Our hotel complex Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast was huge with buildings and gorgeous landscape on both sides of the main road. A traffic guard stopped traffic when any guests needed to cross.
In fact, all guests wore wrist bands, like hospital ids, as proof they could access the property. The bands could not be removed and passed to someone else. So they were cut off as we boarded the bus to leave.
All of the Mayan looking statutes seemed strange to me. According to our very knowledgeable guide, there were only about 50,000 natives in the whole country area when the Spanish landed in what is today southern Costa Rica. Among the natives were 27 different languages, ethnicities, and ruling orders. They have been almost completely absorbed by the Spanish.
The flowers above are Ixora.
If you have been to a resort area in Mexico, this had the same feel about it.
The way this soil and grass is built up around the trunk of this palm is the exact opposite of what tree arborists instruct here.
I love these small flat topped trees. They make a great shade.
This iguana ran under my lawn chair.
He was only about 18″ long.
How these Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum) survive in direct sun is a mystery. Recommended growing conditions are bright indirect light, humid air, and cooler temperatures.
The weather was all over the place on this trip. This was a really hot spot with full tropical sunlight. In the afternoon it was definitely uncomfortable to be outside.
Unknown to me, like most of the tropical plants, but beautiful.
This Strangler Fig provided the shade for one of the hotel’s dining areas right by the beach. These trees in the Ficus family grow up around another tree and eventually kill it. This most often happens in forests where the competition for light is fierce.
A hatched cabana similar to many seen on Caribbean islands.
We ate our meals in the dining room behind this cabana.
At all of our hotels except one, the restaurants were open aired. One morning this bird joined us. He hopped boldly on tables and chairs.
This picture and the following two were provided by Diane Atchison. She was in our group and very generously shared her pictures and gave permission for me to post them.
From my internet search, this is a Costa Rica Bluebird. Very cute.
Perfect shot. Thanks, Diane.
The sidewalks through the “village” of hotel buildings had lovely leaf impressions. Manpower must be cheap.
Mangoes growing by the balcony near our room.
Although I’m not a real beach person, the scenes were lovely and peaceful.
The sun is low and many were enjoying water activities.
All these following shots is my attempt to show the sun setting over the Pacific.
The hotel swimming pool in the cool of the evening.
This was probably the only truly relaxed part on our trip. Most days we were on the move with early morning departures to travel or to visit sights.
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