Check this out, a warm, milky green ocean in a sheltered bay. It is the dream of any winter battered North American. At a time when the slush on the Toronto streets is a black scum of salt and oil, a few hundred dollars can put you here.
This photograph was taken at Manuel Antonio, just past the town of Quepos. It is a coastline renoun for it's surfing and with over a 1000 kilometres of pacific shoreline the warm waters (27C) are considered by the surfing community to be amongst the top four sporting locations in the world. California, Hawaii and Australia raking up there in the same catagory. From November through March isolated beaches, exposed to the ocean take great swells that had originated from storms in the central and north Pacific, but for the remainder of the year south swells are dominant.
From San Jose to here is a four hour drive. At the Rio Tarcoles bridge we stopped to taunt the Crocodiles "You want some beer you bad boys", our guide shouts down to the reptiles. The road continues sout along the coast past the famous black sand beach of Paco, (pronounced "haco")and over shaky bridges that appear to be held together by wire and bamboo. "If you pray, I would start now Renaldo advised as we approached the bridge at Paritta. Like most Costa Ricans he has a fantastic sense of humor.