Vamos para la playa
Since arriving in Costa Rica, one of the things I really wanted to do was go to the beach. Before arriving in Costa Rica I thought the beach would be very close and that I would be able to go anytime. The truth is that Heredia is in what is called the Valle Central or the central valley. The closest beach is probably about an 1 hour – 1hour and 1/2 away. The great thing about Costa Rica is that you could pretty much take a bus to get anywhere and it’s inexpensive. My friends and I decided to take a bus to a beach called Jaco for a weekend and stay at a hostel.
We chose Jaco as our first beach trip since it was relatively close (1hour and a half). We just wanted to go to the beach, we were so excited to go. Here’s the thing about Jaco, if you ask a Tico about it,they’ll tell you it’s not a nice beach but like the explorers that we are, we decided to find out for ourselves. Jaco was a nice beach but what I think the Tico’s were getting at is that Jaco itself is very commercialized. In other words, a lot of the fast food chains you could find in the US, condos, everyone spoke english, etc. I really liked that there’s a main strip where everything from the restaurants and shops were located.
The next day, I decided to go to Manuel Antonio, which according to the Ticos has nicer beaches than Jaco. I agree with the Ticos I thought it was a nicer beach but I also noticed that I didn’t see any of the fast food restaurants like I saw in Jaco. I wonder if that has anything to do with it. The nice thing about Manuel Antonio is that there is a national park. You could go on a hike and then relax on one of the park’s nice beaches. There was also a nice market area where there were a lot of locals selling hand made things, I bought a couple of bracelets here. Sadly, I was only able to spend a couple of hours here but it is a place I will travel to again before I leave Costa Rica!