We were not included in the checkpoints. For a country without a military there sure is a large police presence.
Back to the Double Tree, it has been a long and exhausting day.
After a leisurely morning laying in the sun, walking the surf and taking in the clean air, we decided to take the car into the town of