Pacific Coast, sailing, snorkeling
Ocotal Travel Blog› entry 9 of 16 › view all entries
June 17th, 2006 – by: smhirsch
On the way out, we made a stop in Sanchi, where 80%-90% of all of Costa Rica's souvenirs are made (supposedly). There is one big store there that has anything you could find anywhere in Costa Rica. I bought a few shot glasses, and some nice wood coasters and other kitchen things for my parents.
We got to the Ocotal Beach Resort & Marina at around 2pm. I don't think any of us really expected to be in a high class resort, especially after coming out of the lodge in the rainforest, or homestays in Gandoca. It was nice...up on a cliff, views of the Pacific Ocean (my first time looking at it), nice hotel room, tennis courts, three pools, a gym, a nice restaurant...very resort-ish (which kind of put us all in culture shock).
After around 7 hours of sitting in a bus (and 3 hours of traveling the day before) we all immediately changed into bathing suits and went down to the beach for a swim in the Pacific...my first time in it ever. It was chillier than the water in the Caribbean that we had been swimming in for the past two weeks, but it was nice and refreshing.
We all showered and then met at the main lobby. I got to see my very first Pacific sunset and it was awesome. We went to dinner as a big group to a place at the edge of the resort called Father Rooster. I got a burger and it was wonderful...haha. Liza took us there because it was somewhere we could get American food and we were all definitely up for that.
The next day, we got up early, had the breakfast buffet, and headed down to the pools to get snorkeling stuff. There was a sailboat and a motor boat. I wanted to get there early enough to get on the motor boat, because it went to two different snorkeling areas, but when we got there, there was only room for one or two more, and I had been having trouble with the flippers they insisted I take, so I didn't get to go.
Later that afternoon, Brittney and I went exploring the small penninsula/island off the resort. I say "penninsula/island" because it's all very dependent on the tides. When we started, it was a penninsula...2 and a half hours later, it was an island and we almost had to swim to get back to shore.
We got back with just enough time to shower and meet up with around half the group to go into town for dinner. When we got back, it was time for a few phone calls and bed. It was going to be an early morning the next day and another 4 or so hours of traveling to Monteverde.
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