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Surfing and Cycling

We took it easy Sunday, walking the mile or so along Playa Negra’s black sand beaches to get to Puerto Viejo.

Since we’d taken our sweet time that morning we were losing daylight, so we taxi-ed back to the Airbnb for more cash, rented bicycles from a nearby hotel to get back into town quickly, and rented surfboards from a guy on the beach.

Jon had never surfed before but was pretty good at it! He stood up several times and took the waves all the way in. Our surf session lasted an hour, just before sunset. The sky turned grey and the beach became monochromatic, a striking view. It took me a second to realize this was because I’m so used to seeing the sunset over the ocean back home on the Pacific coast.

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The spot where we surfed, though we’re not in the picture
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Tourists of all skill/ages, and this photo is from a Tuesday! One lady looked like she had to be at least 60. I think the board I rented was the one in the middle of the lineup on the bottom right.

I can’t say that I’m a regular cyclist NOR surfer, so standing up/riding a few waves in and getting to town and back in one piece on the bicycle were successes!

On the way back from town, in the near total darkness, I hit a rock and landed in some tall grassy type plants. Thankfully they were leafy and thornless, a much better cushion than any of the many barbed wire fences I noticed the next day. Nearly everyone has a fence made up of wooden sticks with a series of barbed wires strung through and around them.

Left: Bushes I fell in are on the left (opposed to the barbed wire fence on the right). Right: the condition of the local roads
Left: Bushes I fell in are on the left (opposed to the barbed wire fence on the right). Right: the condition of the local roads

Surfboards and bicycles sound like SoCal, but with the warm ocean, tropical humidity, and rocky roads I know I’m nowhere near home.

3 Comments

  1. Eve Eve

    Ot looks beautiful
    Glad you are fine, broken bones or hurt.
    Just be mindful of time next time around; however, sounds like lots of fun

  2. Eve Eve

    No broken bones or hurt

    • Nope! Thankfully nothing broke, just a bruise (which I actually think was from the surfboard, hehe) =)

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