We arrived at Playa Negra at night and we were unable to get a good look at the outside of what would be our home for the next 5 days. High up in the trees, the Johnnie Manana’s Tree house was truly a hidden gem. Although there was no A/C, no hot water and no television the accommodations were pleasant and cozy. The breeze from the jungle made A/C inessential because the windows had been replaced with wire mesh allowing the breeze to freely flow throughout the tree house, making it seem as if we were one with nature. When we opened the front door we noticed two hammocks on the porch and immediately knew where we would be spending every freaking morning. After lying back in the hammocks for an hour we decided to take a drive to Tamarindo. Tamarindo is a busy tourist town about 45 minutes away. We heard the market was open and figured we could go out and get some fresh fruits.
We stayed on the highway for as long as we could before the paved highway became a dirt road. Being the wanders we are we opted to follow another path in search of spectacular pictures for the blog instead of sticking to the plan of going straight to the market and of course we got lost again. After riding around we ended up at an intersection where we came across some cowboys herding their livestock through the street.
Once we made it to Tamarindo we found out we came down for the market on the wrong day. We arrived at Tamarindo Beach and it was gorgeous but hot too hot we didn’t stay long, just enough time to walk the beach and take a few pictures of the rock islands nearby. Our next stop was Flamingo Beach, just a bit more to the North of Tamarindo Beach. This area was extremely developed. There were mansions and condos along the beach and on the hill tops; we were able to find a great spot to take some beautiful pictures.
Not wanting to get caught driving once the sun went down we jumped back on the road. Did I mention how bad the roads are? In New Orleans we are used to horrible streets, but this was a whole new level of horrible. On our way back using Google maps we got lost AGAIN… only this time I was sure we wouldn’t make it.
Navigating through Costa Rica is an adventure in itself! We eventually made it back around 2pm after “making groceries”. Didn’t find much fruit; the open market day was Saturday so we had to go with the essentials: Wine, Bacon, Strawberries, Bananas and OJ, the other stuff in the fridge was complimentary from our AirBnB host Johnny’s Mananas’.
Our afternoon consisted of lying in the hammock together. We waited for the sun to down before we headed out for dinner, yes, we know what you’re thinking (we never learn). After getting directions, from Johnny, we drove to the Famous Playa Negra Hotel and had dinner on the beach with more Mojitos and Tequila Sunset’s, we came across a family having a bon fire which was really cool. After dinner we headed back to the treehouse for some RnR.