To be honest, our Spanish skills are still poor. Nevertheless, we discovered some lovely places in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Costa Rica – Peninsula de Nicoya
Thinking we are in Mal Pais, we found out after a few days that we are actually in Santa Teresa (always those stupid tourists)… Summing up our impressions of Santa Teresa: +endless and clean beach +small beginner waves (even for tiny people like Vera) +wide variety of yummy food +mind-blowing sunsets –dusty streets = dust everywhere –extremely hot afternoons (stay in your room from 11am to 3pm and embrace the AC!)
Chasing the non-existing swell, we were heading north to Playa Negra / Playa Avellanas. There we got literally lost. We found ourselves in a lonesome tree house in the middle of nowhere with a lot of howling monkeys. Even though this area is quite abandoned and the swell wasn’t there either, the beaches are just stunning and almost uncrowded. If you go there don’t miss the beach bar called “Lola’s”, named after its cute, oversized pig. After some lonely days in Playa Negra we were heading to the Nicaraguan border.
Nicaragua – Rivas Province
Entering a new country requires some currency knowledge. After exhausting calculation problems it turned out that we are actually wealthy budget – traveler in Nicaragua. So we didn’t hold off eating again in an upmarket restaurant without plastic chairs and drinking mojitos instead of water. San Juan del Sur is a must for every tourist in southern Nicaragua. Colorful houses and lively atmosphere describe this cute seaport. To surf some waves we explored the beaches next to SJDS and decided to stay in Playa Maderas at the only hostel at the beachfront (Hostel los tres hermanos). Early morning surfs (brrr, the pacific here is freezing), campfire and a reunion with my Swiss mate Jonas completed our stay there.