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Costa Rica… in paradise without me!

Unfortunately I didn’t go to Costa Rica, yet… but a friend of mine went there and she shared her experience with me; so, many thanks to Ingrid for this post.

I planned this trip back in February, to get away to a warm place and visit the beach. I have been to Costa Rica before, a long time ago and I remember it as a very pleasant destination. I wasn’t let down. I flew to San Jose, where I met so many nice people eager to help me. The Costa Ricans are polite, nice and their Spanish is very clear, which makes it easy to have conversations with them…

I stayed in an Airbnb very well located in the city of San Jose. My host was, Dariel, who was a pleasure. He gave me so many ideas to make the best of my trip. My room was spacious and comfortable. Located just around the corner from the Hilton hotel for a very good price…

However, there is not much to do in San Jose and to enjoy the country you need to go to the mountains or to the beaches, so I planned those as my destinations…

I decided to take a tour to a Coffee plantation, which was a delight! The place was beautiful and located in the country side. I don’t drink coffee that often but I appreciate a good flavor and it was the best. Aromatic, soft and delicious! I learned that the best coffee is not wet toasted for a long time, because it diminishes the quality. Sadly, companies like Starbucks do that. I even learned that the worst quality of coffee is used to make instant coffee. Even if you are not a lover of this drink, you should try it and you will be surprised at the great quality of their coffee…

The other delightful thing is their fruits and the flavor of their food. Like in other Central and South American countries the food is always in season and the flavors are bold and distinctive.
Next, I went to visit a volcano. The hike was nice. Perfect weather and good company. I went with a group from the US, Italy, Canada, Germany, UK and Israel. We all enjoy traveling so getting to know them was so much fun…

Our next stop was La Paz Waterfall Gardens a distant hotel, in the rain forest that has nature park, where you can go inside the exhibits and see the birds and find a butterfly has landed on your shoulder. There are more animals to see. The ones that intrigue the most are the poison frogs… the colours are incredible…

After that, a new hike to discover waterfalls!! It was amazing!

After the mountains, I headed to the beaches. I took public transportation, that was comfortable and inexpensive. The delays are another story, but all is part of the experience…

I stayed in Casa Linda, a very nice property in Quepos, close to many beaches and I met Dan and Stephanie, who are originally from Chicago but had travelled the world. They both accommodated me very nicely and even Dan drove me around! They are both amazing host who have great ideas in how to enjoy the area…

There are many beautiful beaches and I chose to go to the National Park Manuel Antonio. There are beaches that you hike to get to and they are a small piece of paradise!

The wild life surrounds you and sand is soft. I found many people from different nations, and we all enjoyed the Costa Rican slogan “Pura Vida”, that means pure life, that denotes a way of life…enjoying and leaving life to fullness…

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2 Comments

  1. Gnooau

    Very nice place and nice picture.. i wanna go there….

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  2. cannibalOa

    Sois absolutamente derechos. En esto algo es y es el pensamiento bueno. Le mantengo.
    cannibalOa

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