10.01.2012 - 10.01.2012
Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are small little surfing towns near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The towns themselves are about 4km apart connected by a dirt road lined with all types of hotels and resorts. The ATV's, private tourist shuttles and all types of jeeps and SUV's rip down the road at break neck pace narrowly avoiding any people crazy enough to actually walk (yay us!). The vehicles leave a huge cloud of dust behind them nicely covering the few pedestrians and virtually all the plant life on the side of the road in a thick layer of soot. It's so bad that we've seen people using a water hose to water the road and the plants near their own homes and resorts so as to remind people that the plants are actually supposed to be green.
The ATV drivers apparently also get covered in dust so they figured out a way to avoid choking to death while attempting to run over nearby pedestrians. They all wear Wild West style hankerchiefs over their faces. It all has a sort of weird Mad Max feel to it as you're walking down and these crazy little 4 wheelers with their Old West Bank Robber looking drivers are barreling at you in a cloud of dust.
However, if you are a surfer, or want to learn to surf, this is pure paradise. The beaches are huge and the waves are absolutely perfect. I don't even know much about surfing but you can easily tell that the waves come in at precise intervals in the exact same spot and look extremely easy to time.
The sunsets are also amazing. In fact the sun is in front of you the entire day at this time of the year, which means there is absolutely no shade anywhere. It was the first time I've ever seen Kristine get so hot she put on SPF 30 and even then just wanted to get of the sun. In fact she got extremely cranky for no reason and she really didn't know why she was getting cranky until she got out of the sun.
We stayed in a little lodge called "Blue Jays Lodge" which had great private cabins for $56 per night INCLUDING breakfast. The cabins were super clean and had everything we could ever need including hammocks on the private porch.
Since Kristine doesn't swim very well and the surf lessons in the area are a bit pricey we decided to make sunset watching our primary activity on our first day.