Sunday, January 25, 2009

More of our adventures...

Here is my travel advice {if you are near the Jaco area}...get to Punta Leona. It is a private beach community and if you know someone who lives there, you can probably get in. If not, I believe you can pay about $20 for a wristband. We, of course, have our connections. :)

On this side of Costa Rica {not counting the peninsula} there are only 2 white sand beaches in the area. 1 is Punta Leona {about 15 minutes north of Jaco} and the other is {about 45 minutes south of Jaco} Manuel Antonio. The rest of the beaches are called "cinnamon" which is a creative way to say dark brown.

A trick, if you can get into Punta Leona, is to head to the restaurant that is open early in the morning. {I'm sorry but the name eludes me} The food is decent, buffet style, {you'll pay about $40 for 3 adults} but if you get there before 9 am, chances are you will get a great monkey show. They come down from the trees and are pretty sneaky fellers. I was holding out a piece of banana and the mommy monkey did a basketball fake-out move and swiped a cinnamon roll instead.

I was left looking like a fool, holding my piece of banano.

So intead of taking a "monkey tour" at $25-$35 per can save money and get breakfast out of it.


My aunt Sheila took this picture of me bathing on the beach...aren't I a HOTTIE! {hee, hee}
Our view to the right of us...
Our view to the left...

Of course, me and my beautiful cousin.
Can you believe this scenery is only 15 minutes from my house?
Mother and daughter beauties. Look how a plant has grown all over the steps. I'm telling you...everything grows here.
The view from down low.

Do you see the bug in this picture?

Look hard.
It's called the leaf bug. It was just unbelievable. It even looked like a piece was taken out of the back to look more like a leaf that was disintegrating.



Lara said...

Amazing scenery! Just beautiful. Glad to hear about your new home. You deserve it. And I was looking at your GoodReads. Sorry I didn't warn you about Moby Dick before you read it....

BreeWee said...

Oh that beach is amazing, just takes my breath away... I have yet to see it.

Mal Pais (up North) is simply beautiful too, not "white" sand but "almost white", you would love the tide pools and waterfalls up there!

Thanks for the fotos!

Albanie said...

Don't you just love that place? We miss you! Glad that you are happier with your new home even though there isn't an oven (ha! I know how that is!). 2 more days for us!! Sorry was that rubbing in your face too much...:)

Susan said...

Looks refreshing and very familiar. Nice photos.

Kristen said...

just beautiful Shawna!!! makes me wish I could come for a visit!

good luck in your new place:)

TICA MACHA said...

That is a must see for me. I can't believe I've never been there but I'm not "connected" like you are by knowing someone there. Regardless, I'm on it!! Teri

Heather Anderson said...

WOW it is all so pretty I love to see your pics