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Monday 3/15 - I woke up at . I did not want to miss a minute of our vacation. Oscar was there early to pick us up for the ride to Samara. Sunny morning could see the ocean from our room this morning. I did some bird watching this morning saw 4 different types’ one with a bright yellow breast. Left at for the 4 hour ride. Stopped at the grocery store to get more wine, cervaza (
The dirt pot rutted road down the hill was not as bad as people said it was. It heated up quick just a few miles down as the terrain changed to more open, dryer grassy rolling hills. Had great views of the ocean and surrounding foothills on the way down. After about 2 hours we hit nice paved road. The road would be paved the rest of the way. Oscar stopped at a road side place for lunch. I had a very good Sea Bass lunch served with a shrimp sauce on a banana leaf $5. Saw Iguanas and a dead monkey in the road. Drove through another small town, everyone seemed to dress well.
Warm now about 85 degree as we arrived at Las Brisas Hotel.
Got on swim suits and headed down to beach. They had umbrellas and lounge chairs. A lot of coral in sand right in front of the Hotel, the sand got better 200 yards away and at low tide. The water was blue and warm and the surf was mild. Samara is a small beach town protected by a reef. Went swimming and relaxed the rest of the day. Made rum punches and watched pretty sunset.
Had drinks on balcony before dinner. Dinner at the Las Brias, everyone’s meal was blah, very bland and service was not good. Very quiet night, slept good, sheet was all we needed.
Tuesday 3/16 - Woke up early. Sat on balcony with binoculars watching parakeets and other birds. Then at about that sound I’ve heard before, Ken I both said Howler monkeys.
We went down for breakfast and coffee, we had our choice of 5 menu items. Had the Tico Breakfast, eggs, sausage, rice and beans and toast. Very good. The fruit plate was huge with 7 different fruits and the coffee was good.
Walked to town via beach. Bought a coconut belt for myself. We walked to end of the beach. Saw some very cute beach bungalows for $25 a night the Las Orcas. Had a nice bar area with pool tables, volley ball court and great view. Found out an American owned this place and it was the place to party until every night.
Took our Chilean wine down the beach to a restaurant about a 5 minute walk. This owner was determined to teach us Spanish. We had to order and try and get by on our bad Spanish. We had a great dinner. We all had fish except for Ken he had beef. She served us very good garlic bread with pesto. Kens beef was excellent and very tender. We had no corkage fee here either.
Wednesday 3/17 �" Beautiful morning, no Howlers today. Saw more parakeets flying over. You could always hear them coming. Iguana’s around also. I had the fruit plate this morning.
The horses showed up at .
Caught taxi to
We had dinner at our place on the beach again at the Las Oras. We all had the wonderful steak this time. We appreciated the owner speaking Spanish and forcing us to learn.
Thursday 3/18 - I got up early again, decided to do power walking early on the beach. On the way down the stairs saw the Howler monkeys up close again yelling. It felt good power walking down the beach in the early morning.
Got back in time to have breakfast with everyone. This was going to be the last lazy day here. Enjoyed the beach, pool and cervaza’s all day.
Booked a massage for in town. Decided to try a new place on the beach for dinner. A