After fortunately having decided not to spend my time in Manuel Antonio in that hostel my journey continued and brought me to a place far away from everything but with an amazing vibe: Santa Teresa.
Firstly I needed to take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera from where I would take a bus to Cobano and then finally to Santa Teresa. To get a ticket for the ferry was surprisingly easy for Costa Rican standards and it was mainly clear how and when to get on the boat. Good job Costa Rica!
The two Uruguayan guys with the sweetest spanish accent ever!
The bus trips went by without further problems and I arrived on a long street parallel to the beach that is called “Santa Teresa”. Immediately I was reminded of Playa Guiones because the vibe was very similar from the first moment on. The hostel I stayed in was expensive with 17 dollars per night but totally worth it. The dorms had high ceilings, AC’s new bathrooms and the bunk beds were made out of stable wood so that you would not be able to hear your roommates moving in bed. Furthermore, the hostel had a perfect location right next to the beach and the staff was very nice too. For some those aspects might seem unnecessary but believe me I have been in a few hostels and I know what features count.
I only had 1.5 days there so I wanted to make the most out of it and rented a surfboard the next morning. It was a lot of fun but sooo frustrating! I just realized more and more that surfing needs patience, time and regular training. Exactly what I didn’t have. Still, I caught some whitewash and was pretty close to catching some good green ones two times. The problem was that the pro’s in the water were faster than me and of course more experienced and one time I had a bad wipeout.
Around midday, I got to know the people staying in my hostel more and it turned out that the majority of them were from Tel Aviv, Israel. Especially two girls were very welcoming to me and one even spoke german! In the afternoon I went surfing again and luckily caught some more waves but just the feeling of being out there in the lineup while the sun was going down was truly incredible. That night I relaxed with the Israelis again and was just shook of how opened, friendly and beautiful they were. Girl or boy each person had a special and unique look that can be just described as beautiful.
The next day I intended to take a bus to Montezuma but by coincidence, I ran into a couple that was going there as well and had ordered a shuttle with other people and would only cost me 4 dollars more in the end for a comfortable ride without switching buses and waiting. This scenario is one of many alike scenarios which makes me think are those coincidences or is it faith?
I arrived in Montezuma later that day and finally finished my Uni- applications for England. At night I booked a tour for the next day that included a boat trip, snorkelling and relaxing on a private island. Food was included, so I went for it for 50 dollars.
The next day I met Justine, a French-Canadian girl my age from my hostel and an American guy that worked in Montezuma while we were waiting for the boat. We got on the boat and the trip began.
Just the boat ride itself was a 100 per cent worth it because we saw dolphins and after asking I was allowed to sit in front on the top of the boat. After a while, we were able to see dolphins swimming beside our boat which was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen so far. Then we continued to a mini-island where we did our first snorkel trip. It was so interesting to see all the different fish around, coral reefs and even a small shark. Of course, I followed him for as long as my breath would allow me to.
Very soon we did our second snorkel trip which was great as well and then we relaxed for some hours on a private island where we were served delicious Costa Rican food. And so my little boat trip ended and I stepped out of it with my very new friend Justine from Montreal, Canada.
Let’s just say the heat and the beer made us have a “little” photo shoot…
That night we hung out with two guys from Uruguay that she met before. They were suuuper sweet but in the end, I ended up talking to just one of them because Justine had a fling with one of them. Awkward but I was a good wingman I guess.
The next day I visited the famous waterfall in Montezuma. The walk was short but I was lucky to see lots of capuchin monkeys around and the view was magnificent.
I met two german girls at the waterfall and spent the afternoon with them in a restaurant.