Gritty City Golfito

After several lovely stops throughout Costa Rica,

Drake's Bay, Costa Rica

Drake’s Bay, Costa Rica

Giant bamboo

Giant bamboo

seeing all types of creatures,

Crocodile swimming by our dinghy

Crocodile swimming by our dinghy

Squirrels with skunk stripes

Squirrels with skunk stripes

Howler monkeys all over the place

Howler monkeys

The Costa Rican Puma

The wild Costa Rican Puma

spending too much money (their currency is strikingly beautiful, which is a good thing because you are going to need a lot of it),

Costa Rican Colones currency

Costa Rican Colones currency

and with the rainy season starting in earnest,

Here comes the rain again

Here comes the rain again

rain gear for all crew members

rain gear for all crew members

we ready ourselves for our final stop in the country: the town of Golfito, which is not known for its, shall we say, hospitality.   Countless tales of crime from fellow cruisers and locals left us less than excited about going there, but it was necessary, as it is the last port where you can check out of the country.

First impression coming into the Golfo Dulce...looks promising

First impression coming into the Golfo Dulce…looks promising

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Fishermen use these black flags to mark long lines and nets.   The worst color ever to see against a dark sea.  How about a nice neon orange?

Fishermen use these black flags to mark long lines and nets. The worst color ever to see against a dark sea.  How about a nice neon orange?

This once thriving town has fallen on hard times since the departure of the United Fruit Company and now depends mainly on a duty-free zone and robbing cruisers (just kidding…I think).   Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t pick it over a trip to Maui, but for our fellow cruisers you’ll most likely have to be here and it was not as awful as we were led to expect.  The bay is well protected and even with the biblical rains we experienced it was always calm.   And clearing out of the country is easy and only costs $20.

 

Goflito town

Goflito town

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Freshly shaved Captain and his faithful first mutt

We moored at Land Sea where the owners, ex-cruisers Tim and Katie, and their many pups provided a safe haven and welcomed us, including Lucy.   Land Sea has a few moorings and a wonderfully funky cruiser’s lounge.  For our land-based friends, let me explain what cruisers want in life; good weather, cheap beer, clean laundry, easy land access and free reliable wi-fi.  And we got 4 out of 5 of those things at Land Sea.   The rain was by the buckets everyday.

Land Sea deck

Land Sea deck

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Honor bar at Land Sea

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My new buddy Vinny. Tim adopted Vinny from an Italian cargo ship where Vinny was a stow away.

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Cruisers leave their mark on the walls of Land Sea. Can you spot Neko?

Here comes another storm

Here comes another storm

Tim regaled us with wild stories from the many years he has lived in Golfito and recommended local restaurants and field trips to fill up the week we were there.

This salty gal celebrated her 46th birthday.

This salty gal celebrated her 46th birthday.

One of our best field trips was to Casa Orquideas, only 5nm but a whole world away from Golfito. These are meticulously maintained gardens owned by an American couple, Ron and Trudy, who have lived here for almost 40 years.  DSCN2990

Trudy, coconut opening expert

Trudy, coconut opening expert

Trudy is the sweet woman who gave us a botanical education, taught us how to open a coconut, and sent us off with many of her home grown fruits and herbs.

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miniature pineapple

miniature pineapple

Shampoo ginger

Shampoo ginger . When you squeeze it a sweet smelling liquid comes out that you can use for shampoo.

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Lucy enjoying some lemon grass

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Water lilies

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Wild macaws.  Wish the photo showed their brilliant colors

Wild macaws. Wish the photo showed their brilliant colors

We were just going to go over to this bay for the afternoon, but ended up staying 2 days.  It was a delightfully tranquil spot perfect for kayaking, swimming and dreaming of our next stop – Panama.

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Nappin’ Captain

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Gritty City Golfito

  1. Happy Belated Birthday Mary! Clean shaven Peter! Lookin’ good. I’m so glad you are ‘paving’ the way for us down the Pacific side of the Central American coast. Miss you much.

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