And then suddenly we're at the beach. Actually, not SO suddenly. The drive from La Fortuna to our Pacific Coast destination took around 4 and a half hours, largely because Garmin was confused and thought we could hit the speedy new highway here "turn right, onto highway"
and so we ended up driving the slow and harrowing but spectacular old road to the beach.
But then we arrived at the magical Xandari Pacific Resort and immediately relaxed. Here's a couple things spotted while eating lunch:
Bare-throated Tiger Heron (immature)
Friendly young iguana that came within a few feet of our table (it was eating leaves from decorative plants)
The chief pleasures of the beach here can be summed up as:
Magnificent frigate birds soaring overhead
A multitude of beach crabs scuttling around
Endless streams of brown pelicans flying up and down the coast
Here's a video version of the above. I've deliberately kept the pelican scenes long to let you see the undulating patterns formed by pelican flocks.