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Costa Rica Trip Recap Continued

Posted on May 15, 2019 by under Travel.    

The day after our all day excursion was our recovery day. We pretty much spent the whole day relaxing at the resort pool. On the bus ride home, our group talked about getting up early in the morning to feed the monkeys. Well, it wasn’t firmed up so I didn’t know it was happening. Anyway, a bunch of them went and I didn’t know about it so I missed out.

I was more disappointed because I was up anyway and could have gone with them had I known. I just couldn’t go by myself because Brian was dead to the world, which I thought was how everyone else would be considering how late we got back the night before.

We pretty much just spent the whole day hanging out at the resort and drinking at the pool. The pool bar doesn’t really get you drunk because their drinks are pretty weak. Brian once asked me how the drinks are. I was like, “They all taste the same except in different colors!” LOL.

We volunteered to hold the line for dinner that night. That’s something else that is a bit different with this resort. They don’t take dinner reservations. The restaurants open at a certain time and if you want want to eat there, then you just get there a few minutes early to be in the line. They take so many people at a given time so there are dinner waves. If you get there late, then you’re pretty much not eating dinner there. Your options are the main buffet, which is usually not bad, and the sport bar (yes, sport bar with no “S” at the end). Basically, if you want to try the restaurants you have to get in line and, preferably, early so you eat at a decent time.

Brian and I decided to go back to our room early that night so we could clean up and come back down early to line up for dinner. We came back down as the wild pool party was wrapping up but ended up missing most of it. It was no skin off our backs, though. Neither Brian and I are party animal types and I heard it was pretty wild (as in, women were taking their tops off and everything).

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Here are a couple of pics of the pool party. It was winding down at this point.

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Some of our friends hadn’t gone up to their rooms to change yet so we hung out for a bit. I ended up double-fisting mojitos before dinner.

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Pre-dinner selfies at the pool bar…

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We got a nice table by the beach.

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I wish we could have gotten more pics when it was still light out. The sun sets really early in Costa Rica. It sets so early that they actually close the pool at six o’clock at night. That seemed really crazy to me at first. But it’s dark at six so I get it. It’s probably not safe for people to be swimming around in the dark.

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So this restaurant is actually the buffet close to the pool that we’ve been eating lunch at almost daily. It turns into a steakhouse in the evening.

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Here’s a pic of the menu.

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Here are some pics of food.

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Jay had to rush off to a poker tournament at the casino so I couldn’t get a pic of this quickly enough before he took a bite and had to skedaddle.

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At least we had time for a group selfie at dinner. You’ll see several of these throughout the course of our trip.

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Here are pics of the schedule at the lobby, which tells you what activities are happening at a given point in time.

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After dinner we decided to go to the casino to heckle the guys. Some of the group changed into more comfy clothes. I didn’t change because I was already comfy. Tina and Brian showed up in the same shirt completely unplanned.

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The crummy thing about the casino is that, although it’s on resort property, it’s not technically run by the resort so you had to pay for your drinks.

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Another group selfie just ’cause.

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Just me and Brian this time.

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Brian and I called it an early night because we were still recovering from the day before and I was determined to get up early the next day to feed the monkeys. The guys were up late, though. Marc, Kirk, and Jay made it all the way to the final five. I’m not sure how Marc and Jay fared but Kirk took second. I thought it was impressive that all three of them did so well.

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These are pics of the Monkey Bar that I took the next morning. It’s one of the landmarks on the monkey trail.

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Here are some pics of the cute Capuchin monkeys.

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…and me feeding them.

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They really like hard-boiled eggs and grapes.

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Here are some better up close pics that Jay took with his phone.

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Here’s a pic of our monkey-feeding crew.

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Except for Kirk and Alicia who were still in bed and Jay who is behind the camera. The next post will feature the jet ski tour that Brian and I went on later that morning. Stay tuned!

To be continued…

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