After a few days of rain, the sun is such a welcome sight. Fortunately, the temperatures stays high and so it is no real hardship. Black Beach, Cahuita (see photo above) took a pounding but this was a real bonus for surfers, who've been hanging ten throughout the high waves.
We woke to pouring rain this morning and by midday, our guests were poolside on the loungechairs or in the pool. It's incredible how quickly the weather can change here. All we need now is for the big waves to pull the debris back into the ocean and take it away!
Here's 8 of our favorite rainy day in Cahuita things to do:
1. swing in the hammock with a good book
2. swim -- you're wet anyway right?
3. get out and animal spot. Once the rain eases off, the wildlife is way more active than on sunny, snoozy days and the National Park trails are empty
4. have a long and tasty breakfast of pinto or pancakes washed down by Costa Rican coffee at Bridgette's on Black Beach
5. watch the surfers at the park entrance from the National Park Hotel with a cocktail in hand and reggae music in the background
6. sleep until the rain stops
7. birdwatch from the sundecks
8. treat yourself to a relaxing massage with the raindrops adding to your calm
What are your favorite things to do on a rainy day on the Caribbean Coast?
If you eat nothing else local in your Cahuita visit, make sure to try a patty. These spicy meat turnovers are simply delicious and very filling. They're a cheap and easy way to have instant picnic food for your trip into the National Park too.
Are you vegetarian? Then try a patty filled with sweetened plantain or pineapple instead.
The patty stand is open at the weekend on the lefthand turn before the National Park Hotel on the way to the park entrance. Listen out for the distinctive bell on Tuesdays and Thursdays to buy your patty from Einer on his bicycle patty delivery service through the town center.
Why not make your own patty at home too with this great recipe from food.com?
Costa Rican Pati (Beef Turnover)By Chef Jean on May 11, 2011
IngredientsFor the doughFor the filling
Page 2 of 2Costa Rican Pati (Beef Turnover) (cont.)Directions
Servings Per Recipe: 6
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The last few weeks have seen the beginning of mango season and the return of the large troop of howler monkeys that love to gorge themselves on ripe mangos! The sundecks upstairs have provided several groups of guests with ideal seating to watch the daily afternoon performance as the family members cross from tree to tree with acrobatic tricks to swing from branch to branch to get to their nightly resting place.
While you don't want to be standing under the mango tree as they pass overhead and throw down the half-eaten mangos; they are a real pleasure to watch and we're thrilled whenever they visit. See them resting, stretched out along branches in the sun's heat and hear their loud howls at dawn and dusk.