Boogie Boards and hiking

Quepos Travel Blog

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Headed to the beach.

Apparently Monday is the slow day around Quepos with the National Park being closed and some restaurants and businesses being closed as well.  But we were ready for that, and start the day borrowing some boogie boards from the front desk of our hotel.  We were able to hit the beach by 8:00 at high tide.  This was my first boogie board experience and I get to learn from a pro, my wife Brenda.  My average distance on a boogie board was maybe 15 yards before the wave would leave me behind, but Brenda would catch the exact same wave and ride it for 40 yards all the way to the sandy beach.  My outlier was when a double wave would come, and it seemed there was twice the amount of water pushing us towards the beach.

Riding the waves with the boogies board
  In this case two waves would come and be separated by about 5 feet, and even I was able to catch those, and Brenda and I would surf on the front of these waves side by side the whole way into the beach.  The morning proved to be the best time for boogie boarding because with the high tide, the waves seemed about twice as high as they were in the afternoon and evenings when we would walk the beach later that night.

                After the morning boogie session and clean up and quick nap Brenda checked out the map and there were some shops up the road.  Looking at distance on the map they were very close, but the map did not show the change in elevation.  We climbed a mountain at 1:00pm, very hot and humid, and we just put sun block on which seemed to prevent any heat from escaping our bodies and we were just soaked in sweat.

Brenda riding the waves. Wish I took better pictures to do her skills justice.
  After walking about 15 minutes we enjoyed some great views over the shoreline but we were forced to stop at a small restaurant so we could rejuvenate.  “Juiced” was a small restaurant part way up the hill that was run by a Canadian and Brit.  They were very friendly immediately giving us glass after glass of water to rehydrate us, so we decided to eat some lunch there.  This was probably the second best meal we had in all of Costa Rica and the best price.  We just ordered their sandwiches which cost only $5 a person and they gave us not one, but two sandwiches, and they were healthy.  You could have different bread, avocado in your sandwich, WISCONSIN CHEESE and I went with an amazing Jerk Chicken sandwich.  However we were there a little early because they talked about opening a disco on the second floor and a sunset view restaurant on the 3rd floor in the upcoming year.
View up the road.
  But it is definitely a place I would want to stop at if we return to Quepos.

                After getting rejuvenated we decided not to wear ourselves out with the rest of the hike and gave up on shopping.  Instead we went back down the mountain passed the hotel and grabbed some gelato towards the park.  We were hoping for a good sunset that evening but the clouds rolled in so we just hopped around a few different places for drinks and ended with dinner at Marlins.  Just as we arrived so did the squirrel monkeys.  The wait staff was feeding them to bring them to the restaurant and therefore bring in the customers as well.

It was very cool but a little creapy as kids would run up and try and pet these monkeys and some were successful.  It didn’t take long for these monkeys to be surrounded and I was waiting for a freak out and for the monkeys to attack someone so they could escape.  Just when I thought it was inevitable, they found a whole and jumped over everyone’s’ heads back to the trees. 

               

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Headed to the beach.
Headed to the beach.
Riding the waves with the boogies …
Riding the waves with the boogies…
Brenda riding the waves.  Wish I t…
Brenda riding the waves. Wish I …
View up the road.
View up the road.
Much needed break at Juice.
Much needed break at Juice.
Cooling down after the hike.
Cooling down after the hike.
I love large numbers of cars parke…
I love large numbers of cars park…
Happy Hour is everywhere.
Happy Hour is everywhere.
Squirrel Monkeys in Marlins
Squirrel Monkeys in Marlins
waiting for a good wave
waiting for a good wave
Juiced, the hidden gem up the moun…
Juiced, the hidden gem up the mou…
cloudy sunset
cloudy sunset
Monkeys sure bring in the crowds
Monkeys sure bring in the crowds
Quepos Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Cheap, great food
Juiced is not in the middle of town, in fact we found it on accident. The restaurant is part way up the hill between Quepos and Manuel Antonio Nation… read entire review
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photo by: mpope9