Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip to Thailand due to political unrest. However, we were able to put together a last-minute trip to Costa Rica. Now, I’m not usually a big fan of all-inclusive Hotels, but it’s been really cold here this winter and we NEEDED to get away. So, off we went to Costa Rica. We did enjoy ourselves at the all-inclusive, but after a couple of days I wanted some culture. We found out that there was a small beach/fishing town just a short 10 minute walk down the beach from the Westin Playa Conchal. That was when we loaded up the backpack and went exploring. What we found was a gem of small beach town. It was called Brasilito or “Little Brasil”. As we walked in to town, there was a small hotel right on the beach aptly named Hotel Brasilito. It felt like real Costa Rica, exactly what we were looking for. They had an open air restaurant with chairs spilling out right onto the sand. We were confident that we’d be able to get some real “Tico” food at this place. We were in dire need of some local food as were sick of eating wood-fired pizzas at the Westin.
We both opted for the fresh catch of the day (how could you not when you are at the beach). The prices were in Costa Rican money, Colones, but after a 500 to 1 exchange rate (they accepted US dollars) the meal only cost $8. How in the world can you beat that. The fresh Mahi Mahi came complete with salad, black beans, and rice. I washed mine down with a local beer, Cerveza Imperial, and Geri had a glass of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. It was a great meal at a great location. I would highly recommend this place if traveling in this area. Afterwards we continued walking down the beach about a mile out-of-town, and we were the only people on the beach. We posted up under a shade tree with a towel and enjoyed total seclusion with an absolute perfect view. All in all, a pretty perfect afternoon.
If traveling to Costa Rica, I’d recommend the Frommer’s Costa Rica Travel Guide (Frommer’s Color Complete). It was an immense help to us and has a lot of helpful insight to traveling Costa Rica. If not for this book, we would have had no clue on what to do or where to go.
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