Bike Tour To Panama City: Manuel Antonio to Dominical

September 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Playa Manuel Antonio

Playa Manuel Antonio

After taking a day off to rest in Playa Manuel Antonio, I was ready to hit the road to Dominical. Here’s a photo essay and video update for the ride today!

Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos, Costa Rica

I started my day around 10:30 a.m. Since it’s rainy season now, I monitored the weather forecast online to have an idea of ideal times to bike. I didn’t want to get caught in a down pour so I calculated that I had about four hours before I would have to get to my destination or take cover until the rain stops.

The mountainous terrain that wore me out on the way to Manuel Antonio played to my advantage as I rolled down hill to Quepos.

The weather was warm, almost hot. The sun was shining bright, but not scorching. I stopped for a bit to apply some sunscreen.

Road out of Quepos

Road out of Quepos

As I left Quepos there was a big hill, but after that the roads were pretty flat. According to my watch, elevations fluctuated between 100 to 180 feet above sea level.

Quepos La Managua Airport 5 km from town

Quepos La Managua Airport 5 km from town

Community on the outskirts of Quepos

Community on the outskirts of Quepos

32 km to Dominical

32 km to Dominical

Clouds started to blow in above the mountains

Clouds started to blow in above the mountains

I took an early lunch break since the breakfast I ate wasn’t enough to fuel me up for the long haul. I resumed live streaming using the internet connection at the restaurant so I didn’t have to use my prepaid mobile data plan. Watch the video to see what the roads look like and learn about casado, a typical Costa Rican meal.

Spotted some cows along the way

Spotted some cows along the way

Two goats crossing the road

Two goats crossing the road

Barometer is falling. Drop in air pressure means rain is on the way.

Barometer is falling. Drop in air pressure means rain is on the way.

Since the weather was changing, I cycled faster to get me closer to Dominical.

Fruit stand 100 meters from  Playa Dominical

Fruit stand 100 meters from Playa Dominical

As I was approaching town, I came across this fruit stand and bought some bananas and fresh cold coconut water. It was much needed to replenish my body with nutrients.

Ceviche vendor

Ceviche vendor

After buying some fruit, I biked down the road and came across a Honduran girl selling ceviche. I was starving and needed some protein. I sat down at her stand to eat and talked with a few locals who were waiting for the bus. Normally I don’t buy fish from street like this, but took a chance. It was fresh and good!

Manuel Antonio to Dominical is about 46.5 km

Manuel Antonio to Dominical is about 46.5 km

It took me about 4 hours to bike 46.5 km to Dominical with a 30 minute lunch break. I made it to my destination before it started to rain!

Track my location

Track my progress to to Panama City.

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