20 January 2016
Yesterday was our 1 week here in CR. Today we are leaving Samara and heading to Jaco. My Army friend is picking us up at 5pm and driving us there. I think it’s about 3 hour drive. After spending a week in Samara we have witnessed a lot of interesting. Some good things, some great and some not so good at all. After our first night in San Jose city in an excellent hotel, my friend Jim picked us up and delivered us to his retirement town, Samara. The drive to Samara was a very long drive on a very narrow and winding road. The roads in this country are, so far, way below average. About halfway there Jim took us in to see the Crocodiles. We were glad he did. It gave us a chance to get out and stretch our legs and run for a bathroom break. So, below this bridge, in the middle of nowhere, were maybe 20 or so very large crocs swimming around in this lazy river. It was very cool to see and we took lots of pictures.
So we arrived at our first airbnb destination on the west side of beautiful Samara. We booked it online and Christine was our host. We were met with hugs and lots of great smiles. Christine is an excellent lady originally from Quebec and now retired here in CR. She runs a little bnb here. Her bnb is maybe 5 minutes from the town centre and 5 minutes from the beach. We walk everywhere other than the one day we rented bikes. Her bnb was in an excellent location. It didn’t have AC but we did have our own room with our own private bathroom and shower. The temps here in Samara have been averaging around 32 C. During the early mornings and evenings when we walked it was much cooler and bearable. You would think with temps at 32 and no AC it would be torturous but after the first day our bodies got use to it. We had a fan directly above our bed that did an excellent job.
Like I said, we stayed here for 8 days now. It has been very calming, peaceful, relaxing and expensive. If you buy anything from the street venders, they will charge you twice the price. The post office charges you twice the price for stamps. As soon as they know you’re an outsider all they see is money signs. In town the roads are bad to extremely bad. The sidewalks are beyond repair and we have never seen anyone working on any town projects. The streets are dirty and there is debris and garbage blowing around everywhere. The beaches are beautiful or they could be. The Samara beach is about 2 kms long and we walked it just about every day. They are very dirty compared to Cuba and México resorts. It seems that there is no one hired to clean up anything. And, the locals and visitors just throw their crap everywhere. It’s very sad. They have an over population of stray dogs. They are everywhere. They are not aggressive but just everywhere. Horses wander the streets and beaches unattended. It doesn’t seem to bother anyone either. The locals burn their garbage everywhere except in their own yards. Normally they burn stuff on the side of a road. There are no rules of the road here at all. ATVs race the streets, no helmets. 125cc bikes are everywhere and race the roads. Cars are way too fast and do not follow any rules. There is normally two police on their bikes patrolling the streets but they never stop anyone.
It’s not all bad and I am far from a negative person. The locals are relatively friendly. They will do anything for you. The weather is amazing and the water is warm and ready for surfers. The beaches are lined with beautiful sun bathers every day. The beer is cold and plentiful.
20 January 2016