During our last full day in Costa Rica, Clint and I ditched civilization as we knew it and headed for Tortuga Island. The day was paradise! We felt like castaways, Robinson Crusoe style . . . except of course that we had a catamaran, jet skies, banana boat, gourmet meals, live entertainment, and cute little out-houses. If you had to be ship wrecked on a deserted island, this is the way to do it. Our day started out with a gourmet Costa Rican breakfast (fried eggs, rice, beans, salsa, hand made tortillas, caramelized bananas, and tropical juice) overlooking the ocean in Puntarenas. Breakfast was so good! I probably would have grabbed another plate, but it was time to board our catamaran. We were one of the first to board and grabbed a prime seat at the very front on top of the net. It was perfect! From there it was an hour and a half ride to Tortuga Island. Bright blue skies, billowy clouds, 82 degrees, the day couldn’t have been more beautiful. The crew, all dressed in white, served fruit and drinks the whole way. We laid back, put our sunglasses on, and enjoyed having not. a. thing. to. do. It was pure bliss! Soon we saw Tortuga Island. As we approached, I kept looking for the Swiss Family Robinsons. I knew they had to be there somewhere.
We hopped off the catamaran and tried to strategically plan out what we were going to do for our next five hours in paradise. Off in the distance Clint spied some jet skies. Let’s do it! We each hopped on one, listened to a 30 second safety tour in broken English, and we were off. Complete freedom! It was glorious! We came back and played in the water for a little bit and hit the souvenir shop (I’m such a sucker for souvenirs). Then it was lunch time. Hello one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life! Seriously, and I know I keep saying this, but the food in Costa Rica – at least at the places we ate – was some of the best I’ve had anywhere! Under white billowy canopies with a live music playing, they served us a four course meal of ceviche, four salads, grilled tropical chicken with rice, and tropical cake for dessert. Simple, I know. But, the flavor was so good. The meal they served was even featured in Gourmet Magazine it was that good!
After lunch, we swam in the ocean some more and then hopped on the banana boat. I was a bit nervous because I knew there could be sharks swimming in the water below, but the driver wouldn’t go very fast would he?! Wrong!!! We took off, bouncing up and down, and soon the guy took a sharp turn and we all flew off! Ahhh!!!! I couldn’t get back on the banana boat quick enough. We rode around some more having a blast, luckily no sharp turns this time, and eventually headed back to shore. Just before we got there, the driver of the boat shouted, “Bye!!!! See ya!!!” and swerved the boat. We all went flying!!! Then he sped away laughing. Nice . . .
We only had about an hour left, so we decided to go check out the horses. Exploring the island on horseback, this could be fun! My horse was really sweet. Clint’s horse refused to cooperate. He went every which way, but straight. The guide even had to give Clint a little whip. Whip that boy! Whip that boy! It was quite hilarious! Soon though we hopped off our horses, grabbed a few souvenirs, and went to stand in line for the catamaran. We were 10 minutes early – I’ve never been early in my life – but we had to get our prime spots at the front of the ship on the net. And we got ’em! We laid back zipping across the ocean and sipped on pina coladas, and ate unlimited amounts of pineapple and watermelon. This was the life! Just an hour and a half later we were back to reality . . . sort of . . . the good thing was that we were still on vacation.
We got back to the hotel early that evening with three adorable kiddos all clean and in their jammies. Okay, I must admit, I’d trade “paradise” for reality any day. We love them! We also loved having Don and Carla along, and love them too! We let Don and Carla sneak out for dinner and when they got back we snuck out. This time Clint and I ate at the Puesta del Sol. Clint and I had tortilla soup and fajitas. I’ve gotta say, these were some of the best fajitas and best tortilla soup I’ve ever had. I tell ya, if you want go food, go to Costa Rica.