Spent a day in San Jose and decided that would be enough. Asked the travel guru (he was from France) at the hostel for advice on Costa Rica, odd to me too, and he said Santa Teresa on the Pacific Coast. So I’m here in Santa Terea!
Took a six hour bus/ferry ride west to get here from San Jose. The ride composed of crossing mountains, gravel roads and bridges that are too skinny for most American cars. Needless to say, it was awesome.
Met a set of twins from Santa Cruz, Cali on the ferry who were coming here to visit friends, they invited me to stay with them, so I took that offer and hung with there friend who’s lived here for 4 years now. His dad moved here from Cali six years ago to start building tree house houses, fully equipped! The first night here I slept outside in a hammock!
The neighbors from that house are from Newcastle, Australia…….ironic that I studied there? Everything works out somehow. Long story short, the two brothers there had a sister just 2 houses down the mountain with an open room, that is my new residence for the next few days for $8 a night! No worries I can hear the ocean crashing at night.
Hitchhiked from the local (one of 10) surf shop to the bank on the back of a 4-wheeler. Hitchhiking is totally normal. Everyone drives quads (ATV’s) or motorcycles here. Santa Teresa’s population is just short of 2,000 people, all surfers. This town was created by them, nice to know they didn’t push out any locals.
A few random things y’all might appreciate:
-fruit grows on trees everywhere….mangos, coconuts, papaya, banana’s, plantains, etc
-there are iguana’s / lizards everywhere….praying mantis too! sooo cool
-everyone owns machettes (no es divertido?)
-the butterflies are beautiful
-the surf is awesome here! heavy rip tides
-the bus ticket from San Jose to Santa Teresa was 6000 colones, $10
-you CANNOT ever flush toilet paper here, the systems can’t handle it
-the water is OK to drink in terms of bacteria, but loaded with calcium and limestone
-chickens wake me up every morning
-prices are the same as the US (because this is a surfer town, not many locals)
Headed to the beach, surfs up.