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A laid-back surfing town

Costa Rica day twelve

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View from the restaurant at Lagarta Lodge

Another very windy night, this time with winds straight off the Pacific. The compensation was waking at one point to see the beautiful sight of the sea shining silver in the light of the almost full moon.

We enjoyed our first breakfast at Lagarta Lodge, eating our avocado toast with this view.

Watching local fishermen from the restaurant at Lagarta Lodge

Later in the morning we took the hotel's shuttle bus to Guiones, the nearest beach town. We'd expected to find bars and cafés on the beach, which is a popular with surfers, but as it is a natural reserve as well the buildings were all set some distance back.


The beach at Guiones



It was very hot so after taking a few photos of the surfers we retreated to the occasional shade to be found in the streets of the laid-back little town.

Coconut water seller

Real estate office

We found a little coffee shop selling excellent iced coffees. The guy working there said they only opened two weeks ago, so all the coffees were the same low price!

On a shop wall

We sat on a bench outside to enjoy our drinks, then walked around taking a few more photos. The town seemed to be growing, with several plots being built on and signs about luxury villas for sale. This is a popular area for ex-pat US retirees, hence the real estate office, Guiones style, in my photo above!

Signpost, and palm leaf hats for sale

Souvenir stall

More souvenirs

Hoarding around a building site

But the heat was a bit much for me so after a while we found another shady spot at a juice bar and had some very good smoothies made with coconut water.

Juice bar sign

We'd booked a 12.25 return shuttle but when it didn't appear on time we called the hotel. They apologised for the mix-up and sent a vehicle to fetch us, but it meant a bit of a wait. Luckily we found somewhere shady to stand, and even more luckily we had the chance to photograph a couple of Variegated Squirrels in a nearby tree.

Variegated Squirrel

When we did get back to the hotel we had a light lunch in the restaurant (chips and dips), then spent some time by and in the smaller of the two infinity pools. It proved to be a good spot for birdwatching as well as cooling off and relaxing. I managed to photograph a Kiskadee that had come down to drink as well as a Squirrel Cuckoo and a vulture.


Squirrel Cuckoo


We also spent some time on our terrace and later went to watch the sunset from near the top pool. As a bonus we also had an almost full moon in the sky opposite.

Going ...

... going ...

... gone!

Meanwhile in the sky opposite the sunset

The bar was busy with people celebrating Valentine’s Day, but we were able to get a seat in the main restaurant to enjoy a pre-dinner drink as well as a good meal afterwards. There was live music from a young singer who was good, although we were seated a bit too close to her loudspeaker and were quite glad when she finished. Nevertheless it was a lovely Valentine celebration evening.

Cocktail hour - the restaurant as seen from the pools

Soon after sunset, from the restaurant

Posted by ToonSarah 18:34 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged beaches people birds sunset coast hotel costa_rica

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The toucan soft toys are really cute. I love all the sunset pictures. Not sure I like the idea of a vulture perched on the edge of my swimming pool though.

by irenevt

Love the squirrel cuckoo, that is a new one on me. Some gorgeous photos Sarah, it looks such a chill place. ♥

by Grete Howard

I seemed to remember some of that from a previous post (or is my memory playing tricks??) but definitely worth seeing again. Loved the wildlife photos especially - but, who else has a photo of a vulture at their swimming pool???

by Yvonne Dumsday

Thank you all :) Irene, the toucans are actually carved and painted wood, not soft toys, but they were lovely and colourful - I wasn't tempted however!

Grete, I didn't know the squirrel cuckoo either but I shared the photo on Facebook and Homer identified it for me. And it was very chill :)

Yvonne, yes, you will have seen the photos of Guiones on my main WordPress blog. I'm trying to keep this one up as more of a journal style record of my trips alongside that one which is more random and eclectic!

by ToonSarah

That banana coffee sign got me intrigued, it's either really good or really bad :D

Beautiful sunset! :)

by hennaonthetrek

I'm not at all sure about that coffee Henna, but the smoothies were excellent 😃 And all the sunsets here were fabulous!

by ToonSarah

Banana is good, coffee is good so logically maybe...lol. :)

by hennaonthetrek

Hmm, maybe ...

by ToonSarah

those pictures ... mindblowing!

by Ils1976

Aw, thanks so much Ils 😊

by ToonSarah

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