From our hotel in San Jose we left for Manuel Antonio the following morning via shuttle. The shuttle arrived precisely on Tico time – 30 mins late. This is something Ramona is well versed in in her travels throughout Latin America. The slower pace and reduced importance of strict punctuality is also certainly common in many other cultures/regions across the world. As we arrived in Manuel Antonio, we ate lunch overlooking the ocean while we waited for our Airbnb to be ready. When it was time to check-in, we were quite pleased. Our first lodging on this adventure was a simple little place with a deck overlooking the ocean, where we could take in some sunsets, and be awoken each morning by the sun flooding in through the main window. There were also enough amenities to start cooking Tico-style, and enough room to spread out and get some work done. !Que excelente!
While we used our first week in Manuel Antonio to relax somewhat and become reacquainted with the country, we had more work to do. We had booked accommodations for the first couple of weeks, but what after that? Ramona and I decided that we really enjoyed Manuel Antonio, and wanted to come back for a more extended stay as part of our time in Costa Rica. We set out to scour classifieds and online listings for longer term rental options, and were overwhelmed by the sheer number of places that were available. Definitely a result of the low season. A stroke of creativity from Ramona solved the problem for us. Landlords and rental managers are struggling to fill their apartments, condos, and Airbnbs for even short amounts of time: why not try to cut a deal for a reduced rate, in exchange for staying long term? They fill their property instead of leaving it empty through most of the low season, and we stay cheap. After sending out some messages, working through some offers, and checking out some options in person, we landed on an Airbnb a hop, skip, and a jump away from our current accommodations, owned by the same person, at a very nice price. It has more space, some Costa Rican house plants, and a nice porch overlooking the ocean. Also, it’s above a restaurant/bar, so that could be interesting. But more on that in a few weeks.