Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula


Exploration started with the Nicoya Peninsula. We covered most of the Pacific coast, staying in various formal and informal campsites, until we reached Montezuma where we spent six days perched on a beach under the trees. The grumpy lady renting the cabin in front of the beach was not happy about this. There we were, hammocks spread out, chairs, stove (it did not take long for us to make ourselves at home). And all of it for free, with the best beach spot in town I would argue. Locals said the beach was fair game for all, so neither us nor our neighbours (two hammock dwellers and Max who biked from Peru) planned on moving elsewhere.  We enjoyed the evening stars that would fill the sky and the turtle sanctuary, along with the other beauties and challenges of wild camping.  Volunteers patrolled the beach in search of turtles, once found the eggs were relocated where they could be safeguarded from poachers and other wildlife.

Junquillal beach: Finally a rock beach!


Drums beat at 8 am as the town of Samara with a population of about 4000 people joins the global climate march.
Montezuma beach dinner, Brett and Ella gaze into the distance of another stretch of unswimmable waters.

At about nine o’clock it was already too hot to move about. So we would settle in for individually prescribed siestas.

Brett rotates with the shade around the tree
Taking cover from the heat under the van, although I am not sure it works like that, but we won’t tell the dog.
Not having a cell phone of my own I am left to ponder the secrets of the universe
Sometimes I hide in my van fort and have a reading fiesta.  Although ebooks on a laptop are a bit awkward to read.
And sometimes you just swing to your heart’s desire

As we moved around the peninsula the road conditions were far from what we expected in Costa Rica.  But before Brett would get frustrated with the wash board rattle that loosened most of the screws in the car, the river crossings made for some fun time.



Sometimes we all gather in the front to ponder over serious decisions.

Onto a more serious discussion, as we try to solve our ant problem which was slowly getting out of control. First step was ignoring it, with hopes it would go away, apparently the ants were also hoping we were going away and tried to take over.   Furthermore while driving Brett noticed a monster of a spider looming above his head in the car.   We quickly exchanged looks, pulled half way off the road and jumped out of the car.  Neither of us are squeamish about spiders or other creatures, but this fellow meant business.  Unsuccessfully, we tried to get the spider out, instead he got deeper into the car.  It was time to get some bug killing spray for our van.  So in a vary inorganic manner we solved our ant problem.  The whereabouts of the spider however remained a mystery, so we emptied the entire contents of the car in search.  Next step was googling in hopes of identifying a big, but harmless spider.  Like googling diseases, it proved to be a horrible idea.  First contestant was the worlds most poisonous Brazilian Wondering Spider, considering we were not getting in bed with that, we googled more until the next match proved to be less murderous. We survived the night and moved on from the beaches into the hills of Costa Rica among the more friendlier cows and chickens.

Hills over Juntas looking over the Pacific coast.  This place was a winner so far in Costa Rica.




  • Mom

    December 10, 2015 at 11:30 am Reply

    What beautiful scenery!!! Each country has something new to offer and experience.

  • Drea

    December 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Did you check Brett’s pants for the spider? After the cockroach incident anything is possible. Hope the spider is long gone!!

    • bpainter

      December 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply

      Haha that’s hilarious! Good point.

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