Bus ride to the BEACH!
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This morning started at 7:55 am for a 4 and 1/2 hour bus trip to Manuel Antonio! It was an interbus which was only $35 U.S. dollars and only 2 other people riding in a mini-van sort of vehicle. Between the twisty, bumpy roads and the vehicle, the ride was not very smooth. We stopped at San Ramon for a bathroom/drink break. Another 2 hours later to Jaco Beach, which was my first glimpse of the beach since I had arrived in Costa Rica. I was able to see ocean views from the bus during the drive but we actually stopped at Jaco Beach. As we first stepped out of the bus, we were hit with heat and humidity. I welcomed the change of weather from the airconditioned interbus.
Karahe Hotel was right by the beach and within walking distance of a lot of things on the beach. The only problem that we soon found out is that there was NO HOT WATER!!! This made showers difficult. We checked in, threw our bags in the room, went to eat at the hotel restaurant and finally set out to get our feet in the sand. We made our way down the beach towards Manuel Antonio National Park.
As we came out of the park, I realized that the actual entrance to the park really isn't that easy to find. We just ended up following a bunch of people and hoped that it would take us somewhere. More pictures were taken on rocks, in the water and on the beach.
For dinner, we walked back down the beach to a great place that was recommended - Marlin's. It had a great atmosphere and great view of the beach. We of course had ceviche and margaritas. Afterward we took a cab to Byblos, which was again recommended for some night life. It had a casino, some pool tables and a big screen tv. That's not exactly what we were looking for so we kept moving to Barba Roja. There was an upper bar, dance floor and walkway to a lower bar. Even though it was dark you could tell that in the daytime the view would have been phenomenal. The moonlight was lighting the view just enough to get a glimpse of what it could be. The music was similar to Prive in San Jose with a mix of reggaeton and American hip hop. Another good night =)