Costa Rica, 7 Days, 2-up on a DR 650

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  1. scfrank

    scfrank Joe the Rider.

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    Great report. Sorry to be nosey, but about how much did this cost?


    PM if you want.


    Thanks
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  2. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Not nosey at all....It cost roughly $2000 including airfare.

    Airfare from NH- 575 (We had air miles for one, so X 2 if you have to pay)
    9 hotel nights- 550
    motorcycle 7 days- 550
    Miscellaneous food, gas and tourist stuff-500 (prolly not really that much) Breakfasts are included, so we usually ate lunch late as a sort of early dinnner. But food is pretty cheap generally, and we didn't do a lot of touristy stuff, just riding. But even the touristy stuff isn't too bad.
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  3. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Our point in going out to the Nicoyan Peninsula was to go to Montezuma. Seems like its a bit more remote and away from the mainland proper, thought it might be interesting... I dunno, we'll see when we get there...it's all good.
    The road from Paquera goes through a few little towns, Curu, Pochote, and Tambor. They all seemed pretty similiar to any of the towns we have already passed through before. The road was tarred and decent all the way till about 5 miles outside of Montezuma where it turns to dirt. Really potholed, and rutted but kind of fun with the bike. It then descends sharply down to the ocean where the tiny town of Montezuma is.


    Montezuma main street


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    So we walk out to the beach to get a feel for that


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    So we start looking for a place to stay....Carlas looking at the sign on the left....I'm looking on the right. Hmmmm... $265 on the left, $10 on the right.


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    Just about that point I hear this womans British accent...she's saying, I just started a new hotel, and am offering a deal. It has clean rooms, hot shower and only $40 US. And I'll take you on the secret path to the upper tier of the waterfall. Well Ok, it's settled.


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    So Carla hops into her car and I follow on the bike. It was kinda fun riding 1-up. We end up going back up the hill to this place.


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    Oh yeah, we got to do some laundry too.


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    So we head to the waterfall and park here: Future reference for anyone coming later...there is a road just above this parking place...walk out that road and it eventually turns into a trail that brings you down to the third tier of the waterfall.



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    A thought to leave you with tonite



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  4. NewHampWoodsRider

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    Nice report!

    My father has a house in Costa Rica, I must make a trip!!

    Looking forward to more photos!
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  5. GallopinTICO

    GallopinTICO Been here awhile

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    Last time i was i Montezuma was 9 years ago, this picture brings back good memories:evil :freaky :freaky :freaky :freaky :freaky on the little bar on the left the blue one :D [​IMG]
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  6. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    This little town definitely has it going on for wayward hippie chicks, rasta's and surf bums. They look up to me like a father figure...:rofl
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  7. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    So, Sarah...the girl from the hotel takes us to the waterfall. It's a pretty good hike down to it. We cross over a zipline platform on the way and a twisty footpath on down into a valley to the falls. It's a three tiered thing, and we're on the top tier. There's about a dozen 20 somethings at the top of the second tier that have been climbing up to the top tier and jumping off into the pool below...maybe 15 feet. They egg us on... I came in motorcycle garb, but I brought my shorts. So I discreetly change into my shorts, watch someone jump first, so I know where to land. (the water is muddy, so you can't see if there are any rocks) and jump off, much to the glee of the kids below. Carla and Sara jump too. There's also a rope swing which we all try out too. Very fun. Now, these kids start jumping off the second tier...which is about twice the distance of the upper tier...nope...not for me. Especially since I can't see the pool below. I described all this, because I don't have any pics..except for the one above. (She's just about to jump) The camera was at the top of the first tier, and the only way down was off the cliff and across the pool. So you'll just have to go there yourself, if you want to see it...

    Sara left ahead of us because she had an appointment, and after a little while we walked out, just as daylight is starting to fade a bit.

    We stopped in town and had a couple of beverages and a bowl of pineapple before heading back to the hacienda.


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    So off we went, did our laundry and spread it all out around the room to try to get it dried for tomorrow.

    We got up early and went into town for breakfast. The town wakes up pretty slowly because I think it stays up real late. We got a spot right off the street to watch the people...they started to trickle by.


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    We sat around for quite awhile... chatting with the guy sitting next to us who was from Holland, and had moved here 10 years ago. He bought a house and was slowly renovating it for rentals. We talked about the obstacles he faced not being a citizen and wanting to be in business here. We walked around town a bit more after breakfast.



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    This guy was a happy guy and yakked all about how he and his wife had moved here from Manuel Antonio down the coast and what a beautiful place that was, etc, etc,....Lucky for us, we were headed that way.


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    So we went back on up to the cabin... packed our barely dried stuff up and headed back to the ferry about 40 km.

    We got to the ferry about 20 minutes too late, already gone...guess we lolligagged too long at the restaruant. Soooo, there's another ferry up peninsula in Playa Naranjo about another 40km which we can catch if we hurry. Great....new territory to explore.


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    We stop outside Paquera for a coke...its hot!


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    We continue on and it's a pretty pleasant ride through the countryside...no particular sights just pleasant and the road turns to dirt but real good dirt. No cars or trucks at all along the way...just a couple of motorcyclists and iguana's


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    We arrive at the ferry just in time to get tickets and load


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    I watch this loaded cattle truck load...back off...then load again. It just barely fit on the boat. It also has two very pissed off bulls in it as well.


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    This guy hops up onto the top and starts walking back and forth...every time this particular bull sees the guy it goes crazy and starts snorting and bucking...making the whole truck rock back and forth. I was just picturing the parking brake letting go and the whole truck sliding off the back of the boat.


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    Then they jack the truck up and do a tire change on the deck. :eek1



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    The tire they put on was completely bald.

    This was a much smaller boat and really didn't seem to have any tourists on it except for us. It was a much more pleasant ride than the way over.


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  8. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    OK....so we arrive back in Puntarenas and skeedaddle our way outa there towards Jaco. Highway riding here we come. I remember reading that you could see crocodiles off some bridge along the way. We soon came upon a bunch of people peering off a bridge so we crossed it, pulled over and walked up for a look see.


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    Note to self....DO NOT TIP THE CANOE OVER IN COSTA RICA


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    OK enough of that

    We continued on to Jaco....

    It was just starting to get late in the day, and I was beginning to get anxious about cover for the night.

    We pull in...it looks ok, just a mini version of our Myrtle Beach. Not exactly what I came to Costa Rica for, but it'll have to do for tonite. It did.


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    We really didn't spend much time in town...we found a hotel on the beach and hung out there.


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    This was on the roof, at the top of that spiral staircase. A couple of Negra Modelo's.....A fine Cuban....it was ok.



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    The room...(sorry its so blurry) Too many Modelo's I guess.


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  9. EvilClown

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    Coming along nicely, Dave!:clap

    Curious, what's a realistic distance to plan for a day if doing this type of ride 2-up on a DR? Seems like you two took the time to take in the area a little bit rather than just push the miles.



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  10. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Thank you very much for posting this-- I went to a semester of college at UCR in 1987, and this brings back back a lot of long-neglected memories.

    Coffee, Gallopinto, Imperial-- powerful stuff.

    Thanks again.
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  11. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    We did a total of just under 600 miles in seven days. Of course it depends on the road surface, as you know. The longest day was about 130 and the shortest was prolly around 50 or so. The butt screams for a break more often as the day ticks away. Its kinda like riding that Ural with one foot in the side car and the other on the passenger left peg...jus kiddin
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  12. XDragRacer

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    Thanks for the EXCELLENT ride report, whizzerwheel!

    Your text and images kindle memories of a similar itinerary (San Jose to Volcan Arenal (what? you guys didn't ZIP-LINE?); Liberia to the coast; down to Tambor and ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya and return to San Jose); but on an ATV (street-legal there, as I'm sure you discovered!).

    Pictures of pico de gallo on your plate whet my appetite!

    Glad Costa Rica and its people remain as delightful as I remember them.
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  13. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Thanks for the comments and compliments.

    We really didn't have/take the time to zipline even though it was tempting. I know its not the same, but we can do that at home.
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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Here's the recipe in case you can't stand it:


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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Our plan is to head out of Jaco and go down the coast to the town of Quepos. then just a little further to Playa Manuel Antonio where there is a National Park we were told by many people not to miss. Not only is the park beautiful but the beaches are too. Unfortunately, the park is closed on Monday, and it's Monday. So if we get down there and make a reservation to go into the park early Tuesday morning, we can then make the run back to San Jose by Tuesday evening, when the bike needs to be returned.

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    We arrive in Quepos and stop and get cash at the atm.


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    We continue on to Manuel Antonio, find a hotel on the beach and go here:


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    The next morning we went into the park as planned... and I'll spare you the pics except for a couple:


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  16. Nailhead

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    I almost drowned here in 1984 (upper photo)

    I fell ass-over-tincups in love-- platonically-- after a moonlight swim just beyond those rocks at the left center a few days later. (lower)

    Keep 'em coming-- you're fueling a realization that it's time I got back there.
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  17. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    We were done with our tour of the park and on the road for San Jose by noon. It was an uneventful four hour ride back to the city, but surprisingly nice. San Jose is in the mountains, and you have to gain quite a bit of elevation before you arrive. I was expecting highway the entire way but the last 30 miles or so was a really fun twisty secondary road full of mountain twistys. The only down side was a bit of traffic, but in Costa Rica, bikes rule...and you just pass them wherever and whenever you want. It's expected.
    The section from the airport to the city proper didn't let me down and was just as I remembered it...holy shit...but we made it back to Paseo Colon in central downtown and returned Thorstens bike to him just as promised at 4:00 p.m. with zero mishaps.


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    We spent the evening roaming around San Jose. There is a huge market place unlike anything I have seen in the states or elsewhere where you can buy anything....literally.

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    I just love them authentic Katerpilar boots


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    Hope you enjoyed....we did.




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    Buenos Notches....
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  18. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Thank you for the RR & the pix; I never thought of seeing CR by bike, but now I'm thinking of it quite seriously.

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  19. coug66

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    Awesome report!

    Brought back many fond memories. I thoroughly enjoyed your report. :D

    The food, beaches, and wild life, its all beautiful!


    What was going on below? I never saw a gathering like this? Was it a Saturday night street party? Was it on the pedestrian thoroughfare in downtown San Jose?

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    :clap :clap :clap

    Can't believe you're already done. Time sure does fly when you're on vacation, don't it?

    Great RR, Dave! Thanks for taking the time!

    Where are you off to next?:evil

    PS - Thanks again for the coffee!:thumb
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