Costa Rica 4: The Pacific Coast

Leaving Monteverde, we headed down to the coast, again braving the rutted dirt road. We stopped to see the crocodiles on the Tarcoles river, then headed in for a walk through Carara National Park, where we got out first glimpse of a pair of scarlet macaws nesting. We then had a fabulous lunch at El Pelicano on Herradura beach near the Marriott hotel - great fish, very fresh and well prepared. Then off to our hotel with another gorgeous sunset followed by dinner at El Avion, a restaurant with a story.

The next day we went off to Manuel Antonio park, which is along the shore. A few animals on the way in, including iguanas, basilisks, agoutis and reccoons. Plus a sloth high in the tree at the beach/picnic area. On the way out, however, a troupe of capuchins came through, almost running over Ross's foot and hamming it up for the camera (see pictures and video). We also saw a couple more sloths and long-nose bats. In the afternoon we went for another zipline ride. Again lots of fun, and we did see a few titi (squirrel) monkeys. Our last dinner at the hotel, then packing for the flight out the next day.

On the drive back to San Jose we stopped when we saw a flock of Macaws playing in the trees. We made it to the airport in plenty of time, especially since our flights were delayed. Everybody but Ben and David made their connections at Miami, which has to be the worst designed airport win the world, so we got to spend a night at the lovely Miami Airport Holiday Inn compliments of American Airlines before catching flights to Boston and DC (on standby, of course) the following morning.

Despite the final airport snafus, a great trip!
The road from Monteverde
Ariana shoots
Crocs
Croc
Croc
Croc
Crocs
Great white egret
Storks
Web-covered cactus
Termite nest
Spider
Moth
Ivy
Ross & David
Mushrooms
Iguana
Flower
Kathy & mangrove tree
Choking ficus
Anyone know what bird this is?
Butterfly
Up the forest
Fungus
Scarlet macaw
Scarlet macaw
Scarlet macaw
Spider
Scarlet macaw
Pacific ocean
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Cherrie's Tanager
Cherrie's Tanager
Boat-tail Grackle
Sunset
Sunset
El Avion restaurant
El Avion
El Avion
The tail wing is the upstairs bar
Cockpit of El Avion
Islands in the Pacific
Pacific Coast
Iguana
Island in the Pacific
Trees
Turtle
Agouti
Basilisk
Raccoons
Basilisk
Sloth
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Live Sand Dollar with Ross's bracelets
Sand dollar
David & Ross
Crowd at Manuel Antonio beach
Sloth
Ross, Kathy, David & Ben
Capuchin
Capuchin
Capuchin
Capuchins
Capuchin
Capuchin
Pacific beach
Sloth
Squirrel
Long-nose bats
Pelicans and frigate bird
Ross & David
Ravid on the zipline
Kathy on the zipline
Flowers
Roberto
Macaws playing
Macaws playing
Macaws playing
Macaws playing

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