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Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. At least We have Paved Roads In Playa Hermosa!!!

Hello from Playa Hermosa Guanacaste,

It is just another beautiful day in paradise, it is the beginning of Semana Santa, Easter Holy Week and that is a whole other topic to write about.

I was reading some of the local online English newspapers this morning and came upon this article below. All I could do was shake my head and give thanks to the fact in the Playa Hermosa, Coco, Ocotal and Playa Panama areas, we have paved roads.

Pacific coast residents ready to set up blockade over road dust

As the dry season approaches its end, the roads have more dust and the smoke from the sugar cane fires lingers in the air and reddens the eyes and throats. Out in Tamarindo, the dust is about the last straw after the Municipalidad de Santa Cruz has promised for many years to put asphalt on the 28 de Abril road, according to residents.  That is why they are planning a blockade for 7 a.m. this Thursday. Email messages said that the residents are trying to apply pressure on municipal officials in Santa Cruz. The blockade will be at the Villareal intersection, a resident said. The protest will be multi-national, they added.  "The municipality of Santa Cruz has been promising for years to asphalt the road," said another resident. "Not only do they not asphalt it. But, the grading of the road is so sporadic, we constantly have to repair our vehicles, the dust is doing great damage to our cars, and the residence and homeowners along the road are constantly sick." This is not the only spot in Costa Rica where residents are irked by the dusty condition of the roads.

            I know exactly where this is just outside of Tamarindo on the way to Hacienda Pinilla and the ultra-fancy JW Marriott Hotel. I have driven this road many times and I can tell you first hand it is the pits, I think I rather have a fork stuck in my hand than endure the 6 miles of this road. The pot holes can be the size of the Grand Canyon and the dust is so bad that it reminds me of white out conditions of a New England Blizzard. People that actually live in Tamarindo will say” Oh it is not that bad” “It is only during the dry season”. Well Hello! That is 6 months long!!! You get that response especially if they have a business or if they are trying to sell you a condo or something because they depend on vacationers to keep cash rolling in. Well, have you ever been to down town Tamarindo? There is one paved road right thru the center of town along the beach, turn off the pavement and you have the same exact thing, dirt and dust. And when the rains start, then it all turns to a muddy mess. Anyone for Mud wrestling? You could make a fortune setting up a ring and charging admission, I know the crazy 20 something’s would go to it, especially if you are selling booze and those funny looking and smelling cigarettes.

Now please don’t get me totally wrong, Tamarindo has a lot of things going for it, if you want to surf, there is a surf shop it seems every 20 yards, or hang out and get drunk as there are a lot of good bars on the beach and restaurants in town. But really is that all you want to do? There is even a casino just across the only paved street from the beach. The town draws a lot of younger tourist that want to have fun in the sun and surf.  So if you don’t like hanging out with 20 something’s, don’t waste your time.

On the other hand, the area I live, Playa Hermosa has paved roads all the way from the airport, and 90% of all the roads are paved, yes we still have 3 streets in town that are dirt. But this was one of the last areas developed, so I am grateful for what we have.  When you head over to Playa del Coco, you will find that the main road and the beach road are nicely paved as well as in 99% of the condo developments and all home developments. Even the road over to Ocotal is completely paved.  If you get off the beaten track you will find dirt roads. Even though there are dirt roads here, we are lucky that the municipality grades them 3-4 times a year, but during the dry season it is dusty on these roads as well, I have to be honest. Just this week, the government is actually tearing up parts of the main road in Playa Del Coco in preparation of re-paving the boulevard, so while this is going on as any construction site, it is a mess, but they are moving along quite fast. The main road that leads in to Playa Hermosa from the cross section towards Coco and Sardinal is getting major work as well. MOPT, the Costa Rica authority over roads, are putting in rain gutters along the side of the road coming down the PAVED road in to Playa Hermosa.

So if you are thinking of coming here for the first time I recommend coming to Playa Hermosa and Playa del Coco, you won’t get all dusty and dirty or Muddy!

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I look forward to hearing from you! May the Sun Shine on you no matter where you are!!

“Pura Vida” Pure Life Baby!!


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