"Pure life", or "Enjoy the good life", either definition explains the local phrase. It works as either a greeting, or a parting phrase, and can be sprinkled liberally around your conversations, much as Uff da, works in Minnesota. It must be accompanied with a smile, which isn't difficult since you're wishing such good fortune on people when you say it.
Riu Guanacaste in Costa Rica offers a wonderful experience, starting from the minute you enter their open air lobby and register for your stay. The resort is beautiful, decorated with fascinating local arts. This is a driftwood planter, and the greenery grows from small burlap sacks tucked into nooks and crannies.
|Ocean view standard room|
|Angie was one of our favorites!|
|Roxana Herrera Aroya with my wife.|
We were particularly fond of the main buffet which provided fresh fruit, and a wide variety of delicious local dishes. The cheese bar called me, while my wife enjoyed the fresh fruit more. Our granddaughter explored the ever changing dessert table after every dinner. If you're lucky, you'll be placed in Roxana Herrera Aroya's area, and be served by a pleasant young man named Christian.
|My granddaughter and me|
Let's face it, it's fun to dress up, and from five o'clock on through the night you'll find almost everyone has donned their long shopped for, and finally found, resort wear. The unmarried and looking crowd show off their finery by walking along the main path down to the beach, hanging out at the open air bar, or by crossing the street to attend the casino or discotheque (opens at 11p.m.)
|Kid time on the main stage|
|Performing Rolling in the Deep|
|Go, Greased Lightning, go!|
|Snorkling, a first!|
If you take the tours (for which you pay extra) you might find yourself zip-lining, or soaking in volcanic mud baths, or traveling up and down the river in search of wild animals. A wealth of opportunities are available. I, at the age of 57 and being significantly overweight, enjoyed my very first snorkling experience. Paddle a canoe, or ride a ski-do. Ride a horse along the beach, and listen to the Howler monkeys in the trees.
And the animals! Oh the animals of Costa Rica are magnifico. Tomorrow I'll be sharing photos of some I was lucky enough to capture on film. Pura Vida, until then.