Today was our first, and only full day of relaxing on the beach! We took advantage of every moment of sun, and the all inclusive meal/drink package. We had breakfast at the resort in the outdoor area, the breeze coming in from the ocean was such a relaxing way to start the day. During breakfast we noticed something hanging from the ceiling of the outdoor area. Come to find out, it was the tail of a pretty massive lizard that lives in the beams. Keeping our eye on that huge tail, we kept eating. Of course, the one second we looked away from the tail.. it vanished! I was slightly freaking out when I noticed a woman taking pictures behind the trash can. Walking over to see what she was looking at, my eyes fell upon a huge, almost 4 foot, lizard! He was just hanging out eating a piece of pineapple that someone dropped. The lizard grabbed the pineapple in his mouth and started back up the wall for his little secret hideaway until the next piece of food ended up in his territory.
After breakfast we ended up by the pool. I always think it's stupid when people sit by the pool when there is a beach 20 feet away... but I kind of forgot about how terrible sand is. Also, there's no swim-up bar in the ocean. The sun is so extreme in Costa Rica that even a short amount of time in the sun is quite enough.. and sunscreen is beyond necessary! Mom and I were pretty pumped about getting massages, and BHW was just as excited about unlimited drinks. The hour before my massage, I had my mom put more sunscreen on my back. It seemed like she got it everywhere.. but apparently she got it NOWHERE. By the time I got to my massage, my back was like a lobster!
My massage started out with a body scrub with coffee grounds that made me feel like my skin was falling off. When I went to my massage, I let the masseuse know that my back was burnt and to please avoid that. Thankfully she did, she was literally rubbing coffee grounds on my skin until it almost became unbearable. Just as I was about to tell her to stop, she put a warm towel on me to gently wipe away the grounds. Ahhh relief! I had a regular massage after the body scrub, it was wonderful!
Once my massage was finished, BHW and I went out to the beach to watch another beautiful sunset and then to dinner at the restaurant at the resort. It was 'Tico' night! Tico is the term that Costa Ricans use to refer to themselves. There were, obviously, beans and rice, but many other options of tasty food! We had a late dinner so afterwards we all headed to our rooms for the night.. but not before grabbing a few beers to take back with us. We signed up for SCUBA diving for tomorrow, it will be BHW's first time! I haven't been in a while, I'm pumped!