The only thing I really wanted to do during our week in Costa Rica was witness a sunset. Those who know me know how much I love sunsets, and after visiting the Caribbean side of Mexico numerous times where sunset sightings are rare, I was looking forward to being treated by nature to one fabulous sunset over the Pacific ocean.
We had rented a house from Hawk (as his friends call him), who was nice enough to take us up to the best place to see a sunset in Samara one night. Located in the Cantarrana area of Samara, the path we joined ran to the right of El Pequeno Gecko Verde, a lovely little resort located in the jungle. At one point along the path it split in two, with the left pathway eventually leading to concrete steps that descended to a little beach cove. After we had taken that path we made our way back and took the other path. We continued walking uphill along that path, passing a family of howler monkeys in the trees as we climbed higher and higher. I was clearly out of breath as we continued to climb and Hawk asked me if I was a smoker (how embarrassing since I’m not a smoker. I’ve since stared walking up and down numerous stairs with my sister every week!). We finally reached the lookout point and beheld a perfect view of Buenas Vista beach, and the sun beginning to set in the distance.
It’s not always easy to provide exact directions in Costa Rica (at least this particular area) for those of us who depend on street signs and addresses to help us find our way. Many places don’t have addresses and it’s even challenging to find a posted street sign on many of the roads. However, if you are in the Samara area and are able to locate El Pequeno Gecko Verde, you should be able to find this perfect lookout. And the sunset you will see will be worth the treasure hunt …and the climb.