Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hard to believe it is rainy season, we have had so much sun. Almost every day has been sunny and warm, with some rain usually at night. I call it "Camelot weather ("In Camelot it never rains 'til after sundown...")
For the benefit of surfers, now the big waves are coming in and we are off to a fine start for surf season. Here at Hidden Jungle Beach House, for the first time, we have a surfboard for rent! Now novice surfers can take the perfect board for learning and walk 3 minutes to the best beach around for learning to surf! Always wanted to try it? Come visit!
Look here for a video of novice surfers at Black Beach.
Friday, November 22, 2013
I have not posted for about a week because I was transitioning between computers. Now I am all set and back again with the Weather Report. And what wonderful weather I have to tell you about. Normally we are in rainy season by now with frequent rain mixed with sun. This is the time when the waves get big and the sea gets stormy. But not now. For the past week we have had lots of sun with some rain at night. The water has been calm and lovely for swimming. I do not know what is going on, but I like it!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
This is the Red Eyed Tree Frog, so popular in the world of nature. A friend brought this one around for me to see.
The recent weather has been unusual - sun every day. Rainy season starts at the end of October but you would not know that now. We have had some rain at night, which is nice. We need it.
The fishermen are enjoying the calm and smooth water. There are schools of sardines popping and jumping up near the shoreline. They are caught in hand thrown nets and used for bait. The pelicans have been scouring the coast and dropping down in a fast face-first dive to catch their dinner. I saw dolphins in the bay this morning. And so goes life in paradise!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Last night we had a good heavy rainstorm. Woke up this morning to everything fresh. Today is hot and sunny. The water is clear and turquoise blue. It is the perfect snorkeling and diving weather - just perfect!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Perfect beach weather - the sun is shining and the water is smooth and calm - great for swimming. Every day I take my dogs out to swim. I know this weather will be passing soon and we will be on to rainy season. I so appreciate the moment!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
In the past few days we've had clouds in the early part of the day and sun in the afternoon. Only a few weeks ago there were drought conditions. Now there are occasional small showers. The waves are growing and the water is getting rough. I can see the approach our of tropical winter. Rainy season starts next month. Winter is our time of beautiful Caribbean sunsets!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
THIS PHOTO IS NOT FROM TODAY! It was taken in 2008. I am using it to illustrate the new article I just wrote called "When Hell Breaks Loose, Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride". Check it out to see what I have learned living 6 years in Costa Rica.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
This is part of a gorgeous mural in a restaurant along the way if you come to Costa Rica's Caribbean side. When coming from San Jose you take Route 32 and go up over the huge mountains of the Zurqui. At the bottom on the Caribbean side on your right hand side you'll see a big open style restaurant with lots of cars and trucks in the parking lot. That is my favorite restaurant on the way from San Jose. The food is served cafeteria style so you can look and pick what you want. It's all freshly made a n very good. The mural covers 3 walls. this part shows the tunnel you go through at the beginning of the climb over the Zurqui. Good food and art - what a nice way to take a break from a long day's drive!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
WHAT IS IT??? Walking down the beach in beautiful Playa Negra (Black Beach) I came upon this huge, three story hulk emerging from the jungle, headed for the sea. Upon closer inspection I could see it was not yet seaworthy. Someone is building a boat - a big boat. Is it an ark? If so it would not be the first to be built in Puerto Viejo. That's right, not long ago a local expat tried to build an ark out of steel shipping containers. I heard he had it filled with survival supplies, awaiting the apocalypse - just one of the many creative ideas manifested by the colorful characters of Puerto Viejo.
Further investigation led to another of our town's colorful characters: Popeye O'Brien, owner of The Point, a sports bar on the beach right near the big boat. (Yes, he eats spinach. If the real Popeye retired from cartoons to run a bar on Costa Rica's Caribbean, this guy has got to be him.) Popeye and his wife Tiffany (Olive Oil took off with Brutus) got the inspiration for the Pirates Point Party Barge from a boat pictured here on Indiegogo. You can also see a video of the boat in it's early stages of construction on the same page.
What fun! This will be a great addition to our town - a novelty. The plan is for it to be a bar barge for drinking, relaxing in the sun and crashing down the water slide into the cool, clear Caribbean. "The Sailor Man" says it should be ready to launch in two weeks. I can't wait!
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Thursday October 3, 2013: Soft steady rain in the morning sun in the afternoon.
Don't take Route 32 today! The photo above is from the Costa Rican newspaper crhoy.com regarding the closure of Route 32 which is the main road from San Jose to Limon and then on to Puerto Viejo. The bridge at the Rio Parismina collapsed. The alternate way to get through is by taking Route 2 through Turrialba. It is a much longer drive. And with all the 18 wheelers that will be taking that route while 32 is closed you can expect a 9 hour drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. Looks like the road will be open again on Saturday.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Every day has been hot and sunny since I last posted. We've had a few evening thunderstorms giving much needed rain, but sun all day.
These photos are the view from my big beach umbrella. When I spend the day at the beach I camp. I bring lunch, drinks, water for the dogs, a chair, a book to read and my big tent umbrella. It gives me lots to do. Along with swimming with the dogs and doing some yoga in the sand, I pass a full fun and relaxing day, just minutes from home at Hidden Jungle Beach House.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
This is our bright, pretty kitchen at Hidden Jungle Beach House. Being on the ground floor and open all around, the jungle breezes blow through. This creates a cool comfort of at least 10 degrees lower temperatures than in town or on the beach. You can relax in the hammock and enjoy the jungle view during the hottest part of the day. And with an abundance of local fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, cooking is fun at Hidden Jungle Beach House. Cooking your own meals is a great way to save money and our kitchen is always clean and fully equipped.
Have you been thinking of visiting Costa Rica? NOW is the time to do it and the big surprise is that now, with our Low Season Low Prices, YOU CAN! For the months of October and November you can stay for only $20.00 per night. I can give you even lower rates weekly or for a month.
Business is slow and I need some company. Think about it. If you stay for 2 weeks I'll give you a rate of $15.00 per night. Stay for a month for $10.00 per night. Cook your own food for about $10.00 per day and that puts your costs for two weeks at $350.00. All you need more is airfare. Contact me if you're interested and I'll help you get it all figured out.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It's pouring rain, as if the clouds had been holding back as long as possible and then - gush!
This tiny little frog is only about 3/4 inch long. He lives on the second floor porch at Hidden Jungle Beach House. All of us here are enjoying the fresh clean air of the rainstorm.
The rain stopped in the afternoon and the sun came out again!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
We are still in the midst of beautiful weather. It has been a bit hot and sticky so when the skiff of clouds come in there is mild relief. Lots of humidity has created heat lightening which puts on an awesome show each night.