Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach

Today was a beach day! Since the beach by our hotel is not suitable for swimming, we drove today to Manuel Antonio Natinoal Park where there is a beautiful, secluded and sheltered beach with water that is clean, clear, and safe for swimming. We got to the beach around 11:00 am and had about four hours to enjoy the sun, sand, water and animals. The water was super warm and very clean so we spent lots of time swimming and enjoying the sunshine. The weather has been very warm down on the coast and the humidity is almost 100% so the water at the beach and the hotel pool have been very enjoyable. 

At the beach we saw all sorts of wildlife including monkeys, a sloth, racoons, iguana, and hermit crabs. At one point I was taking photos of an iguana eating the front claw from a crab. A moment later I noticed a crab scurrying along the beach, minus one large front claw. Poor guy! He must have gotten into a fight and lost.

After our time at the beach we spent a little bit of time at the local market before loading up the bus and heading back to the hotel for some free time before supper. Everyone was pretty tired after supper so some of the students headed to bed and were asleep before 9:00 pm.

Tomorrow is a transfer day back to San Jose with a stop at a large market along the way. Looking forward to buying souvenirs for family and friends.

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