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Playa Hermosa, kinda’ a conceited name for a beach if you ask me.

Posted in Los Sueños! Costa nostra on March 6, 2011 by robdc

Todays task seemed easy enough, go to the beach. But like most things, we managed to turn a fairly simple process into a series of rather complicated meetups and separations, thankfully, ultimately resulting in our arrival at the beach. We started trying to get everyone fed but the splitting of the group into a main house and a condo has resulted in a serious lag in synchronization, as a result we left some of the guys behind. We took the initiative, headed to Jaco and rented some surf and boogie boards, then we headed to Playa Hermosa. This place had some seriously interesting quirks. First off the sand was black, I mean completely black, which had one serious drawback. It absorbed heat like that was it’s job! Jesus it was hot and when coupled with everyone’s general beatupness from two solid days of fishing this made us all look like zombies, everyone walked very slowly as to not have any of the super heated plasma sand touch any part of us. Second was the surf, I’ve never messed around in waves like these, and also because of these waves there happened to be a surfing competition going on about 200 yards from us. We were told there were some pros involved but, not knowing much about surfing myself, that information was lost on me. Apparently though the world surfing championship was held here 2 years ago so I’m assuming that’s a pretty decent set of credentials.

One thing I learned right away is that… I suck at surfing… but, I’m hell on a boggie board. Had some solid time out there in the surf then we watched the guys who knew what they were doing for a while.

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I know both of those pictures show a mostly empty beach but I assure you there was plenty going on later, these shots are from we got there early and this place isn’t exactly keen on getting up early.

Again my camera was not the one taking all the awesome shots so I’ll have to wait for the shots to get to me until I can properly document this place in pictograph.

One thing occurs to me that has been very different about this trip then most of my others, I haven’t been waxing idiotic about food the whole time. Well, there’s a simple reason for that… we’ve been grilling burgers, hot dogs and such on most nights…

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At Hermosa there was some interesting food to be had though. Johnnie and Aguacate had a White Marlin Ceviche, which I tried and thought was pretty damn good. And I had the Costa Rican take on arroz con pollo which was very much to my liking. All this was had at the backyard, the establishment hosting the surfing competition, for this reason we had to leave at 4pm because every seat in the house was reserved as every seat in the house has a very clear view of one of the best breaks on the beach.

All in all today was phenomenal, that beach is one for the books, and I’m more than happy to report that everyone here is a huge fan of ragging on people because my gut hurts from laughing so much.  Hopefully I get the pictures and videos soon so that I can update this with actually interesting shots.



The old man and the sea…

Posted in Los Sueños! Costa nostra on March 5, 2011 by robdc

Apparently we’ve accumulated so much data in video and audio that transfer to my machine is made impossible at the moment. As a consolation prize I asked Aguacate to send me 4 or 5 highlight pics to hold me over until he can burn some dvds after the trip. Here are some of those.



Aguacate, being the way he is, also included this progression of the “many faces of Rob” as he called it. Enjoy.

This is sleepy and tired me after not sleeping for over 40 hours on our arrival to the Rock&Roll: (this one was named “what the fuck happened last night” by Aguacate)


This is angry me fighting the good fight:


And this is a rare happy me holding on to my opponent:


It’s important to note that all these states of being existed just within a few hours of each other.

That’s it for now, gotta hold out for the motherload of pictures and movies coming soon. Tomorrow is the beach and maybe some surfing, should be a damn time.

Take it easy,


Sails all around!

Posted in Los Sueños! Costa nostra on March 5, 2011 by robdc

Apparently I neglected to go to sleep last night, as I got out of the pool some time in the morning people started waking up and informed me that we were going fishing. I got tossed in a room on the ship (the Rock & Roll) and when I awoke we were 2 sails deep already. I was 5th on the rotation so I had plenty of time to grab an Imperial or two till my turn was up. By the time I was up to bat we were 4 for 4 so I didn’t want to break the streak. My rinky-dink camera was thrown by the wayside for Aguacate’s DSLR which has most of the really good pictures and he hasn’t given them to me yet so I’ll post some of what I’ve got now and have a second post of just fishing pictures from his camera.

Los Sueños Costa Rica, Jesus Christ.

Posted in Los Sueños! Costa nostra on March 3, 2011 by robdc

Getting here was one hell of an ordeal. Work Tuesday then drive from Gainesville to Miami, have some drinks in anxious childlike preparation for what was to come. An hour or so rum soaked eye closed session then head to the airport for a 2 and a half hour flight to San Jose, Costa Rica. Once we arrived we were greeted by the fantastic news that the newly built highway that turned our 3 hour danger zone ride through mountainous hell into a nice super car vein experience had been shut down so we were being committed to the mountains. We stopped at a few places along the way, saw some alligators under a bridge that you were apparently previously able to throw live chickens at, which was a much more perilous experience then we had thought out when we got to the middle of the bridge. (hopefully pictures of that coming later if someone is kind enough to pass them on).

Then we reached our destination… Los Sueños… (The Dreams for those not Hispanically initiated). I. Am. Speechless. So, I won’t try to put anything into words, this is where we’re staying for the week.

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Anyone who Knows me knows that this place fulfills several dreams of mine. We’re just in the organizational stages of our first day here so there isn’t much to tell in the ways of events but tomorrow is our first of a couple of days of solid fishing so I’ll have plenty to tell after that. Costa Rica is very much not disappointing at this point, this place is beautiful. Just a closing thought, the view from the top floor of this place.
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