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Trying something new. Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Non Vegas Trip Reports' started by fraygul, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. fraygul

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    Aww thank you!!




    I tried to take a video of the dragonflies. Not sure how it came out. I’m too old too see them on my phone screen haha

    Since it has Las Catalinas rooftops in there, here’s pics of the town


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    Pretty sure this is a hotel BE021E00-1303-414C-B949-DD811AD1AA28.jpeg 7E77276F-79DB-4C39-A566-0E6EAB98E974.jpeg
     

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    67B65AFF-74AE-4580-89E6-47BA4456FA09.jpeg Right now zomg
    Zomg is for how did I fluke such a great picture????
     
  3. fraygul

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    Hubby’s iguana pose
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  5. fraygul

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    Thanks! It’s ubearably hot this morning but the pictures look amazing. When it’s cloudy it’s so nice out but the pictures look cold haha. I’m going to float in the pool all day and there’s ceviche lessons today for free so we are going to learn how to cook. It’s a full day haha
     
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    BD631ED6-2101-4C2D-A8FD-17C6BC074A92.jpeg I’ve been looking at this all week. Pretty sure if I took Link up this hill then glided over to the island we could grab whatever treasure is under the very conspicuous tree.
     
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    Lunch in our spot in the bar. Looking over the bay instead of the ocean. I’m weird I like to look at thing instead of vast nothing haha
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    Then we learn to cook!
     
  8. dvandentop

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    Amazing thanks so much for sharing this adventure
     
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    I don’t take pics of ceviche. I was living in the moment. Front desk guy told us the secret to their amazing French fries is freeze the potatoes after you cut them. Need to try this when I get home. The fries and the beef here are just so freaking good. I need a nap but I don’t want to waste my last day. It’s voiding over a bit so it’s getting a bit more reasonable outside.
     
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    I haven't seen anyone but you guys. Do you have the whole country to yourself? LOL
     
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    Curious? Do they have bugs? Wondering if mosquitos are a problem with all that lush vegetation around.
     
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    Right? It sure feels like we have the place to ourselves. It’s so nice. I just really wanted a laying on the beach holiday so this is way better. There’s other people here but they go out all day, there’s a sanctuary near here, trails, the flamingo thing which I think is a town. I was so sick before the trip I honestly did zero research. But there’s lots of stuff on the other side of the cove. Supposedly full of yummy food. Our friends stayed near there last year. Everyone seems to come back for sunset and dinner. They do this ceremony with a gong and lighting fire at the pool. It’s a thing and nobody has explained it to me haha but everyone seems to come back for it. There were bartender lessons the other day. 2 people took it, we watched while we ate lunch so there was 4 of us plus staff. Then dinner was pretty busy.
    Sugar beach hotel had about 20 people mulling around between the beach and the restaurant and spa. Las Catalinas has a bit more scattered through the town and shops and beach. Enough to not be scary but miles away from feeling crowded. All the loungers and picnic tables and hammocks were available. Oh and the have free bikes to ride around town. They have baskets and aren’t locked up which is very cool.

    For bugs, the driver guy that brought us from the airport said use spray for mosquitoes but I haven’t actually seen any. I have bites but they are from ants. We smoke outside by the front desk and there’s ants on the ledge. They’ve got me a few time but that’s it. And they hurt way less than the ant bites I get at home. Piles of geckos and don’t dragonflies eat mosquitoes? Also we were told it doesn’t rain much up here. We see it go by, but we have had 5 minutes to a half hour each day and then it dries quick. Maybe this spot just doesn’t have enough standing water? I only keep the doors to the patio closed because there’s baby geckos by the front door and one is lost in our bathroom. I don’t want any more to get lost. I’m such a freaking dork. I spent last night googling if he’d be okay. Lotsa cool gecko info online haha.
     
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    Oh and there’s like 4 people in their 20s up at the ‘real’ pool. I don’t get why when everyone has their own but when I was young I would have done it too. The cabanas are below the bar and you can’t really see them.
     
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    After that post I did see one mosquito. We just saw a raccoon on the way back to our room but my stinkin husband was yelling “whaaa who is that???” And it looked at us and ran off so no pic. Anyway here’s supper lol
    (It’s not raccoon)
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    Forgot to take dessert before we ate it. Oops
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'd be totally worried about the gecko too LOL.
     
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    Home. Air canada did everything they could to ruin my mellow but I’ve still got a bit haha. That was my best trip ever. I’ve never had hugs from bellboys when I leave a hotel before or parting gifts. I’m sooo going back.
    We were hanging out with them again before we left and they said the hotel was running 50-60% capacity while we were there so even full I don’t think it would be anywhere near crowded. It’s only 2 years old. They don’t have any issues I could see for still being that new. The only thing I didn’t love was the room is vaulted across and the ceiling part is open to the bathroom. So while you can’t see each other in the bathroom you can hear so I had to make hubby go sit on the patio to go to the bathroom haha. It was our torture I’m sure.
    Spent more on souvenirs in the airport than we did the whole trip. The Liberia airport is the size of Saskatoon’s which is pretty freaking awesome. Nobody will ever convince me that large airports are great. I’m going to avoid Houston’s at all costs from now on. I hated it so much.
    Thank you guys for reading :D
     
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    Thanks again for the great trip report. I have shared this with my husband and it is on our list of places to try now. Also good tip about the bathroom I have a shy bladder so would do the same thing LOL.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not that uninhibited haha. Occupancy was the word I was looking for, guess i am still in Costa Rica mode.
     
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    Awesome report was the resort all american cash or did you have to convert canadian $?
     
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    Glad you had such a great time!
     
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