Marina Pez Vela was a nice change from our last two stops. We had five restaurants on site, the town of Quepos was within walking distance and we had easy bus transportation out to Manuel Antonio National Park, our main reason for stopping here.With its groomed trails and monkey sightings Manuel Antonio National Park is popular and can be crowded on some of the trails. It was fun to watch the monkeys but I really wish we had spotted a Toucan bird.
Glad we did the park but we both had more fun on our rain forest hike at Arenal when we didn’t see another sole.
We would have loved to stay longer in the area but this marina is pricey so in a light rain with bathing suits on we set off early in the morning on a short nine hour hop over to Drakes Bay hoping the predictions for a calm anchorage would hold true. The anchorages along Costa Rica can be rolly. Drakes Bay is very exposed to the sea but we lucked out and had dinner out in the cockpit along with a fairly calm night. It’s nice when the predictions are accurate. We did have rain move through overnight requiring is to close all the hatches. When at anchor we are on battery power so no air conditioning just a couple fans. It was a bit warm but we got more sleep then we would have on an overnight passage.
We raised anchor just as the sun was rising and headed out 67 nm for Golfito our last stop in Costa Rica. It was a calm day and we stayed dry until ten minutes before we pulled into our slip. Mother Nature decided to remind us who is boss and greeted us with a downpour as we pulled in to tie up. Luckily the harbor master and two of his staff were there to help us.
I’m finishing up this post enjoying a cocktail and air conditioning while it rains cats and dogs out there. Hoping it slows down a bit because neither of us feels like cooking! Happy hour and dinner awaits just a stones throw away.