Thanksgiving in Paradise

Thursday was our “lazy day.” Yes, we had been having such a stressful time we needed a day to relax! We spent most of the day lounging around the pool catching some rays, catching up on our reading, and catching some z’s. After an afternoon stroll down the beach and a snack at a great restaraunt on the sandy beach it was time for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s right, Thanksgiving dinner! Pasatiempo is owned by Americans who moved to Costa Rica and they have many American guests so they put on a Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, gravy…all the fixin’s! We stuffed ourselves silly in the customary American way and spent our last night in Tamarindo just as we had spent all the others…relaxing!

Sailing and snorkeling at sunset

Wednesday we took an awesome sailing trip on a 40 foot catamaran. We slept in and made our way down to the beach to browse the shops on the main drag before the trip. Then we got picked up bye a small motor boat on the beach and shuttled out to the catamaran anchored in the bay. The crew on the boat was great, we had all you can drink libations and a snacks. The crew turned us on to the “Costa Rica Special” a mix of Cacique Guara (costa rican rum) and fresca…great! We sailed around the point of the bay and dropped anchor to do some snorkeling. The crew went out with us and were great at finding cool fish, even helping us touch and hold the safe ones. After about an hour of snorkeling it was back to the boat for more drinks and snacks and the sunset. It was a little cloudy so the sunset wasn’t as spectacular as it was on Monday, but nothing could dull our spirits! After the trip it was dinner at Pasatiempo and more relaxing away the evening in the hammock!

Surfing and live music

We spent the whole day Tuesday on the beach surfing. We left the beach water logged and hungry and decided we needed some pizza for dinner. Yummy, thin crust italian style with some nachos for an appetizer! We then headed back to Pasatiempo, our little hotel. When we checked in they let us know there was going to be a band and a “pretty big party” on Tuesday night in the bar. Well they weren’t kidding! We grabbed a table down in front early and bye the time things were bumping the place was packed! It was like the whole town was there! A couple of bands played some good music and eventually our long day in the sun started to catch up with us. We made our way out of the bar, past the people crowded everywhere outside, and around the side to our room. The music was still bumping so we hung out on our room’s patio in the hammock and chairs listening until the band stopped at midnight. Then it was inside for some well deserved rest.