Costa Rica – Day 3 – Playa Biesanz

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Kim had a rough night last night after dinner. The baby didn’t like the food I guess. So we decided to take it easy today and sleep in. We woke up just in time to get downstairs before brunch ended. Got some grub. Let me just say that any culture that serves chocolate cake at breakfast is A-OK in my book! We stopped by the tour desk and booked some adventures for later in the week. May, the guy at the desk, said that people had been spotting sloths on the property this morning. Kim was excited because of our strikeout at Manuel Antonio the day before. So we went to the room, got our beach stuff and cameras and did a little hike around the property. Just as we left the room, we saw movement in the trees below. I heard the sound that I had learned the day before — monkeys! I thought this was a bird sound on arrival but now I know the truth. We hustled down the stairs one flight so we could get vertically even with the monkeys. We watched them play in the trees for probably 20 minutes. They would wrestle, look at us, forage, and do other weird things.

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I thought Kim got some pretty good shots with those. I was doing video.

The monkeys eventually went deeper so we went to walk the nature trail around the property where the sloths were reported to be. These guys hang out high in the trees and look like big fur balls. Hard to learn what to see. Kim was taking her sweet time looking around. One of us spotted something up in a tree but no movement. Sloths are slow if you haven’t heard. What is that? Is that one? I can’t tell. Looked like a big clump of wood way up in the tree. We put the big 400 lens on but still couldn’t really tell what we were seeing. So we shot a few pictures and moved on. Funny story — so I am reviewing the photos before uploading to Flickr and I see a clear as day picture of a sloth. Kim, what is this? Did you take that? We got a laugh that we have now seen a sloth without ever actually recognizing it. We are getting there.

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We did the short walk down to Playa Biesanz. This is a small public cove near our hotel. It is the nearest and only real walkable beach from the hotel. The rest of the shoreline is monster cliffs.

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We parked over in the shade of the trees because it was hot. It is only in the 80s here but you would not want it hotter. The humidity keeps it toasty. Kim started reading Twilight and I read some software and running stuff.

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I would periodically hit the water and cool down a bit.

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A few hours passed and the tide was finally approaching us so we decided to head back to the hotel. It is not far back to the hotel but it is straight uphill on a trail. We stopped along the way and checked out the continually strange plant life here.

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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica

Luckily our hotel shuttle was passing by and they picked us up and gave us a quick lift up the hill. I don’t think I have ever seen a more relieved pregnant woman than Kim when the bus stopped. Prior to that, I was learning about how wet bath suits and trail walking do not mix — I swear I just took this randomly and caught her.

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We went back and hit the pool to clean up a bit. Kim opted not to swim and read Twilight for another couple hours by the pool. I think she is into that book now. I snapped a few photos of our room, views, and where we were at today from up above. Here is the cove down below as seen from our hotel room doorway.

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View from the stairwell. Not too bad.

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Our room.

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Bathtub out on the deck. One inside too. Just decide how and where you want to clean up.

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Cool “infinity pool” just down below our room. When you are in it, it looks like it has no edges and goes straight to the ocean. Fun spot to watch the sunset.

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The rest of the complex.

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Tomorrow, we head out on an excursion early to get up a bit higher. Will report back as always.

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  • jmock

    Once again, awesome pics.

  • Bring me home a monkey!!!

  • Brandon Fuller

    JM, thanks!

    Natalee, watch the day 5 video once posted.