Equipment used for this trip: Canon T5i, Go pro 3
"How To Travel Costa Rica Right" Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm2GIMwXrhs
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Started our trip taking a $40- 5 minute taxi ride to an Airbnb called Casa Maki (highly recommend- the house, not the taxi ride)
1. YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYONE- no matter how nice they may seem! Rachel sat with a taxi driver named Abel for 3 hours as she waited for Tyler and I. Turns out he was just like the rest of them and knew us silly Americans wouldn't know better. He was right.
2. Know the approximate rate/price to get to your destination, ONLY get in taxis with a meter, and if you landed in San Jose just take an Uber!
To book Casa Maki: https://www.booking.com/hotel/cr/casa-maki.html
After that little fiasco, we decided to continue our adventure by simply walking around the city to see what goods we could find. And when I say goods I mean FOOD.
Right up the street, we found a food court- praise the Lord! I wish I could say that we got some authentic Costa Rican cuisine, but for some reason our hearts longed for Japanese instead. To my surprise it was actually REALLY good! I think at that point though anything would of tasted like heaven. Next door was of course a gelato shop, which only seemed logical to get. We had a long day of traveling, it was well deserved! Now, you might be thinking.... why in the world are they jumping on a trampoline? Excellent question! Well, across the way was a restaurant called the Taco Bar- it's exactly what it sounds like. Anyways, out front was this trampoline! So, once again, logically it only made sense to jump on it- which only ended up lasting for about 2 minutes before someone came out and said it was only for the little "ninos."
So, we took it as a sign to move forward onto our next unknown destination, which ended up being a playground in some random neighborhood!
Wishing I got better pictures of the next Airbnb we stayed at, Flor De Mayo, because it was SICK. Practically made you feel like you were staying in the forrest! Our hosts name was Carol and she was honestly the sweetest! It wasn't until AFTER we went exploring the property though that she told us to watch out for the funnel webs in the grass, which were the home of Wolf Spiders.... no big deal. Just if one bits you your bones start to decay....
On the bright side, none of us ended up getting bit- however the creepy crawlies pictured below were EVERYWHERE.
To book this getaway location: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4155703
Montaña De Fuego Resort & Spa
Literally heaven on earth. No joke. The lord rained blessings on blessings upon us! We even made new friends- one's that walk on two feet and some on four.
Not to mention volcanic hot springs, waterfalls, horseback riding, and mud masks oh my!
Due to the off season we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves!
PUERTO VIEJO aka the Caribbean side
After being stuck in a bus for 5 hours, I stepped off and just wanted to melt. Not only because of the heat, but at the fact that it was perfectly 75 and sunny- making me feel very silly that i'd brought rain boots. Prior to the trip I was CONVINCED that it would be raining most of the time since, in fact, October is considered "rainy season."
So word from the wise: Don't let the weather report stop you from going somewhere- especially somewhere tropical like this! You never know what you are going to get!
Recommendation: Trying some fresh coconut water ;) However, that might require some tree climbing! Also, give the Caribbean Sauce a try, I promise you won't regret it! What I don't recommend is trying to make your own dinner/breaded chicken from the local store. I may or may not have gotten sick from it...
Our Airbnb was, yet again, A DREAM COME TRUE. Before going on the trip all I envisioned was sitting out on the balcony or porch in the middle of the jungle and having some serious quiet time... and that is EXACTLY what I got here! Our host was the sweet sweet Mariam! Even though the language barrier was a bit of a challenge she was so understanding, helpful and loving towards us. Oh and her pool boy was as well, he even showed us a sloth right when we got there!
It's like he knew what we were there for.
To book this jungle oasis: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16309696
Cahuita National Park
An untouched jungle alongside the ocean that is home to a variety of animals such as sloths, monkeys, and snakes!
Best part about it? IT'S FREE!