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Costa Rica

Leaving Nicaragua for some reason became one of our most time consuming border crossings, complete with full X-ray of the vehicle, usually reserved for big transports entering the country.

Once out of Nica, entering Costa Rica was a pretty simple process and we were soon on our way to  our first stop, just over the border at a great little jungle camp, Finca Canas Castilla.

This large property is owned by a Swiss family, sits on the beautiful Sapoá River, with hiking trails full of wildlife.

After a couple days in the jungle we are ready for the beach again and head out to explore the Nicoya Peninsula.

Our first stop in Nicoya was a great little camp site on the beach in the town of Samara where we parked it for a week and settled in to a daily routine of swimming, jogging (yip jogging) and attempting to surf.

This is a good beach for beginner surfers. So off we went with a couple of boards from Pato's Surf right next door to our campsite...

Unfortunately there wasn't enough surfing success to warrant photos but it was fun.

Fresh juice every morning

There seems to be a large International expat community in Samara which makes for a great variety of restaurants in town.

Our tour of the Nicoya Peninsula continued south where we parked it again in the Mal País and Santa Theresa area.

Costa Rica has long been a major tourist destination and as a result prices are high as you would expect.

This is obviously a big problem for locals and can be for those budget travelers looking to stretch a dollar.  With a little exploring however, some great inexpensive meals can be found at local Sodas all across the country.

A wonderful daily special at a local Soda in Santa Theresa. $5 Canadian bucks.

Having completed our loop of the Nicoya Peninsula we head inland and a beautiful drive up to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

And another fantastic campsite.

Monteverde:  Taking shelter from the pouring rain under a Big Ass Leaf

Monteverde Cloud Forest

From Monteverde it was on to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano.

After Arenal it was a quick stop in San Jose to pick up some supplies and then we head south again down the pacific coast.

To this point we had done a pretty good job dodging rainy season throughout Central America.

By the time we reached Dominical and Marino Ballena the rain had caught us.

...and it was going to make up for lost time!

The beaches of Uvita in Marino Ballena National Park were some of the best we have visited.

Further South from Uvita the land eventually juts out into the ocean in the form of the Osa Peninsula.  The most undeveloped region of Costa Rica.

Palm Nuts

Part of our stay in Osa, we based ourselves just outside the town of Puerto Jimenez which gave us quick access to plenty of wildlife.

We also celebrated one year on the road in this camp site.

Don, Celebrating!

This young lady lives in the pond at the back of our campsite. Her boyfriend outgrew the pond and now lives in the river mouth at the beach.

Our camp location kept us close enough to town to head in for local delicacies!

Fresh Chicharron

The fanciest ceviche we have had in Costa Rica...Fish, Octopus, Scallops, Calamari, Avocado, Tomato, Onion and Hearts of Palm

After a damp but fantastic stay in Southern Costa Rica we had to make a move for the border and get to our final Central American country...Panama.

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  1. Samara and the st Theresa area is where we were in Costa Rica. I noticed the mention of inexpensive food at a local soda. We also found that when we were there. Too bad the conditions were not great during your surfing adventure because we saw some amazing surfing going on. Hey, don’t be touching frogs. Do I have to worry about you guys until the day you get back. Jeeze!!! Stay safe.

    • Hey Nancy! How are you guys? Good here. There were some great eats at most of the sodas and especially good in St. Theresa. We are sorry we didn’t discover it sooner. Yucky weather also brings dampness and mold into the camper. Been spending the last few days trying to clean it… It spreads like wildfire. No need to worry about us! haha. 😉 We are enjoying Colombia. People here are incredibly kind, its a beautiful country and we can’t wait to see more of it. Right now we are in Minca – just north of Santa Marta where the views are great and much cooler than the coast. Best Sam and Donxo

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