Manuel Antonio might seem like any other sleepy little beach town that graces most Latin American countries but what I enjoy about traveling here specifically is: you can find an accommodation to fit any budget (with some legwork), there’s public transportation that runs pretty consistently throughout the day, it’s only a 3-hour skip from San Jose, and there’s no major resort-like developments blocking free beach access. For my third visit, Manuel Antonio is just as I remembered it (except one tangerine-colored intrusion that opened in December 2010 right outside the National Park) the waves are just as playful, the food is still delicious, the only thing that I would say needs to improvement is the nightlife.
Here is my weekend in pictures:
* Meeting an interesting Canadian couple who we ended up bumping into again the second night at the Sports bar, and a third time on our bus ride back to Chepe (San Jose). I will be making my way up to Montreal in the near future!
* Experiencing a waterfall with a pool shallow enough for me to stand up in! I’m not a full confident swimmer just yet, and was happy I didn’t have to be satisfied with dipping my feet in the water.
* A run on the beach Saturday morning in my brand new workout outfit had me pretty confident with the way my body looked, but about 7 minutes into the run, breathless and tired, I thought ‘looks are deceiving.’
* Over-sleeping and not feeling guilty about it the next day.
* The peresozo (sloth) that made eye-contact with me, we had a connection.