I don’t remember who’s idea it was to leave at 5:30 am, but when you’re within six hours of paradise… chock it up to desperate times. On the way to Quepos we stopped to walk over the bridge of the Rio Tarcoles, and take pictures of all the crocodiles. These are totally going to be fueling my nightmares in the future. *Shudder*
We arrived in Quepos around lunchtime, took a quick walk around, and grabbed lunch downtown. Quepos is totally the type of town that you think of when you picture Central America. It’s also way more affordable than Manuel Antonio, which is a 40 cent bus ride away, and conveniently the bus stop is just outside our hotel. We spent the first afternoon sailing and snorkeling. So amazing! I could have stayed in the water for days!
The next morning, we checked out Manuel Antonio. The park was closed for cleaning, so we spent some time swimming and sunning at the public beach. We heard rumors that the park would be opening, with free entrance in the afternoon, so after grabbing a quick lunch, we headed back to the park. After wading through the swampy river at the exit, we were greeted by a free, empty and beautiful park! We walked through to the third beach on the other side of the park, and spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing. Oh, and we saw three giant raccoons just walking around near the beach, quite surreal.