Montezuma, Costa Rica
For my friends and me, deciding where to go the upcoming weekend is always a difficult choice. We basically end up looking at the board of trips outside Tico Viajero, the travel office at Universidad Veritas and choose one at random. For this particular weekend, we met up at my house for a couple hours and were looking up trips we could easily, and economically, do ourselves. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any quality information and ended up talking to Luis and Victor at Tico Viajero about a trip to Montezuma and Curú from Friday to Sunday- and that’s exactly what we got!
Friday: On Friday we left San José via a private bus and headed towards Puntarenas. At the port in Paquera we had some free time to walk around in the HOT HOT HOT sun before hopping on the ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula. It’s about a million times quicker to take the ferry than it is to drive all the way around plus there’s something about ferry rides that I just love, even though I get motion sickness. After this year’s Block Island ferry vomit situation, I made sure to wear the motion sickness patch that I got from the travel clinic. This ferry was pretty hilarious; there’s an upper deck with a bunch of tables so we sat in the breeze drinking Imperials (the local beer) and laughing our heads off at the club music blasting through the speakers.
One of my absolute favorite things in the entire world is watching the sun set from the middle of the ocean. I think I exclaimed fifty (or more) times how incredible it was and “CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY!?” Forever in awe of nature’s beauty.Once we got off the ferry it was only a 10 minute ride to our hotel so my three girl friends and I snagged a room for the four of us and then we got dinner at the hotel restaurant. True to character, the rest of our night was spent in the pool splashing around like lunatics and having a blast.
Saturday: The next morning we got our complimentary breakfast and then left for Curú Wildlife Refuge. This is the off season for tourism in Costa Rica so we had a basically private beach which was absolutely wonderful! We spent the morning in the water before going on a rock hike with our tour guide, Luis. We even went through this awesome cave! Thank God I brought my water shoes to CR after all because we were climbing up and down the rocks for hours- I have the tan lines and scrapes to prove it! I also came home with a bag full of the coolest seashells and rocks I’ve ever seen… so much for that not being allowed. Oops!
After adventuring for a couple of hours, we were pooped. My friends and I ended up passing out on the beach for a little while, which was much-needed in my case. When we woke up we spent some time excitedly watching the monkeys in the park devouring bananas and being fascinating/cute…. until one ending up showing his teeth to Michael. That ended about as fast as it began.
Pretty soon it was time to kayak! This was the number 1 reason my friends and I decided to do this trip through the tour- we wanted the access to the kayaks and the beach we paddled to. We hopped in and paddled in the ocean for around 45 minutes or so before making it to a gorgeous beach on the other side of the reserve where Luis’s friends had fresh watermelon, pineapple, and coconut cut up and ready for us! AKA the dream. This beach was absolutely spectacular and boasted the softest white sand I had ever sunk my feet into. It was beyond beautiful.We stayed in the bath-temperature water until after sunset, when we all started to freak out about the little things in the water biting us. Apparently it’s a type of mini jellyfish or something that only bite at nighttime. We ended up burying our friend Jessica in sand and sitting with our feet in the water until it got dark. THEN it was time for the main event: the bioluminescent organisms in the water. Though the moon was shining brightly, we were still able to see the sparkling little plankton in the water that make this area so popular. It was beyond cool; one of those things that a camera just can’t capture (though I will admit I tried). After a few hours at this beach, we kayaked back under the moonlight and, exhausted, headed back to the hotel. A group of us walked to a local restaurant and then went to bed since they had unfortunately closed the pool early.Sunday: After breakfast we spent nearly an hour on the bus on the way to Montezuma, where we immediately hiked to a gorgeous waterfall. Of course, my friends and I immediately stripped down to our bathing suits and jumped off every rock possible. The moment after jumping from the highest rock formation I could find was exactly the feeling I was looking for when I decided to come to Costa Rica. It was magnificent. We spent hours swimming around in the cool water and playing under the falls before hiking back to the beach. The only downside was that my friend Jess jumped from a steep part on the other side of the falls and ended up losing her GoPro in the process 🙁
We spent only a short time at the beach (where I tried and failed to do a Little Mermaid pose. Of course, I had to get a coconut there- they sell them everywhere for only 1000 colones (basically $2) and the vendor will always cut the coconut in half so you can eat the meat out of it. Delicious! Eventually we ended up finding a local bar whose bathroom we could use to change into dry, less-sandy clothes for the ride home. What a wonderful weekend with some of the greatest friends!