While the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica’s southwest is remote and wild, the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwest is rather more developed as a tourist destination. Nevertheless Pacific waves still pound its shores and there are quiet corners to be found. After all, ‘developed’ in Costa Rica is a relative term!
On our first full day staying at Lagarta Lodge we took the hotel’s shuttle bus to Guiones, the nearest beach town. We’d expected to find bars and cafés on the beach, which is popular among surfers; but as it’s a natural reserve the buildings were all set some distance back from the sea.
It was very very hot! So after taking a few photos of the surfers we retreated to the occasional shade to be found in the streets of the laid-back little town.
We found a little coffee shop selling excellent iced coffees. The guy working there said they only opened two weeks ago, so all the coffees were the same low price! We sat on a bench outside to enjoy our drinks, then walked around taking a few photos.
I’m sharing this with Jo for her Monday Walks, but I have to confess it was a rather short walk! The heat here was a bit much for me for walking, and there was little shade from the mostly low buildings as the sun climbed higher. But both Chris and I welcomed the opportunity for a different style of photography after the mostly wildlife and landscape shots we’d been taking on this trip.
Despite the hot sun I enjoyed seeking out and photographing various bits of street art, which I’m sharing for Marsha’s Photographing Public Art challenge. The ones on corrugated metal were at a construction site. This area is very popular with ex-pats from the US in particular; we saw signs for new developments in several places around the little town, including the real estate ‘office’ above. I wonder if it will manage to remain so laid-back in character in the future?
After a while we found a spot that was shady, at a juice bar, where we had some very good smoothies made with coconut water.
We’d booked a 12.25 return shuttle but when it didn’t appear on time we called the hotel. They apologised for the mix-up and sent a jeep to fetch us, but it meant a bit of a wait. Luckily we found somewhere in the shade to stand; and even more luckily we had the chance to photograph a couple of Variegated Squirrels in a nearby tree.
Just the same, I was glad to see the jeep arrive; and even more glad to get back to the lodge and its welcoming shade and beautiful pools.
I visited Costa Rica in February 2022