Now that Dan is “a kite surfer dude” we are going to head south to meet his sister and her family in Nosara.
The drive south was initially on the gravel road back to la Cruz and then for a few hours on the pavement. After leaving La Cruz there are several Policia stops about 5 km apart, where they record your passport number. It was uber hot at 37.5 degrees and kind of like riding your bike inside a sauna. We stopped for lunch and a cold drink in Liberia and ran into Blake from Ottawa whom we had met on the street in Antigua at the beginning of January. Small world! This kid riding his bike down the road was so excited he was waving his thumbs up at us.
At Santa Cruz you leave the pavement and drive the 68 km of dirt to Nosara on the pacific Coast. The dirt was a bit deep/fluffy in spots and there was one small river crossing. Nearer to town where there is more traffic there was some minor Ripio and some areas in the villages had a skim of cement on the dirt.
We rented a nice enough place in Nosara, but this is not a place we would recommend at all. This town is a dustbowl and all the local scooter riders were wearing gas masks. Luckily we had a pool to beat the 35-40-degree heat. Dan is cowering in the shade watching the mermaid/men swim. This place has another down fall it is in the middle of nowhere in a “town” that is very spread out. It does have a tuk tuk to drive to the beach or the markets. The nearest beach is 11 min with Dan’s expert driving on a dusty gravel road.