16 Febuary 2017
Golfito, Costa Rica
I’m spending the night here in a little town just north of the border with Panama on the coast called Golfito. I found a cheap Airbnb right across from the marina and its quiet and a perfect way to rest before my border crossing tomorrow. I drove through Costa Rica pretty quickly mostly because I’ve been sitting around so much lately that I’ve been itching to get some distance traveled. Also, I’ve been told and now see that Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America so I didn’t want to spend too much time here.
I left Salinas Bay with a smile on my face. While the kite spot may not have been all that I was hoping it to be, I did get some great kiteboarding in and that always makes a great time for me. After dropping my bike while loading on a very steep driveway, I was happy to find decent roads and scenic views.
The first day was driving mostly inland while I worked my way south and west to the Pacific coast again. While the roads were in pretty good condition, they were extremely busy. I’ve never seen so much semi truck traffic and I spent most of the day passing or waiting to pass them. I ended up spending the night in Quepos satisfied with my progress but pretty exhausted.
Quepos is a strange town. The first 4 hotels I went to were very expensive and sold out. I eventually did find a spot which was close to downtown and really cheap especially for Costa Rica. I couldn’t quite understand why such a small town was so busy and booked until I walked to the shore. While I was taking pictures of the small little local boats and docks, I turned around and discovered a cruise ship docked just outside the port.
This explained many things including all the white people I saw as I wandered around town. It took my a while to figure out the strange vibe but I finally did it. As I set down to a delicious dinner of Subway, I shook my head in amazement. This area really does feel like Florida.
Costa Rica means “Rich Coast” and on today’s drive, Costa Rica lived up to it’s name. I left Quepos with the Pacific Ocean in view and kept that view for most of the day. Even when I had to pay a higher “visitors” toll, it didn’t dampen my spirits. Today has been my prettiest drive since Guatemala. I was even able to do a quick oil change in a palm forest.
All in all, today has been a pretty great day. All afternoon and evening, I’ve been working on my blog, reading, and looking out at the sailboats. Such great inspiration for my next great journey to sail around the world. Tomorrow I’ll be in Panama and shortly after hopefully sailing to Colombia. I found out that there’s a chance I might be able to catch a ship to cross the Darein Gap. I didn’t think I would be able to find one without a reservation so I’m excited that I might get the chance.
Best Part: The coast drive today. Stunning!
Worst Part: The extra “gringo” tax on everything here.