Travel Photo Diary: Costa Rica (Dominical)

It's been a few weeks since my last photo reel. It was the holidays, Blue Osa closed for a week, and Alex came to visit - resulting in a few days of Costa Rican road tripping. 

From the Kitchen of Blue Osa! With the staff gone for a week, we all pitched in around the kitchen 

From the Kitchen of Blue Osa! With the staff gone for a week, we all pitched in around the kitchen 

Blue Osa's Christmas table setting, for great friends and loved ones. 

Blue Osa's Christmas table setting, for great friends and loved ones. 

Alex and I rented a car and headed out to explore Dominical, Monteverde, and everything in between.  It started off with Alamo over charging me and then bringing a standard vehicle when I asked for automatic. Oh well, we survived. 

Alex and I rented a car and headed out to explore Dominical, Monteverde, and everything in between.

 It started off with Alamo over charging me and then bringing a standard vehicle when I asked for automatic. Oh well, we survived. 

While driving out of Puerto Jimenez, we passed a peculiar field of what seemed like dead palms. We couldn't figure out if they rotted and were cut down or if it was a special type of palm. More research later...

While driving out of Puerto Jimenez, we passed a peculiar field of what seemed like dead palms. We couldn't figure out if they rotted and were cut down or if it was a special type of palm. More research later...

About three - four hours later we arrived in Dominical, Costa Rica, and headed straight for the nearest restaurant. 

About three - four hours later we arrived in Dominical, Costa Rica, and headed straight for the nearest restaurant. 

The first thing we noticed was the ICE. It is such a rare find in Costa Rica because of the heat, and living in an eco-resort at Blue Osa, we don't use it. 

The first thing we noticed was the ICE. It is such a rare find in Costa Rica because of the heat, and living in an eco-resort at Blue Osa, we don't use it. 

Second stop: the beach. The tide was extra low and it was easy to make new friends. We stayed there until the sunset, trying to (dread)lock my curly-turned-afro hair. 

Second stop: the beach. The tide was extra low and it was easy to make new friends. We stayed there until the sunset, trying to (dread)lock my curly-turned-afro hair. 

Dreaded hair didn't work. But the water was still perfect. 

Dreaded hair didn't work. But the water was still perfect. 

Watching surfers race out at sunset is one of my favorite past times.

Watching surfers race out at sunset is one of my favorite past times.

Dominical often features a large outdoor market selling vibrant dresses, sarongs, and artisan works.

Dominical often features a large outdoor market selling vibrant dresses, sarongs, and artisan works.

The Surf Shak is one of many bar/restaurants, along with hostels down Playa Dominical's long road.

The Surf Shak is one of many bar/restaurants, along with hostels down Playa Dominical's long road.

A walk along that same road also led us to crocodile territory!

A walk along that same road also led us to crocodile territory!

For dinner that night, we decided to be extremely American and headed to Bar Jolly Roger: where apparently every American tourist goes. We were drooling in anticipation, waiting to try their highly acclaimed wings created in a plethora of flavors.

For dinner that night, we decided to be extremely American and headed to Bar Jolly Roger: where apparently every American tourist goes. We were drooling in anticipation, waiting to try their highly acclaimed wings created in a plethora of flavors.

After using our 4WD to struggle up the never-ending mountain under the night sky, we were greeted by at least 20 other cars and the sound of glee and gluttony. Soon enough, we were devouring wings and beer and licking our fingers. I had garlic Parmesan wings and Alex ordered spicy honey garlic.  I even bumped into an old high school friend who was staying in Uvita! Small world.

After using our 4WD to struggle up the never-ending mountain under the night sky, we were greeted by at least 20 other cars and the sound of glee and gluttony.

Soon enough, we were devouring wings and beer and licking our fingers. I had garlic Parmesan wings and Alex ordered spicy honey garlic.

 I even bumped into an old high school friend who was staying in Uvita! Small world.

We didn't stay in Dominical long. I was thirsty for adventure. A twitter follower and fellow travel blogger recommended I search for the Nauyaca Waterfalls: a Tico-owned land that featured 20 and 45 meter-high waterfalls (after a grueling hike, of course). Want to visit the waterfalls? Click here for detailed directions. 

We didn't stay in Dominical long. I was thirsty for adventure. A twitter follower and fellow travel blogger recommended I search for the Nauyaca Waterfalls: a Tico-owned land that featured 20 and 45 meter-high waterfalls (after a grueling hike, of course).

Want to visit the waterfalls? Click here for detailed directions. 

We made it and ate our lunch amongst a few locals and beautiful scenery!

We made it and ate our lunch amongst a few locals and beautiful scenery!

More reading on Costa Rica: 

  1. Directions on how to get to the Nauyaca Waterfalls and visit for $5!
    (NOW POSTED! Read Here>>)

  2. Road trip part 2: my Monteverde travel guide (NOW POSTED! Read here>>)

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