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TRAVEL SERIES: DAY 7 & 8: GOLFO DE PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA

Day 7:

This day was a Sunday. Back at home, our typical Sunday is always a lazy, laundry day. But Sunday on the ship was a Lazy Sunday and Sunday Funday! Again, we woke up later than usual and we wanted to check out breakfast at the dining room. I checked their daily newspaper which is called “Reflections” to see what time the dining room closed for breakfast. To my surprise, they were serving brunch! We were pretty excited since we’ve been eating quick breakfast at the Lido Buffet or room service.

They took brunch to a whole different level! We walked towards the lobby and we saw them setting up a brunch buffet with various stations! There was an omelet station, pasta station, seafood station, salad station, fruit station, bread station, dessert station, cheese station and I can go on about all the stations! OMG, it was an amazing presentation!

 

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After that brunch, we headed to the pool to relax again and digest the big brunch we had. This day was definitely very lazy and a chance for us to really unwind.

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We had dinner at the dining room.

Duck Breast Appetizer

 

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Fish Entree 
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Dessert!

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Craft Beer to end the night!

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DAY 8:

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We anchored off Marina de Papagayo (Pa-Pa-Ga-Yo, which means parrot). We had an early start since we arrived pretty early compared to the other ports. This side of Costa Rica is very rural and far from everything. There wasn’t a real “local town” so we had to take a shuttle to the nearest town called Playa del Coco Town which is about 45 minutes away.

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The drive to the Coco Town reminded me of a town in the Philippines called Bohol. There was just acres of plantations. Since it was still dry season, everything was brown, but beautiful at the same time. Our tour guide gave us a little history of Costa Rica and she kept telling us that the once we get into town that we will notice how nice the people are. And she was right. We were definitely not in Mexico anymore. The people are more helpful here. The saying you will here in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida”, which means the way of life. But it’s like when Hawaiians say Aloha. It’s a greeting of hello, goodbye, everything is great! Costa Ricans appreciate the saying.

 

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On the shuttle ride over, we met two older woman and hung out with them this whole trip. They were great company and was wanting to go to the next town from Playa Del Coco to Playa Ocotal. Again, another small city. But it had a private small beach with black sand. It was beautiful! I’ve never seen black sand before! It’s rockier than white sand beaches, but view was amazing!

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There was a local restaurant called Father Rooster. And this was one of the best meals I’ve had in awhile, with the exception of the food on the ship. We had to get rice and beans and plaintains. Hands down, the best rice and beans! It’s on my list to learn how to make it the Costa Rican way! We also had seared tuna and snapper. To our surprise the snapper was a fried whole snapper! Reminded me of the snapper we had at Fishing with Dynamite. This tasted so FRESH! It just melts in your mouth. AMMMAZZING!

 

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After lunch, we headed back to the other town and walked around the small city. Got some souvenirs and chilled at the beach there while we waited for our shuttle.

 

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It was so hot and by the time we got back to the ship we just wanted to relax. We got back pretty early, so we ended up catching the afternoon movie: Kingsmen: The Secret Service. I had no idea what the movie was about, but I really enjoyed it! Enjoy the next couple photos of the views on the ship during sunset!

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The rest of the day we just relaxed and got ready for dinner at the dining room.

Escargot! Buttery Goodness!

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Seafood Chaufa (Seafood Fried Rice)

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Dessert!

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The next destination: Panama City and the Panama Canal! I’m so excited to share this experience! So stay tune!

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