At Playa Carrillo this morning, we came across small turtle tracks, the evidence of hatchlings scrambling towards the surf.
It looks like at least 25 of them foiled the poachers, the dogs, and the vultures to reach the sea.
We see this every year, the morning after the first rain of the season. The holes stretch for a 1/2 kilometer in front of the wetland across the road from the beach.
These are the culprits, red and purple land crabs, about the size of a small fist. It’s a sad fact that many do not make the trek across the road, which is paved in crab shells.
But are they laying eggs in the sand or hatching?
We’ve always loved the ambiance at El Sueno Tropical. The open air restaurant, tucked under a traditional Bri-Bri roof is quintessential Costa Rica. Now that Vinnie and Zaida are off to a new project, we’re excited to see the restaurant re-opened and renamed Salsas.
The new owner, Jose, brings from his Cuban heritage-Miami upbringing and his world travels a slight Spanish flavor to the menu with a nice selection of Tapas (or starters). We shared torta espanola, ceviche, frittata de zucchini, and eggplant with mozzarella. All ranged in the $3-4 and were delicious. The marinara on the eggplant was a special treat. An eclectic mix of entrees followed, all beautifully plated and in the $8 range. The beef teriyaki was cooked to order and the sauce had an authentic taste. (What is that spice that isn’t in my recipe?) We’ll have to encourage Jose to add a chicken teriyaki choice for non beef eaters. My cousin found the Tropical Chicken very good but not enough of the raspberry reduction was presented to add much to the flavor. So she treated herself to Chocolate Crusted Key Lime Pudding. Fabulous! I’m not a big dessert fan but I could do that again.
Welcome Jose and Salsas. Thanks for bringing a new flavor to Samara-Carrillo. Although I forgot to ask Jose, I imagine the hours haven’t changed. Because of the hotel, Salsas is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. About 8 kilometers southeast of downtown Samara or 2k. from Puerto Carrillo.
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On the roads in Costa Rica, you never know what you'll run into,
sometimes too literally.
This artist on a Thursday morning presented an entertaining addition to the wide assortment of obstructions usually encountered in El Torito, the village between Casa Mango and Casa Papaya and the beach at Playa Carrillo. One truck driver told me you have to watch for chickens, dogs, and grandmothers there. I hope this gentleman survived the day - his painting looked very nice.
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Two of our guests at Casa Mango and Casa Papaya, Ronald Araya Garcia y Jose Joaquin Mora Quiros, won the Soledad in their categories: Open and 60+ respectively. I knew these guys and their compatriots were serious when they arrived with 6 mountain bikes strapped to the roof of 3 matching white sedans. They looked like a winning team.
The Soledad Recorrido event is organized by Ciclo Guilly (the closest approximation in English is “seeclo Weegy” and named after this guy on the right) and returns to Samara /Carrillo twice each year. Throughout the country, Ciclo Guilly holds more than 40 races annually.