Halloween on the Playa. 

I may not have dressed up for Halloween, but it was scary how much I enjoyed my escape from the city. I was able to finally breathe some fresh air.. well, 152% humidity and straight heat make it hard to breathe at all, but still counts. It was a short trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, but alas, duty calls and I regretfully had to tear myself away and head back to the city. On Saturday I caught an early bus to Quepos (the town a few miles from the park), which is only three hours out of San Jose and I got there in time to enjoy the beach before the storms rolled in for the night, and let me tell you, these Pacific Ocean beaches are pure magic. Seriously. You know those computer screensavers and wallpapers that have unrealistically perfect palm trees and white sand beaches under a beautifully sunny sky? That’s basically Manuel Antonio in a nutshell. This was my day: swim in the warm ocean water then dry off under the sun, get way too hot 3 minutes later, go back into the water, repeat. It’s honestly a foolproof formula. There are also a few short hikes that overlook the beaches and despite sweating at least five gallons on one tiny trail alone, it is absolutely worth it. And you can just go swimming after to cool off, so win-win.

Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Manuel Antonio
The exit from the Punto Catedral hike
The exit from the Punta Catedral hike
Playa Espadilla, public beach
Playa Espadilla, public beach
The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife, which I 100% recommend a tour guide for because I wouldn’t have seen 95% of the animals without one. That leftover 5% is for the cappuccino monkeys- those mischievous little devils come out of nowhere and even know how to unzip your bag to steal food, which is simultaneously annoying and extraordinarily impressive. Our guide spent 2 hours pointing out everything from 7 foot iguanas in the trees to howler monkeys hiding in the leaves. Somehow they are able to see 3 inch grasshoppers or baby bats from 50 feet away, even if they are camouflaged- it’s seriously impressive. On the tour I was hands down most giddy about the perezoso sightings; translation: sloths. My love for these majestic creatures runs deep and I feel like my life is nearly complete now that I’ve seen one (my life will be completely complete when I am able to hold one and then that will become the most magical moment of my life). Plus, the highly scientific and reputable research-based source, Buzzfeed, solidifies the indisputable fact that the sloth is my spirit animal (your turn, you know you want to click this). Now without being too prejudice of the beautiful sloth family, I have to say that I have a slight preference for two-toed sloths over three-toed (there is a much bigger difference than just the number of toes, google it), but sloths are sloths are sloths and I’m happy we spotted the three-toed one at all. Fact: Sloths only weigh around 10 pounds because their bones are hollow which makes it easy to climb trees but also makes them really slow. Fact: It takes them a month to digest food and they only climb down their tree once a week to relieve themselves. Fact: They are excellent swimmers. Fact: I could go on all day about sloths..

image

image

Cappuccino monkeys

What I see... Trees and leaves.
What I see… Trees and leaves.
What the guide sees... 2 4-inch bats
What the guide sees… 2 4-inch bats
Popular consensus has it that Manuel Antonio is one of the top things to do while in Costa Rica and it’s easy to see why. I loved it, even if it was a little too busy and touristy for my taste (but that’s nearly unavoidable on any of the Pacific beaches), and I can’t wait to go back! Mostly for the sloths..

Sunset at Puerto Quepos, can't complain
Sunset at Puerto Quepos, can’t complain
Advertisements

Posted by

Sloth enthusiast, Nutella extremist, and all around sassy human with a deep love for hoppy beer and discovering the world's many gems. Currently gallivanting the globe while drinking more coffee than necessary.

4 thoughts on “Halloween on the Playa. 

  1. Thank you for some other excellent post. The place else could anyone get that
    kind of info in such an ideal approach of writing? I’ve a
    presentation subsequent week, and I am at the search for such
    info.

    Like

  2. I do trust all the ideas you have presented for your post.
    They’re really convincing and can certainly
    work. Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for beginners.
    May you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time?

    Thanks for the post.

    Like

  3. Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I love the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.

    I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, very good
    site!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s