Two of my favorite people – Brookie and Lisa were some of my first readers when I started this blog in 2011 – are running one of my favorite businesses in Playa Sámara. Pura Paleta makes all natural gourmet popsicles that offer just the right mix of refreshment and self-righteousness; natural sweeteners like agave nectar and raw honey are used only in the flavors that need them like Blackberry Ginger Limeade. These pops combine whole tropical fruits and fresh herbs for very interesting flavors and thirst-quenching, not too sweet frozen treats. Pineapple Cilantro Lime and Mango Ginger Mojito are two of my favorites.
Pura Paleta started producing pops and selling them on the street a little over a year ago. This high season in our little beach town, they’re opening with a new “permanent” location in front of Dragonfly Gallery at the main intersection. Now you don’t have to hunt for them as they stake a daily claim for valuable street-side real estate among the vendors of fish fillets, farm fruits and vegetables, fresh squeezed orange juice, and hot empanadas as well as occasional rattan furniture and concrete planters that make our pueblo oh, so Tico. Most of the vendors set up early each morning in front of the Palí supermarket. Just a few steps away, Pura Paleta now has a home from noon to 5 each day. Read More
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.
Yesterday at the “bomba” (gas station) just outside of Samara, the vendor only had shrimp. Her misfortune was my reward. Delicious! Pura Costa Rica!
We’ve had some very low tides lately on the Pacific coast, in Samara.
Steve and I took advantage of one of them to walk around Punta Samara, from Playa Samara to Playa Buena Vista. Read More
Every year, we see a crab crossing at Playa Carrillo just like this. I think these crabs are related and display the same behavior as seen in the Caribbean.
A rare sight in Samara – a monkey on the ground. As we stopped to open the gate, he climbed up onto our gate post. As he scrambled away on a phone line, we saw a bit of a limp. he must have fallen because it’s very rare to see Howler Monkeys on the ground.
While Dan was hiking through Rincon de la Vieja National Park, he found this Coati (sometimes called Cotamundi) but known as Pizote in Costa Rica. They’re cute but vicious and quite aggressive beggars.
In the second part, you can see that he’s walking among the steam vents in the thermal section of the park. Rincon de la Vieja is an easy park to get to, just 3 hours from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya but makes a better overnight than a single day trip.
That’s what my sister used to say to my brother when they were both in high school – it means “lazy” in Spanish. But now I know it also means Sloth. With his video camera, Dan found a pair in the woods near Tenorio Volcano.
Tenorio is another great National Park where you can see lots of animals on the face of the mostly extinct volcano.
My friend, Dan, took a bunch of videos while he was hiking through the forests of Costa Rica. Better than I’ve ever captured. Here are the leaf cutter ants, just trying to make a living.
I’ve got friends in town this week, which is always a good excuse to do fun stuff I forget to do on my own.
After snorkeling – sorry, no pictures – and seeing the Scarlet Macaws, we went horseback riding. Read More