Friday, 31 August 2012

Costa Rica - Pura Vida

The last post on Costa Rica will be our supper at Barba Roja (Red Beard) where we watched the sun set over the ocean (albeit with some clouds in the way).


Very red from our sunburns!


Some random photos of towns (buildings, streets, people) we saw along our travels.

Cows in the road on our way from the airport to our first hotel.

The mountain in the back is called the Sleeping Indian (profile).
And this is a Guest House named after the mountain.

Here's the Sleeping Indian right next to Arenal Volcano.

Grocery store in La Fortuna

Santa Elena

Bridge over Rio Tarcoles - where the crocodiles are


 In summary, top 10 things to do in Costa Rica based on our experience would be:

  1. Jungle walks or hikes...whether night or day, cloud forest or rain forest, with or without hanging bridges, Costa Rica is all about the animals and plantlife from smallest to biggest.
  2. Zip-line...there are adventure tours all over the country - they're called canopy tours and you basically sail over the canopy
  3. Waterfall - take a dip in Catarata Arenal or another waterfall you may find.
  4. Volcano - there are a few active volcanoes in the country but definitely go see one
  5. Hot Springs - along with the volcanoes you will find hot springs which are a must-do
  6. Boat ride - you see different creatures than when you walk in the jungle
  7. Beach - it's not your regular groomed and maintained beach that goes on for miles, but definitely worth a visit to a Costa Rican beach nearest you.
  8. Go see a butterfly garden or conservatory.
  9. Have a drink in El Avion Restaurant in Manuel Antonio
  10. Go to the Treehouse Restaurant in Monteverde


  1. This is a fantastic and inspiring blog. I hope I can travel the world some day as you have. I'm considering some canopy tours to try this summer. Do you happen to have any pictures of your zip-lining excursion?

    1. Thank you so very much, Joan. What a gratifying comment. I am happy to see that you are enjoying it. Yes I have more photos as well as some videos of our zip-lining excursion which could be shared with you. Is there a way for me to get your e-mail address if you follow the blog (unsure how that works). Did you read my August 7th post entitled Monteverde - Classic Costa Rica as there are some photos there. The canopy tour was with Aventura, there's a link to their web-site on that post.

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