Looking Down Alligator Bridge

By BobbyRica | October 29, 2010

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About an hour forty minutes from San Jose in Costa Rica, there is a long bridge on the two lane paved road disguised as a freeway. There you will find people walking over the side of the side, peering below. There are also cars parked on both side of the bridge.

If your curiosity gets the better of you (which you will), park your car safely just outside the bridge and walk towards the middle section to take a look. The bridge has no name but I call it Alligator Bridge. When you look down, there is a river where dozens of alligators swim around. These beauties are probably 20 feet long. Sometimes, they can get bigger. Now these alligators could eat a cow in big chunks. If you’re THAT curious, set them off on a feeding frenzy by dropping bloody meat and see how these reptiles work.

In the morning, it’s usually feeding time for these alligators. You can see tourist buses lined up. People — mostly tourists — are all over the bridge, watching the locals drop dead chickens off for your entertainment. I wish thy would be less humane and throw some live pigs or people instead.

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A word to the wise. Be careful how you look down. The bridge has a low barrier. It’s very easy to keel over and fall down to be alligator food. What’s more, the speeding cars passing by tend to notice pedestrians. So try not to be another statistic.

After visiting the gators, head down North where a pretty decent restaurant serves the coldest Imperials and Pilsners. Remember that the bridge is also twenty minutes from lush beautiful Jaco.

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