As we drive south on Highway 34, I explain that we did not have time for breakfast. Ronald has a solution - a bakery in the town of Perrita. Perfect! We each pick up some savory pies and off we go.
About 90 minutes after we leave Playa Hermosa we arrive at Quepos, the gateway city to Manual Antonio National Park. Ronald expertly parks the van and proceeds to pull out his spotting scope while the rest of us load backpacks with waters from the cooler. We walk a few blocks to meet up with the ticket and entrance line. It takes about 15 minutes and we are in. We are not 100 feet into the park when Ronald stops by some banana plants and pulls out his scope. Hidden in the leaves are some bats!
Ronald drops us off around 4 pm, with enough time for a quick nap and a dip in the pool before sunset. This has truly been a memorable day, made even more special because it was shared as a family.