We took our time packing up the car this morning. I had had such a wonderful stay at the Monteverde Lodge and Gardens that it was difficult to motivate myself. We had some eggs and coffee before checking out and saying goodbye to the wait staff which had been so hospitable.
As we drove down the bumpy mountain road leaving Santa Elena, we could see the Gulf of Nicoya shimmering in the distance. Rayna got a few last pictures of the valley in the sun and it was then that we decided we would need to go to the beach for a few hours before returning to Heredia. About an hour and a half later, we arrived at Playa Donana, where we swam and soaked up the sun for a few hours before returning to the city.
What an end to a great vacation!