turtle hatch playa carrillo

At Playa Carrillo this morning, we came across small turtle tracks, the evidence of hatchlings scrambling towards the surf.

olive ridley turtles playa carrillo costa rica

It looks like at least 25 of them foiled the poachers, the dogs, and the vultures to reach the sea.

ceviche in costa rica

Ceviche is a dish of lime cured fish and is sold at every truck stop and street corner in Costa Rica.  For 1500 colones ($3.00) and served with soda crackers, hot sauce and mayonnaise to taste, it makes a low calorie snack or a cheap lunch.

what to eat in costa rica

Yesterday at the “bomba” (gas station) just outside of Samara, the vendor only had shrimp.  Her misfortune was my reward.  Delicious!  Pura Costa Rica!

nature costa rica

We’ve had some very low tides lately on the Pacific coast, in Samara.

activities costa rica

Steve and I took advantage of one of them to walk around Punta Samara, from Playa Samara to Playa Buena Vista.

beach costa rica

Took us just two hours.

what to do in samara costa rica

We left the car at the Iguana Verde grocery and lichor store – that was handy for a cold bebida when we returned – but you could easily walk along the beach from Samara Centro.

hiking costa rica

There are some hidden sandy beaches along the way.

hiking samara costa rica

and lots of interesting rock formations.

what to do in costa rica

A shady palapa had been built just for us.

activities samara costa rica

It was hotter than it looks with the cloud cover but we had remembered to bring water for ourselves and the pup.


nature costa rica

This stairway is about half way along and leads to the road.  Would make a good escape route if the tide had begun to surprise us.

geology costa rica

Instead, we continued on .

beach activities costa rica

We met some neighbors scavenging for rock dwelling critters.

hiking costa rica

A little waterfall would’ve been gushing last night.


b- beach 16

Rocks and sand.

what to do in samara costa rica

There’s never a geologist around when you need one?

nature costa rica

When we rounded the final point, the rain swollen Rio Buena Vista didn’t look crossable, even at low tide,

activities samara costa rica

but these guys braved it.  On to Playa Buena Vista for surf and sun.  Or caring for turtle nests at the nursery about 1/2 klick down.

activities costa rica

Instead, we headed back along the dirt road,

activities samara beach costa rica

until we met up with highway 160, also dirt, and back to the car.




b- steve 2

Steve’s finally got himself a motorbike.  He put an engine on his bicycle.  He can still pedal if he wants to but this makes the hills around here a lot more fun.


b- steve 1

Now, he can ride with the big boys but he’s looking for new members of his own club.

b- frog

You know you live in Costa Rica when you’re awakened in the pre-dawn by glass crashing to the floor and upon inspection you find that a fist-sized frog has been kicking delicates off the shelf.

In the spirit of truth in reporting, I must disclose that it wasn’t my house and it was a beer bottle instead of a wine glass.  But you get the idea.  And the cat was innocent.


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