Posted February 17th, 2012, 10:59 PM
I would suggest a light sweater or two for evenings. During the day it will be warm, shorts and tshirts weather. At night it's resort casual, very comfortable but neat.
For footwear, Teva-style shoes were most common, although I brought my hiking boots for Corcovado which has the most uneven terrain of the hikes we took.
I don't recommend flip flops for wet landings. They won't give you secure footing. They are great for hanging around on board, though.
In San Juan del Sur and Quepos we docked at a pier, no wet landing.
In Playas del Coco, Curu, and Tortuga Island we had a wet landing on a soft beach. You can go barefoot, carry your shoes and a towel in a backpack, and dry your feet after the landing. Or you can just wear Tevas and have wet feet.
At Bahia Drake there are several excursions offered, and they all leave directly from the ship. We hiked Corcovado, which is a little more complicated if you take both halves of the hike. The first half is fairly flat and stays in the jungle near the beach. Tevas are fine for that. The second half is a bit harder and you cross water a couple times, so I was mildly annoyed that I had to keep taking my boots on and off, and wish I had had Tevas for that. However, I was glad to have the ankle support and good traction. We got to swim by the waterfall so we wore bsuits under our clothes. People who didn't want the second half stayed by the ranger station on the beautiful beach, where they had refreshments for us.
A small light backpack is great for wet landings because you'll have your hands free for clambering in and out of the zodiac.
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