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Manuel Antonio Travel Blog

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Comida rica
Vacationing in Manuel Antonio was pretty spectacular. Shannon, Carey and I arrived on Sunday evening after a four-hour drive on windy roads in the mountains in a torrential downpour, but we made it nonetheless. Jaime and Shaina met us there the next day. Apparently it rains every afternoon/evening in Manuel Antonio. The days were gorgeous, hot and sunny, and the nights were humid, stormy and black. Our hostel was about a two-minute walk through the woods from the beach, so we could hear the thunder clapping and the waves roaring throughout the night.

Despite all that, Manuel Antonio is an amazing place. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, it has some of the country's most beautiful beaches and an adjacent national park that is home to over 250 species of wildlife! We spent the first two days having some quality girl-time and soaking up rays on the beach.
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Since we were there on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the off season, it was pretty peaceful. There were very few tourists and only a few more locals. We wanted to make it over to the gay beach (one of the only places in Costa Rica where topless sunbathing is permitted and accepted), but alas, the rising tide only made it accessible before 8 am and after 4 pm, neither of which worked with our schedules. So we just chilled on the regular beach, which was just fine with us. We even picked up some drinks and a styrofoam cooler with ice, and Shannon invented a straw that was long enough to reach from our drinks (on the ground) to our lips (on the lounge chairs), since we couldn't be bothered to lift our heads to take a sip. Hey, I got an "excellent" in my TEFL certification, so I deserved a little break.
Sunset on the Pacific
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Then on Wednesday, Shannon and Carey left early in the morning to make it back to San José, but I stayed with Jaime and Shaina to visit the national park. We made it there by 9 am, where we met our tour guide, Mauricio, who spotted exotic wildlife from yards away without even seeming to pay attention. It was definitely worth the extra 12 bucks to hire a guide. During our three-hour hike through the park, we saw three different types of monkeys, some deer, raccoons, iguanas, and insects galore (Marni and other arachnophobes, shy your eyes away from the pictures). The park is also situated right on the water and has hidden beaches past the woods. We could hear waves crashing just past the branches of the trees and some of the monkeys would swing from branch to branch and right out onto the shore.

We made it back to San José on Wednesday night. Since then, I've sent my resume out to a bunch of places and had one interview so far. But it's still early, so I should be hearing back from more places next week. Deséeme suerte.

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Comida rica
Comida rica
las reinas internacionales
las reinas internacionales
Sunset on the Pacific
Sunset on the Pacific
take 2
take 2
me and Jaime after some margaritas
me and Jaime after some margaritas
We might have ordered a few more t…
We might have ordered a few more …
Sunset on the beach
Sunset on the beach
take 2
take 2
Sloth sighting #1! Taken through M…
Sloth sighting #1! Taken through …
Frightening spider (dont look, Ma…
Frightening spider (don't look, M…
Pretty spider (but still dont loo…
Pretty spider (but still don't lo…
A deer in the rainforest. Whodathu…
A deer in the rainforest. Whodath…
Playa
Playa
This little guy got caught trying …
This little guy got caught trying…
Monkey!
Monkey!
Curious little guys...
Curious little guys...
Iguana catchin some rays on the b…
Iguana catchin' some rays on the …
me, Jaime, Shaina and Mauricio, af…
me, Jaime, Shaina and Mauricio, a…