On the way to the BEACH! Nicoya Penninsula

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Its going to be a long day of travels today!

First 6am bus to Puntarenas, which takes about 4 hours and will bring us to our ferry crossing! 10.30am catch our ferry to Paquerias, 2 hour ferry ride! The boat was packed with other backpackers on their way to the Nicoya Peninsula!  The atmosphere is delightful as everyone is open to talking about their travels.  We had beautiful weather along the way and once again the views remarkable!  We dock about noon at Paquerias, very small area, and again bombarded with taxis, locals wanting to give you rides! You have so many choices of transportation, just take one quickly! As soon they all disappear if you wait to long to make a decision! You can bargain a little for the right price but in the end most of them charge about the same!

We took a local jeep owner named Rochue some other travellers we meet on the boat and discovered we were heading in the same direction! Good choice because we can split the price 5 ways!  We are headed to a little surfing town of Mal Pais!  We had just begun our journey on our yellow jeep when suddenly the jeep stops! Rochue jumps out and does some home repairs on the jeep. He has a coke can in the engine which apparently helps hold something together! Interesting! I hope we make it!

We make it after a very bumpy ride! We roam about the town of Mal Pais, which is a thriving little surfers paradise!  Supermarkets, restaurants, internet, tour office, surf shops....  We wander about a bit to find lodging and end up way down the main dirt road at a campground called Zeneidas which has its own restaurant and rooms available. The campground is on the front of the property on the beach.  Wonderful place to meet others. We stayed here 6 nights and enjoyed the beach and surfing! A great place for beginners to learn!!

We celebrated New Years in the area also and experienced a WILD RAVE on the beach! It was a wonderul way to bring in the new year 2005!! Did some late night swimming in the ocean under the moon also that night!

Be aware of the dirt road that forms Mal Pais, it is about 3km long and very heavy with traffic. We ended up walking along it to get from A to B and learned quickly that a bandanna is needed to cover your face and protect against the DUST!!
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