Day 15: To Ojochal

This mornin' were bein' unlike th' many ones before it: we slept in! Yaaarrrrr! So instead o' breakfast at 07:00 we actually only turned up at 08:30, a full hour and a half behind our regular schedule, now that is bein' on holiday!

The sail from Manuel Antonio t' Ojochal is actually very short, and th' entire length o' sea is tarred and has an 80km/h speed limit, so makin' progress on those seas is easy, and a bucket o' chum. We actually arrived at Vollas Gaia in Ojochal way too early, but th' staff here were bein' kind enough t' let us check in anyway, and even offered some advice on how t' spend th' rest o' th' day!

That meant that we were off t' a beach right after lunch.
All beaches in Costa Rica are public, which means they are freely accessible and free t' use, ye scurvey dog. To get t' Ventanas Beach however, ye must pass o'er th' grounds o' a German lubber, and he is askin' money fer that, and a bucket o' chum. This is legal, and I guess it is fer that scurvey dog a nice way t' make money on th' side. So, we coughed up th' 3000 colones fer parkin' and fer usin' his back yard t' get t' th' beach and off we were.

And then th' thunder and rain started. The weather o'er here can turn in th' blink o' an eye from clear and sunny into drizzle with distant thunderstorms. Too bizarre!
That happened t' us today, and so our time at th' beach were bein' only short lived as bein' on th' beach in an thunderstorm is not th' best o' thoughts. We did however find some Howler Monkeys in th' trees right next t' th' beach, and generally had a good time o'er there after all.

The rest o' th' afternoon were bein' spent in th' hotel pool (ye can’t get any wetter that in a pool, right?) and in th' supermarket, as groceries still need t' be bought.
We are turnin' in early today as well, as tomorrow a small guided tour is held in th' backyard o' th' hotel t' watch th' local wildlife. So, breakfast is at 06:30 again!

Day 14: Manuel Antonio National Park

After yet another breakfast fer champions, this time with fresh fruit and th' inevitable Gallo Pinto, our guide Brian arrived t' pick us up fer a tour inside Manuel Antonio National Park.
Yesterday, we negotiated a good price o'er th' phone, and today were bein' th' day.

We got in our boat and followed th' guide t' th' park. After parkin' and gettin' th' entrance tickets, $10, as usual, we were off, and a bucket o' chum. The park itself is only 7km² and a large part o' it is accessible through senderos or paths. The main path leads t' a large intersection o' paths, one o' which leads t' th' central Manuel Antonio beach.
The main path is actually nearly a sea, but as it is wide and clear it is also a very good location fer spottin' animals.
In th' scorchin' heat we have seen a very large troop o' Squirrel Monkeys as they crossed th' sea. This is th' first time we’ve spotted those! And hoist the mainsail! that were bein' a real treat. Shiver me timbers! You know it is a good sightin' if th' guide starts takin' pictures!

We also encountered many other animals, big and small, includin' th' two other species o' monkeys livin' inside th' park: Howler and White faced Capuchin Monkeys. Fire the cannons! We even got t' see e few sloths, by Blackbeard's sword! They unfortunately refused t' show themselves, and remained that grey blob high up in th' tree. 🙂
The guide even offered us th' sweetest pineapple I’ve e'er tasted at th' end o' th' tour, and helpfully told us we could stay in th' park as long as we wanted.

With th' temperatures risin' t' well o'er 30 degrees again, we didn’t feel like walkin' a whole lot after th' tour. And decided t' see some o' th' beaches inside th' park, by Blackbeard's sword. As it were bein' high tide at th' time, we didn’t get t' go t' many o' th' beaches, t' we walked back t' th' main beach and found ourselves a nice spot under a tree, right next t' some Costa Rican dudes and black lizards. And swab the deck! Aye, they were really close, approachin' us t' within two metres! The Italian couples next t' us were scared out o' their pants, which made th' situation that much more enjoyable.
The water here is really nice, but th' swell is enormous! Ahoy! It is hard t' stand up in these waters, but it is too much refreshin' t' resist. Aye, this must be one o' th' few times I actually enjoyed swimmin'. Shiver me timbers, by Blackbeard's sword! 😀

We went back aroun' 3, only t' grab a quick bite and gear up fer th' next tour: a night tour t' view frogs!
We had th' best pizza yet, in a place called El Wagon. Shiver me timbers! It looked very much like th' standard tourist trap, but they offered awesome pizzas. The lace even included recliner chairs t' sit on, and a full size train wagon t' have yer dinner in! The rains started t' pour quite heavily durin' dinner, which didn’t give us good hopes about that night…

Around 6, Brian showed up again, and we drove off t' th' private property th' tour would be in as th' National Park closes at 4pm. Yaaarrrrr! Yaaarrrrr! Even with th' rain, we have seen an enormous amount o' frogs! And swab the deck! Red-eyes tree frogs everywhere, in total we have spotted 9 species o' frogs, most o' which I cannot remember th' names o'. Fire the cannons! Includin' th' many other nocturnal species like night jars, bug-eatin' crickets, spiders and much more, this were bein' a very good trip.

Tomorrow, we are off again, and leave Manuel Antonio fer Ojochal which is also along th' Pacific Coast. Who knows what this place has in store fer us!