We arrived in Golfito a few days ago, which is located on the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, about an hour north of Panama. The drive is always amazing with views of the ocean and lush green jungle, thanks to all the rain the southern zone gets every year. This trip we opted to stay at the Banana Bay Marina, which is right on the water; we normally stay in a little casita (small house) on the hillside. We are so happy with our decision because the air conditioning felt amazing when we first walked into our room with luggage in tow, and I am not embarrassed to admit that I shed a few happy tears knowing I would not have sleepless nights, too hot to sleep.
The sunsets in Golfito are amazing and we have a front row seat every night from our hotel room. I was too lazy to take out my DSLR camera, but here is a sunset picture from our first night taken with my iPhone.
Golfito is a deep water port so there is no “formal” beach with sand. To escape the heat we try to go swimming everyday and have found a spot that we like because it is not crowded. To get there you need to drive a 4 X 4 or take a water taxi. It has become our favorite swimming spot in Golfito. The road to get there is super bumpy, but you travel through a luscious rain forest where you never know what you will see or hear. On this stretch of road I saw my first giant blue butterfly, they are an amazing sight.
Here is a view from where we swam today, there was nobody else swimming and we had the whole area to ourselves. It is located in a protected gulf there are no waves, the water is calm and peaceful and since you are not fighting waves you can enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you.
It started to rain on us while we were swimming, but we didn’t need to rush out as the water was a nice 85*. We were in seventh heaven swimming in the rain and seeing (and hearing) a lot of different species of birds (you cannot mistake the call of a toucan). We also heard howler monkeys high up in the rain forest (they are super loud). I was in a dream-like trance soaking it all in when I saw some eyes and a snout come out of the water and as quickly as I saw it, it disappeared. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me and then I saw it again, two eyes staring back at me. Our “interesting visitor” was a Caiman Alligator. Guessing from the snout, it was probably only 3-4 feet. Dave and I were on high alert after that and were hoping we would not be someones lunch. We have been told that the Caiman are shy and don’t really bother people. I did not get a picture, but I found a stock photo online around the same size.
The food is so fresh in Costa Rica and we really enjoy eating fresh quality food everyday while on vacation. I do post a lot about the food as it is such a big part of the “experience”. Since it is hot and humid in Golfito we are not usually hungry for a big lunch. One of my favorite go-to lunches is ceviche, which is made with Dorado (Mahi Mahi), cilantro, red onion, red bell pepper and limon. It is a simple and delicious “treat”.
It is always nice to travel and I am fortunate to be able to travel with my best friend who has made all my travel dreams a reality.