Another early morning for us! A 2.5 hour drive was between us and the Pacific Ocean! When walking to breakfast, we passed a banana plant with a couple Toucans having breakfast of their own! They didn't have a care in the world that we were there watching from below. Such beautiful.. and loud.. creatures! After breakfast we packed up the car and hit the road. Our 2.5 hour drive turned into a 4 hour drive due to the windy roads stuck and behind dump trucks or slow movers, not many opportunities to pass. BUT, We drove the ENTIRE 4 hours on real roads! We even saw a street light! It was glorious! At the beginning of the trip we passed the magical tie dye trees of the tropics! I yelled at BHW to pull over so I could get a photo. I was so giddy, I think it may have been the most excited I've been the whole trip. The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is pretty much what would be in a Unicorn forest. They're so bright and colorful, quite unbelievable actually! After the Rainbow Eucalyptus moment, the ride was pretty uneventful. Except for when we passed a road sign that said 'Filadelfia' was 50KM ahead. Made BHW and I giggle a little, and also remind us that 'the real world' is waiting for us come Monday! Meh.
We got to the resort and were blown away by how nice it was! The lobby was open and there was a warm breeze blowing through. A young man came up us and gave us a little green drink. It was mint, passion fruit, and guaro (a sugar cane liquor common in Costa Rica). I had read the Flamingo Beach was a pretty developed area and that our hotel, Flamingo Beach Resort, was a high rise luxurious hotel right on the beach. I was expecting something like Miami or Cancun.. tons of hotels and beaches packed with umbrellas and sun bathers. I was pleasantly shocked at what Costa Rica thinks 'developed' is. Our hotel is only 3 stories tall, with only 1 floor having rooms. The beach was fairly small (which I like!) with only a few people. Although we are hitting the end of 'high season' I was still surprised.. and thrilled.. about how few people were around! When checking in, it was suggested to us that we purchase the all inclusive meal plan for the resort. I have never experienced an all inclusive resort before! I talked it over with my mom and BHW, we decided to do 2 days of all inclusive and the last day be on our own. After 4 days of adventures, we were ready to just relax and not have to worry about anything.
After hardly dropping off our bags, we were at the restaurant having drinks and lunch. We spent the rest of the afternoon laying around and exploring the beach. Also, who knew the swim up bar was such an amazing invention?! This trip is the first time I've experienced one.. they're awesome! While at the bar we ordered the 'Costa Rican Classic' the chileguaro shot. It's a shot with guaro, chile pepper, and black pepper.. the bartender warned me before I drank it, telling me to be careful. It wasn't too spicy, kind of tasted like a bloody mary! I wouldn't order it again, but it was totally worth trying at least once! The sunset was gorgeous and having dinner while listening to the waves crash right next door was so relaxing. The fun and food tuckered us out pretty quickly and we went to bed early. Tomorrow is another lazy day on the beach for us!