Today we bid adieu to the Luna Azul Hotel and our new friends Rolf and Andreas. What a nice couple of guys. Originally from Switzerland, they moved to Costa Rica about 10 years ago and opened this lovely hotel.
Today we ate our last breakfast at our table overlooking the swimming pool and the surrounding jungle.
We ate nearly every meal at this table. And all the meals were amazing. Being in the middle of absolutely nowhere, we were still catered to and pampered very nicely. Each morning began with fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee, and bread with some jam that Evan was nearly eating by the spoonful. Then we were presented with eggs made to order, rice and beans, and bacon.
Our package included two special dinners. One was a surprise meal, and the second was a typical Costa Rican style menu. Both were out of this world. I can say that I’ve never eaten filet three nights running.
The typical Costa Rican meal had yucca roots, a mixture of root vegetables, and a slaw with tomatoes and a light lime dressing. Then there were the rice and beans which are served at every meal. And there was meat, of course. Evan had fresh red snapper, and I had filet. It was a lovely meal. Oh, and the starter was a black bean soup with tomatoes, cheese cubes, and a poached egg.
We did occasionally have visitors while dining, like the night there was the tarantula. Seriously. You might think, “What kind of restaurant/hotel has tarantulas?” The answer would be one in Costa Rica. And last night, there was the grasshopper that was 7 inches long. Seriously. 7 inches! It was huge.
There was also the obligatory pool. But this one faced the jungle.
Our room had amazing views that faced the ocean. It was probably a mile to the ocean, but the quietness of the area allowed you to still hear the waves crashing.
You can barely see the ocean in the picture above. Here’s another angle from our room.
Each night we would bring a beer back to the room and relax and listen to the sounds of the night come alive. It was also fun to watch the lights of the passing motorcycles, cars, and busses as they wove their way through the narrow roads. Each night, we slept with doors open and screens closed. It was truly a little slice of paradise.
Perhaps my favorite feature of the whole place was the outside bathroom and shower.
I don’t wish to be crude, but I needed to show how outdoorsy this place is. This isn’t an outhouse. It’s the most amazing outdoor bathroom in the world! And the shower!
It was outside too. We must have each taken three showers a day just to shower outside. One morning as I was under the shower, I saw the two most beautiful green parakeets flying across the tops of the trees. As you soaped up, you could listen to Howler Monkeys. At night, you could see bats flitting about eating the abundant insects. It’s the only way to shower. If the temperature never falls below 70. An Alaskan outdoor shower wouldn’t be as nice, I suppose.
It was time to say goodbye, so we hit the road and headed back to Liberia so we cold catch the bus to our next destination–the four seasons.
To get there, we drove about two hours, and that covers only about maybe 70-80 miles. Here’s why:
It was stuff like this. And horrible roads with rocks and gullies and potholes. It was crazy.
As we got to the Four Seasons Costa Rica, it became apparent that we could not have had two more opposite extreme Costa Rican experiences. One was wild and rural and the other pampered and lush.
Everyone is so nice here at the Four Seasons. This is a resort, and misses some of the charms of the rural wild setting we were in. People use English primarily here. And that was jarring! It was actually a bit of culture shock to suddenly be around so many people. And the damn Internet is $10 bucks a day! You better be enjoying this.
Once we got settled, we played in the water
Admired the lovely beach
And enjoyed the best sunset so far.
Tomorrow is snorkeling and sailing.