First stop after Bahia Santa Elena was Playa del Coco. Coco is a funky little beach town with fun sports bars, fufu markets (where we spent way too much on stuff we haven't had for a while like wheat thins) and some good restaurants. We had fun watching football at Coconutz sports bar (they have great pizza) and relaxed in Coco for about a week. We got back to swimming off the boat and boy did it feel good to be back swimming in the ocean. SV Obsession, Gilles and Rachel, joined us there on Thursday. While we were there we went to a local park (not the one we thought we were going to) but had fun playing with and seeing some of the local animals. They had a wonderful exhibit of butterflies.
There's a howler monkey in the trees if you look closely you can see his arms. They are fun to listen to but hard to catch in a picture.
Mac had fun playing with the monkeys (white faced and spider)...they were really friendly and they let you touch them. They were after my sunglasses and parrot earrings.
Alan loves the birds...................
This guy was pretty, unusual but pretty, but we're not sure he is a native of Costa Rica.
On our way out of Playa del Coco on Sunday, Alan caught a nice dorado. We turned around and headed back toward the anchorage and Gilles came out to meet us in his dinghy....they also ejoyed some fresh fish for dinner.
Next stop was Bahia Guacamaya...what a quiet beautiful little anchorage. We stayed there two nights while we enjoyed snorkeling, swimming and as you can see below other water sports.
We headed out for Bahia Samara but didn't make it and decided to stop in Bahia Garza. It was really rolly but we were tired and decided to stay the night and head out the next morning. It turns out that was a good decision....the next morning we heard from Hermy on SV Iwa on the morning net there was a good storm out there and we missed it. Our wind indicator registered 39.8 knots of wind...glad we weren't out in it. The sunset was beautiful in Garza.
Next stop Bahia Samara....we stayed there two nights and on the first day we got lots of rain so we stayed on the boat. The next day, Thursday - Thanksgiving, we took the dinghy to shore and headed into town. Samara is another little funky beach town and this one seemed to be the place for surfers. We enjoyed a beer and light lunch on shore while we looked out at Effie.
After lunch and some shopping we took a cab back to the dinghy and headed back out to Effie. We had a game of scrabble and a tranditional turkey dinner, boy were we full. The next morning we left at "oh dark thirty" (remember that Mitch & Christian) for Bahia Ballena. On the way into the bay, Alan caught another nice dorado.
When we got here there were two other boats SV Sarana and SV Iwa....now on Sunday there's only us. It's a beautiful bay and we're heading into the little town today to check it out. Good news is we can get wifi on the boat.
We had a good first night visiting with Hermy and Jack SV Iwa (pronouned Eva) and Sherrell and Eric SV Sarana. It was great to catch up with old friends. The next morning we all went over to the organic veggie market, what nice produce.
(sorry not the best picture)
This is such a nice little bay will plan to stay here for a few more days....more to come.