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Snorkeling at Tortuga Island

Day eight came, and the group of wedding guest stragglers decided to go snorkeling. There were almost 20 of us, so we loaded into two boats.

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The boat I was on was called the Isabella. The view from the boat of the aquamarine ocean was stunning. We passed some sea turtles making love. They spotted us and dove deeper until they were out of view.

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We anchored at our snorkeling spot and put on our snorkeling masks and flippers. I had never been snorkeling before and quickly found that glasses prevent the snorkeling mask from suctioning. I treaded water and attempted to put my face under water, but each time I got salt water in my eyes and up my nose. The more I bobbed, the more my goggles fogged up. I was able to get a few fleeting glances at the island sand from under water, but it was clear I wasn’t snorkeling right or my equipment was not working properly. I swam back to the boat with a few helpful pushes from Mick to get past the waves. Mick got to see lots of fish and apparently could swim as good as one.

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The group made our way back to the boat and we stopped at Tortuga Island for lunch. While we were waiting for our food, a wild boar walked under our picnic table and invited the girls in the group to pet her by alluding cuteness.

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There were pot belly pigs there too but were not such hams for attention.

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We were also introduced to two Macaws, who were also not as friendly and who were more interested in eating fruit.

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The locals served us fresh coconut, which we could eat with a thin layer of the shell, which tasted a little like a almond.

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The group was served a main meal, with our choice of chicken or fish.

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We took a short swim in the ocean before loading back up on the boats. We had another chance for snorkeling more, but I don’t really like putting my head under water and I couldn’t wear contacts or go without glasses, so I enjoyed watching some yellow fish come to the surface when we offered them pineapple and rice.

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Our boat was going too fast for us to see dolphins, but the passengers on the other boat reported seeing one or two.

That evening, after dinner and a nap we drove to Montezuma for another hangout session on the beach. Many of the guests were returning home the next day.

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What a great opportunity to spend time with friends in paradise.

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Souvenirs

Day seven, we were tired so we stayed at the hotel till afternoon and then headed out to the nearest town, Cabano. There were bigger supermarkets there, where I bought my first souvenir, ironically made in India.

We found a restaurant where we could order a traditional meal.

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I also ordered a pineapple drink, which was huge.

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After lunch we headed down a winding road to Montezuma, a tourist draw. There we found souvenirs made actually in Costa Rica.

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For dinner we decided to try out the place across the street from our hotel.

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A satisfying end to a relaxing day.

Tambor Beach

Day three in Costa Rica, Mick and I enjoyed a complimentary breakfast at our hotel and then headed to the beach on foot. It was hot, but overcast, so the walk was pretty enjoyable. We encountered a huge ant nest on the way.

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The local flowers are absolutely stunning.

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Once we arrived at the beach, I was surprised how warm the water felt. It’s the same Pacific Ocean we know, but the water was so much warmer thanĀ  what we were accustomed to in California. Besides one other person, we had the beach to ourselves.

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We walked until we happened upon a resort, the quintessential paradise. Grass huts and everything.

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There’s mostly American food on the menu at our hotel, so we had hamburgers for dinner.

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We were the only ones at the lodge, so we had a peaceful evening.

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