Punto Banco, Costa Rica
03.03.2011 - 06.03.2011 28 °C
Ok, so we want to start this blog entry with a message: THANKS ESTHER for recommending the Rancho Burica to us, we had an amazing time there!
After our three day hike in Corcovado we were tired (but happy), and intensly in need of some chill time on the beach. So we went to one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, the Golfo Dulce, and not only that but also the very far tip of the peninsula...literally the end of the road.
From Puerto Jimenez, where we had stranded again after the hike, we took an early boat across the gulf to Golfito. We were so tired and not happy we had to get up at 6 am again, but then we saw dolphins swimming and jumping in the waves around our boat and yes, that definitely woke us up! :-)
After that we had to take the bus to Pavones, a three hour bumpy ride over tiny bridges (not more than a few planks actually) and dirt roads. The bus stopped in Pavones, but we were not there yet...another 6 km to go!
There were no taxis and basically everyone who offered to take us wanted too much money for the distance, so we decided to just start walking and then see if we could hitchhike. After 3km we took a break on the beach where we had a snack and enjoyed the view!
And just like that, the local schoolbus came by and the driver offered to take us all the way to the end of the road! So we hopped on the bus with all the local teenagers and in no time we arrived at the Rancho! Rancho Burica is a surf hostel owned by a group of 21 Dutch guys, they run it together and one of them is always there to take care of stuff and run the place.
And yes, we found ourselves a little paradise there! The hostel is situated on an amazing spot right on the beach, between palmtrees and huge blooming plants. You can hear the waves crashing in day and night, hear the sounds of the jungle and smell the salt in the air. We spoiled ourselves to the most expensive room, this amazing open space abovethe old boat house!
On our first day we had a downpouring tropical rainstorm for an hour, but after that it cleared up and the weather was perfect for the rest of our stay. Check the Ranco underwater!
We ended up staying 4 nights, basically hanging out, lying in the sun, reading a book, eating yummy food and drinking beer. On Sunday we even got real Dutch pancakes made by one of the owners of the Rancho, Otto, and oh boy we were so happy! :-)
We had so much fun swimming in the low tide pools and just enjoying the amazing location. Besides that, Malka treated herself to a massage and Pim took some surfing lessons...and we just enjoyed ourselves and were super lazy!
It was so hard to get going again, but yes, we had to get up real early to catch the only bus leaving at 5am bus to go to Panama....