I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since our trip to Costa Rica and I’m only getting around to blogging it now.
If you’ve been to Costa Rica, you know it’s beauty. It’s so diverse with mountains, rainforests, beautiful beaches, volcanos, happy people, etc.
We try to travel as much as we possibly can and give our kids experiences vs. material things. We learned quickly that our kids play with toys for about 3 days and then they are done with them. So we are traveling more and buying less.
We spent a total of 12 days in CR. The first 5 were spent at finca luna nueva, a biodynamic organic farm and eco lodge in Arenal. This area was my favorite during our trip. It’s where more adventurous things happen. Here we hiked a volcano, swam in hot springs, went zip lining through the rainforest, hiked hanging bridges, and swam in a waterfall. We met some really amazing locals and I left a piece of my heart here. It was here that I realized that I wanted to live more like them. Simple.
The second place we went to was Manuel Antonio. We found this gem on home away. A private home, jungle roost, with it’s own private pool and monkeys. Sign us up! We also went during rainy season and got a great deal on the house.
Speaking of rainy season. We either got really really lucky or rainy season is not as rainy as some say. But knowing my streak with planning vacations (or anything for that matter) and sunshine, you know that I have a rain cloud that follows me everywhere. It didn’t rain at all for two of the days, only really rained a lot one day and the rest were just quickies. We would wake up around 6am to maximize our sunshine. If it rained, it wouldn’t start until around 5:00 and last for about an hour.
I would never not go anywhere because it was “wet season”. Everything is so much more alive and colorful. Plants were in full bloom. I’ve never seen greener grass in my life. It was just so vibrant.
Manuel Antonio is beachy. It has amazing beaches, some calm beaches and some great for surfing. They were pretty bare this time of year, which was amazing! We explored with a little help from a friend (thanks Nicole) and found some lesser known beaches that were even more beautiful. It was definitely a nice change of pace from Arenal.
If you ever get the chance to visit this country, I highly recommend. I also recommend renting an all wheel drive car. If you’re afraid of heights, I’d recommend some anxiety medication too. We drove a total of 12 hours. Most of which were through the Costa Rican mountains….with no guardrails and very little traffic laws. I had a few “OH MY GOD WE ARE GOING TO DIE” moments. I didn’t express them out loud, but the thought did cross my mind a few times. Even in those moments, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The scenery was amazing, nothing like anything I’ve ever seen before. In those moments, even though you may be terrified, you think less about dying and more about living and soaking in the moment.
We cannot wait to go back! Maybe when we retire, we’ll build a treehouse in Costa Rica and live out our days there!
This grasshopper was about 4 inches long!
The couple on the left is me and Jess trying to get close to the waterfall. It was so powerful that we could only get so close!
Michael was trying to catch fish with his bare hands. He recruited help but they had no luck.
That fruit is called rambutan and though strange to peel and eat tastes good!
Ava led the hike using her navigation skills.
We came across a 6 foot snake on this hike. Needless to say Bella was frightened. Ava was there to protect her though.