Mikkel had heard from someone that Quepos is a great place to go if we ever were in Costa Rica. So we went to see, although there are a lot of beautiful areas in Costa Rica. The reason to go to Quepos is as simple as that. From Portarenas, we caught the bus to Quepos. Unknown to us, it must have been the “colectivo” bus instead of the “directivo”. In other words, the bus stopped at every little bus stop and town on the way, picking everyone that could fit in the bus, sitting or standing. Thank God we got on the bus at the beginning, so we had a seat. Not only was it Saturday, but it was the last weekend of a 2-week school holiday. What should have been a 3 hour trip turned out to be a 4 hour bus ride. Once arriving in Quepos at the bus terminal, we grabbed the taxi that was first in line. Turned out we found a great driver who we continued to use each evening to get us around.
He drove us up to Casa de Pargo, located on a hill just across the marina; a rather steep, semi-paved road with sharp turns winding up to our destination. But it was only a short 5-10 minute drive from the bus depot which was in the center of downtown Quepos. Immediately upon arrival we were greeted by the owner’s nephew (never did see the owner the two nights we were there). He took us and our luggage up the stairs to our room, I should say apartment, and we certainly were not disappointed in our choice of accommodations we found on Airbnb. The large front balcony overlooked the pool and the marina/ocean below. The open air fully screened living/dining room and fully stocked kitchen also looked out toward the ocean, but was surrounded by the jungle on the other two sides; hence the name of our apartment-“Jungle Villa”. The large bedroom and bath with two-person tub were separated by a sliding patio door and air conditioned. All the comforts of home.
After settling in, Mikkel took a dip in the pool while I sat at the poolside bar and enjoyed the view with a glass of wine.
Later our cab driver who also took us to the grocery store to stock up on food for breakfast and snacks and then to a restaurant at the marina per his recommendation. Another great choice, this open air restaurant was on the 3rd floor looking out to the marina with live music, impeccable service, and delicious lobster.
The next day at breakfast we were visited by two large iguana climbing over our roof and the trees just outside our screened windows.
We both enjoyed a dip in the pool. Then we walked around town which is only about 4 blocks square.
Not many stores were opened because it was Sunday. After eating lunch at a Mexican restaurant, we walked along the walkway at the beach where a river meets the ocean.
Some were surfing far out where the waves were crashing near the marina. We were entertained by a group of drummers apparently practicing for some upcoming performance or maybe they just enjoyed drumming altogether.
When we went back to Casa de Pargo, we took another dip in the pool and watched the white-faced monkeys jump through the surrounding trees.
Then it started to rain, and I mean lots of it. Although we get a lot of rain in Panama during the wet season, I am always fascinated by how much rain can pour out of the clouds. I was a little concern the taxi driver would not be able to come up the hill in his Toyota Camry through the mud to take us to dinner, but the rain lightened up a little and he seems to be used to driving up this hill.
We had dinner in town while watching the Costa Rica-Mexico soccer game on TV.
Next stop: back to San Jose and then home.