After a tiring red eye flight, we landed in San Jose, Costa Rica early. Customs and immigration were a breeze. Everything was going smoothly, until the rental car company “forgot” to pick us up at the airport and then was sold out of the car that we reserved online 6 months in advance. They tried to pass off a Toyota Rav4 as a Full-sized SUV. We finally accepted the vehicle and we were on our way to our first destination, Manuel Antonio.

Dave always says that vacation doesn’t start until we arrive in Costa Rica and get a typical Costa Rican breakfast. The past several years we have stopped at a roadside restaurant called Los Congos. We decided on having a casado over a typical breakfast. A casado consists of: beans, rice, salad, meat (pork, beef, fish or chicken), veggies, and the best part sweet plantains.

After eating, we were on the road again and vacation had “officially” started. We arrived in Manuel Antonio and checked into our favorite hotel, Costa Verde.  We have the most amazing view of the pool and the ocean from our balcony.  We are on the end so we have a 180* view of the ocean from our room. (I am typing this from my bed and enjoying the ocean views).

After a quick nap, it was time to go down to the pool for a refreshing piña colada and some relaxation.  It is very common to see moneys and iguanas while at the pool. We were not disappointed when we made fast friends with this little monkey. We did have a little help from the bartender who gave us some bananas to coax him closer.

Sunsets are amazing in Manuel Antonio. Our room gives us a great advantage to catch them every day from our balcony.  I will have to pull out my DSLR camera tomorrow for a better picture, but my old trusty iPhone did a decent job.

We were still exhausted so we took another short nap. Why not? We are on vacation after all. We woke up to a rain storm and had quite the light show from the lightning. Since it is the start of dry season, we knew that the rain would not last long. We grabbed our rain coats and walked across the street to this amazing steakhouse who happened to have some live music for entertainment. We ate, we drank, we laughed and had the best time. Not too bad for our first night on vacation. I can honestly say that Costa Rica has some of the best food that I have ever eaten. I don’t think I have ever had a bad meal in all the years we have been going to Costs Rica. Our dinner was no exception, we dined on fresh Mahi Mahi on a bed of veggies and topped with shrimp and tropical fruit.

Just Another Day in Paradise...Manuel Antonio