Friday, 30 November 2012

Good Bye Samara Beach

We leave this morning.. and say good bye to Playa Samara and the beach house that has been our home for the last month.  Over the last few days, we've been going back to the restaurants we like, soaking up the beach atmosphere as much as possible, enjoying the "wave pool" as Liam calls it, and packed in the tours that we had said we'd do a month ago when we first got here. We had another visit from some of the local howler monkeys in the tree behind the house and Eric had an encounter with a scorpion (it was hiding behind the door in the bathroom). The abundance of animal/critter life around here has been incredible (including dogs.. to live in Samara there seems to be a requirement to own at least two.. if not more)!  

Magpie Jay

La Vela Latina Restaurant

We did manage to go on the dolphin boat trip in the end... but only after another delay.   The day we missed the boat we made arrangements for the following day.   So we got ourselves ready again, a repeat from the morning before and walked into town to the tour office were we were met shortly after by the agent to inform us that it was too windy to go out that day!  So... we had to wait a few days before the wind settled and started to wondered if something else was going to get in the way... but the trip eventually went ahead.   We ended up having the boat to ourselves and saw dolphins (spotted) as soon as we got to the mouth of the bay.   They were amazing to watch but equally elusive to catch on camera... so we don't have many good shots to share.  Then we motored down the coast to Playa Camaronal (were we saw the turtle laying her eggs a few weeks back) to see if we could find sea turtles swimming off shore.   We were in luck and it was another incredible sight... I joked with "el Capitan" that they should call it the turtle boat ride instead of dolphin trip (in my limited spanish, so I don't think he understood or maybe he did but just didn't think it was very witty).  We saw several Olive Ridley turtles floating on the surface and as our boat approached each one they would linger for a moment or two and then dive deep below the surface.  We were also lucky to spot a Green Sea Turtle which is a larger and less common spices.  In total Liam counted 8 sea turtles floating around off shore probably waiting for dusk so they could make the long strenuous journey ashore to lay their eggs that night... very exciting!  Then we followed that up with a stop at Chora Island for a bit of snorkeling.  It was the first time for the boys and they had no problem just jumping in the water from the boat and were eager to see what was under the sea!  We were so proud of them as we thought it might be a bit scary for them... just jumping into the deep end so to speak.   It was a bit silty but we still saw Angle fish, a Parrot fish, some small pretty blue fish, a brilliant periwinkle blue star fish and overall it was just fun exploring the reef and snorkelling with the boys for their first time out.  

Getting ready to leave Carrillo Bay.. on the "skiff"

you can sort of see the spotted dolphin just under the surface

Olive Ridley Turtle

Sean eager to get started

Yesterday I waved down Martin, the horse guy that we see daily with his horses on the beach and asked if we could do a tour today.. perfecto.. an hour later we were ready to go! It was fun.. we road along the beach, then up to a look out point, then down to another beach (Buena Vista) and then back along Samara Beach.. door to door service! I'm so glad we did it.. we had been sort of uncommitted about doing the horseback ride trip and now that we did it.. I'm so glad we didn't miss it. 

River Crossing at low tide.. otherwise not passable.

Buena Vista Beach

Eric had a more spirited horse...

On the other side of the beach..
over the hill is Playa Guiones where Mel Gibson has a home

it's not a fruit...but can't remember what they call it - they make gourds out of them.

Buena Vista Beach has a turtle refugio..
where they keep the turtle eggs safe until they hatch.
my horse was generally unhappy the whole trip..
while I was generally quite smiley!

When we got here a month ago, I had lots of visions of how this time  would roll out here,  some happened and some didn't.. and that's okay..... . I'm learning that though its's fun to think ahead and imagine what can be.. it's best to just not expect too much and just let what happens, happen.
"lo que hay".. "it is what it is". 

 The weather seems to have changed.. yesterday was overcast.. perfect for the horse ride but this morning it looks down right dark and feels like the premonitions of a storm coming. feels like the time to go. We pick up our car in an hour and hit the road to Curu Wildlife Refuge.


  1. Great pics!
    Looks like alot of fun.

    Caroline and Family

  2. Samara Beach was an amazing place to visit...highly recommend it!