|Posted by james caudill on March 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM|
This is a small house built in 2008 with all the modern conviences found in the United States without any distractions. The house is located in Junquillal, Costa Rica about a 1/4 mile walk from the Pacific Ocean. The town of Junquillal is located about 45 minutes south of Tamarindo - where you can buy anything and everything you could possibly want. Tamarindo is known as a party town - so if you want to get drunk and party every night please find accomodations there. Junquillal is different from Tamarindo in every way. If you want to relax, have the beaches to yourself, enjoy the natural environment and experience the true Pura Vida life style then you will love Junquillal.
The house is easy to find and the main road to Junquillal is one of the best in the country. The last mile is a dirt road but is well maintained. The best airport to fly into is Liberia - the flight is more expensive than if you fly into San Jose but the convenience is well worth it and everyone there will speak some english. It will take about 1.5 hours to get to the house from the Liberia airport or 4 hours from San Jose. The roads are well marked and you can find driving directions on the Links Page.
Once you get to the house you will want to unload the car and head to the beach. The beach is a short 1/4 mile walk down a hibiscus lined trial. You will see lots of tropical birds, butterflies and flowers on the way. You will also walk past the local school before coming out to the beach in a stand of coconut trees. There is usually a long pole if you want to try to knock down a coconut to eat and drink later. There is a lava finger to the north and open beach to the south. If the tide is low you can find lots of shells and sea life in the tide pools at the lava finger. See the beach and tide pool life page for pictures. If the tide is high you may want to try surfing. There is a good high tide surf break just to the south that is seldom croweded. See the surfing page for pictures of local surf breaks.
Once you finish at the beach and get a refreshing shower at the house you will probably want to go to Iguanazul for sunset and a drink. www.iguanazul.com You can drive to the Iguanazul by turning left out of the house. If it is low tide you can walk on the beach but be careful - after dark the rocks can be dangerous to walk on especially if the tide comes in. The sun sets just after 6 o'clock year round. The iguanzul is known for the best place to watch the sunset and for its happy hour. I don't drink much so I always get a Mixed Fruit Smoothie known as a batido. The food here is great but a little expensive by local standards. I always get the homemade tortilla chips with homemade salsa and guacmole. However, they serve everything from Filet Mignon to pasta and fish.
After dinner I recomend heading back to the house to see the gecko's on the porch and the bats flying trough the street lights in front of the house. Don't worry if the bats fly thru the porch - they do not bite and will not bother you. You will find a small radio which I usually set up on the porch. You will want to bring some bug spray in your checked luggage as insects come out after dark. There is no TV in the house so bring some movies and a laptop if you insist on watching something. I prefer to watch the wildlife and go to bed early so I can get an early start on the next day.
The best way to start the day is with a walk to the beach to work up an appitite before breakfast. The sun rises around 6 o'clock year round. The morning is the best time to see the birds and howler monkies. You will probably hear them howling in the morning but they are not very big and can be difficult to spot. The temperature is much cooler in the morning whcih makes is a great time to walk on the beach.
The best place to eat breakfast is just down the road at the Guacamaya. www.guacamayalodge.com They make thier own bread, maramalade, hot chocolate and serve fresh squeezed juice. They have an oceanview during the dry season and are very friendly. They have a good bar and sell some nice wines and cuban cigars. Gabrielle is the bartender and manages the house. He speaks good english and will help you with anything you need.
After breakfast there are a number of things to do close by. You can see some information about most activities at www.hoteliguanazul.com/junquillal-surf/index.htm I spend most of my time at the beach or hanging out on the porch just relaxing and reading. If you are more adventurous you can go horseback riding, take a quad tour, take a canopy tour, go snorkeling, explore the tide pools, surf, fish, mountain bike or visit other beaches near by. My favorite beach close by is Avellanas. They have a nice open beach with a good restaurant but it does get busy there. You can find more information on these activities at the local hotels or on the links page for their websites.