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It's about to get a LOT quieter around here

Since arriving in Costa Rica I have met a lot of young Brits. The country has been letting in anyone without need of a vaccination or even PCR test since about October last year, so it seems to be the gap year place of choice for many 18 / 19 year olds.

That's all about to change as it looks likely that by the time I post this, Costa Rica will be on the UK's Red list which will come into effect Tuesday. These kids, who have mostly been here three or four months, now need to get back to the UK before then or face a £1750 quarantine in a Holiday Inn for 10 nights. Some of these kids were on the ball and got a PCR test yesterday and flights back to the UK. Others, including two young girls in my room, have been less lucky (or less smart) and are worried that they will have to fly via another country (they're looking at Italy as one of them has family there). No one will go to a quarantine hotel, they'll fly somewhere on the amber list and spend the money there, why would they do anything else?

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more photos of nothing to do with the narrative, this is my room though, very nice. My bed is the bottom left.

The cheapest reasonable flight back to the UK (one that doesn't take 37 hours) is currently £350, about £100 more than you'd expect. I have no idea what this will end up as this evening after the official announcement. Another reason not to fly directly back to the UK. This can't help curb the spread of any virus surely? Still, about 30% of the people I've met here are young Brits, so there could be a sharp decline in the number of filled up hostel and hotel beds.

None of this affect me though, as I'm not leaving for ages and I don't think I'll be leaving from Costa Rica, although at the moment, Ecuador, Panama and Peru are all red list countries so If needs be I'll fly home via 10 days in Orlando or Morocco for a cheaper option.

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Cute lizard sitting next to me as I type

Yesterday ended up being a literal washout for me. I had decided to walk to a local beach, about 4 km away, for a bit of exercise rather than getting a bus for 30p. It should have taken about an hour. The walk was ok, but very hilly, some of the steepest roads I've ever walked up. it it was bloody hot at 8am, around 28 degrees.

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All like this. Insane. I don't know how some of the old bangers they drive round here made it.

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Some beautiful views though

Eventually, I came to a gate with a pathway heading down through the forest to the beach. It was about here when it started raining. Only a bit, not too bad. By the time I got to the beach I was in the middle of a downpour, with very little cover. I got drenched. The sky looked ok a ways away, so I hung around for a bit and it did start to clear, for all of 5 minutes until it got even worse. By this point I figured I couldn't get any much wetter, but was worried about the stuff in my bag, my camera, tablet etc and didn't think it would improve, so I made my way back, up the pathway through the woods that had now become a stream, before finally hitting the road.

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I must have looked more pathetic than usual as at one point an American woman stopped and gave me a lift a kilometer or so, which was nice of her, but I finally got back to the hostel around an hour after the beach. The weather was of course beautiful at this point. I had left so early in the day because the weather 'experts' said it would be lovely until about midday and then horrible for the rest of the day. It was pretty much the exact opposite.

At this point I remembered my passport was in my pocket! It was soaked, like it had been through a washing machine. I carefully dried each page before leaving it out in the sun to dry off, which it did pretty well. Phew. The camera and tablet were both fine in my bag, which was good.

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Damp but usable, this is also the name of your sex tape

New tip - Always have a plastic bag with you to protect your stuff in Costa Rica!

Posted by cblanc102 18:02 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged rain beach hostels weather costa_rica south_america central_america latin_america quarantine solo_travel

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