OG Post: November 13th, 2016
Costa Rica: Day Uno So like my last trip to Edinburgh I decided to chronicle my adventures on here for you guys. Yesterday started way too early we got up early made it through security fine. Grabbed the first breakfast in ATX and had a very uneventful and quick flight to Houston. We had a good layover there and grabbed a carton of smokes from duty-free and had a second breakfast. The flight from Houston to Liberia was also pretty uneventful but there was more turbulence than I like. When we got to Costa Rica the real adventure began.
Customs here was pretty funny. They asked no questions, didn't even look at my paperwork, stamped my passport, and ran my bags through the x-ray without even looking at the monitor. We found the rental car guy and they took us to this place down the street from the airport. Once the rental car place realized where we were going they immediately insisted we upgrade to the 4x4 which was more than was advertised on the website. Then they wanted a ridiculously huge deposit and wanted us to buy extra insurance. We couldn't tell if they where trying to scam us or if it was actually that crazy to drive to Nosara from Liberia. The answer was it was actually that crazy.
So we finally got the rental car and headed out. Less than a mile from the airport we ran into crazy traffic. Which resulted in the locals driving on the wrong side of the road and then cutting back into traffic when another car was coming. Now I've been to Costa Rica before but it was to San Jose. This was a completely different experience. This was the authentic Costa Rica. Third world country all the way but it was beautiful. The trip was about two and a half hours and the first hour and a half was paved, but very crazy. People, and dogs all in the road and not caring about on coming traffic. The craziest was the local drivers. They went where they wanted with no worries about anyone else on the road.
As we were driving the sunset was beautiful, but when it became dark, it was true dark. Then the pavement stopped. That was when it became apparent that it wasn't a scam the rental car place was trying to pull. It was genuine insanity as we where driving on a dirt road through the jungle. Crossing one lane bridges, blind curves and still dealing with the people, and dogs in the road along with people who clearly didn't care if they crashed. After a series of butt puckering experiences we arrived in Nosara.
It was after dark so most places where closed but we got to our Airbnb which is a lovely place and one of the better places to crash here. After dropping off our bags we walked over to Kaya Sol Surf Hotel and Bar to grab some grub which was delicious. Then on to meet the rest of the crew at the La Negra Soda where we had a few beers and then went back and crashed early.
Stay tuned... Day two in the morning.