Another place that was insisted upon that we visit was Playa Carrillo. It was the prettiest beach we saw while in Costa Rica.
This beach is public and no resorts or building what-so-ever were on this stretch of land. It was glorious! We found an overlook with hiking trails and that lead us to more tidal pools!
It was insanely hot! We were dying and were forced to leave well before I was ready to but I had to find something to quench my thirst!
I said to Shane, "I don't know what is in the cart but I want it!"
This was hands down the most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth in my life!
After this wonderful day we went into town and explored and ate the best Ceviche ever created and found Stella beers so I was super happy!
After filling our bellies and exploring the area we headed back for what would be our final adventure. We hopped on a bus with 3 other people and headed down the worst roads I would travel on the entire trip to Playa Camaronal. Armed with lots of red flashlights (luckily we had extra for to loan other people on the bus) we spent ours waiting and searching in the dark for Lora tortugas to nest on the beach.
We saw 3 come out of the ocean and watched one search for a spot, make a nest, lay her eggs, bury her eggs and swim back out to sea. For me being the sea turtle fanatic that I am, this was a huge bucket list item checked off for me!
Obviously pictures are nearly impossible to take but I will share what I managed to capture. It is one of those "had to be there" moments.
You can see video of her actually laying an egg here.
It was just incredible! If you are not a sea turtle fan you might be bored. Obviously there is no guarantee you will even see this. The night before the babies hatched and went out to sea. We were very lucky and spent many hours in the pitch black before we saw anything. It is a test in patience for sure! Costa Rica just happens to be the largest sea turtle nesting ground in the world. Of course it is!
Our very last day I kept open. It ended up being a complete wash out. We tried to make it to La Paz. I knew we would not see the view of Paos Volcano because we would arrive too late in the day and that is a dry season early morning thing but I was hoping to get in La Paz before hitting the airport. No such luck :( Next time!
That is all the colones I had left.
This was a trip of a lifetime. It sounds so corny but it was life changing for me. It was so refreshing to drink clean water, eat fresh healthy food, to see so much beauty and be in a country that truly values the environment, eco development and sustainable living and the people are so nice. It is SO CLEAN! I am already planning in my mind the next trip. It won't be 15 years in the making this time. I am also researching the very real possibility that we are going to retire to this country. Pura Vida is not just a slogan, it really is a way of life! Translated it means pure life or the simple life. Tico's use it to say hello, goodbye, or just to say all is good. No wonder it is rated as one of the happiest places on Earth. It sure was for me.
I hope you enjoyed all my little posts on my birthday trip.