Bus ride to the BEACH!

Manuel Antonio Travel Blog

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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.

Jaco Beach
The sand on Jaco beach was almost black yet still soft. I couldn't walk around on it too much without my flipflops though since it was in the middle of the day and the sand was HOT! Atiba told me that Jaco Beach is definitely a surfer town and all that entails. What that is, I guess I'm not quite sure =) Another 40 minutes of driving until we reached our destination!

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.

Monkey just chilling in Manuel Antonio park
It was a $10 entrance fee and unfortunately was closing within the hour that we got there. This was the only time that we would have been able to go so we still decided to pay.  It would have been great to spend more time here since there were trails that you were able to see many animals and private beaches. This is where we saw all the monkeys! There were about 6 of them and I was able to get some good pictures. Atiba made the comment that we were able to see my cousins =) LOL! After we both had our pictures/videos of the monkeys and they decided to continue playing elsewhere, we continued to walk. We didn't walk very far and decided to go to the beach for a few pictures. The guides blew the whistle signaling everyone to leave the park. As we were leaving we saw more (or the same) monkeys playing and just laying there.
We continued to walk out and there was a raccoon following us! He was about 6 feet away from me but I wasn't going to chance getting any closer. He didn't seem to mind that we were walking there. Finally, he just went off the trail and into the trees.

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 =)

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View at San Ramon
View at San Ramon
Jaco Beach
Jaco Beach
Monkey just chilling in Manuel Ant…
Monkey just chilling in Manuel An…
Plant at San Ramon
Plant at San Ramon
surfer at Jaco Beach
surfer at Jaco Beach
We stayed here the 16th and 17th.
We stayed here the 16th and 17th.
Our patio/room is the one on the t…
Our patio/room is the one on the …
Pool at Karahe Hotel
Pool at Karahe Hotel
Restaurant at Karahe Hotel
Restaurant at Karahe Hotel
Entrance to Manuel Antonio Park
Entrance to Manuel Antonio Park
Monkeys just chilling in Manuel An…
Monkeys just chilling in Manuel A…
Me playing in the warm water in Ma…
Me playing in the warm water in M…
Raccoon chasing us in Manuel Anton…
Raccoon chasing us in Manuel Anto…
Outside of Manuel Antonio Park
Outside of Manuel Antonio Park
Outside of Manuel Antonio Park
Outside of Manuel Antonio Park
Barba Roja during the day
Barba Roja during the day
Jaco Beach - on the drive from Are…
Jaco Beach - on the drive from Ar…
Awww - wedding on the beach.
Awww - wedding on the beach.
Taken out of bus window on the way…
Taken out of bus window on the wa…
Taken out of bus window on the way…
Taken out of bus window on the wa…
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park