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We’re back from Costa Rica! Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite activities that we did in Costa Rica. We flew into San Jose, drove to Tamarindo (a lively surf town on the pacific coast) and spent 4 nights there, drove to La Fortuna (a town at the base of the Arenal Volcano) and spent 2 nights there, and then to San Isidro (a suburb of San Jose) to spend a night at a bed and breakfast on a working coffee ranch! Here we go!

Tamarindo Area

Where we stayed: Villa Verde II Condos Tamarindo

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Playa Grande

This is seriously one of the best beaches I’ve been to. It is HUGE and there really weren’t any other people there. You can get to it by driving on some back roads about 30 minutes drive from Tamarindo or you can take a water taxi there from Tamarindo. We drove so we were able to come back on our own time. I also think it’s easier to get to the not crowded area when you drive there instead. 

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Lola’s 

We bought a guide book before we left. Seriously who even does that anymore. Well, we did… and this is the only activity we got from it. It was a good one though! A great beach bar with excellent food on an excellent beach and my favorite part? THE PIG, LOLA! 

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Seeing my Friends!

A big part of deciding to go to Costa Rica was finding out that my friends from Germany would be there the same week we wanted to go on vacation. Seemed like an easy decision to go! It was great spending time catching up in Tamarindo drinking coconut water on the beach and celebrating my friend Inga’s birthday. 12991108_10153717756164332_207593669291734182_nIMG_078512928165_10206560640394319_4124907057212438696_n12920519_10206552135181694_1568563051736027583_n

La Fortuna

Where we stayed: Volcano Lodge and Springs

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Natural Hot Springs

We were on our way to the Tabacon resort to check out their legendary hot springs (for a hefty price tag) when we realized there were these great FREE natural hot springs right down the road! We parked at the Tabacon and walked down the road and there they were. It was so much fun. It was like a rocky river you might see around New England but it was HOT. So awesome. 12993371_10101997009858141_6897258422953125468_n

Sky Trek Zip Lining

Zip lining was awesome! This was a great place, too. They had 7 lines and the longest one was half a mile long! Beautiful views of the volcano and lake Arenal while you’re speeding through the jungle. Sadly I don’t have any pictures but here is a view of the volcano from the restaurant.IMG_0933

La Fortuna Waterfall

I’m really glad we got to this place right when they opened because it was getting so busy as we were leaving! A good stair workout. My calves were actually sore the next day. So anyway you walk down a bunch of stairs to this amazing water fall. You can swim in the pool with the waterfall or if you go next to it there’s this amazing river that is crystal clear!IMG_1032IMG_1033

THIS DESSERT

We went to an Italian restaurant one night and the waiter suggested we order this for dessert. Angus laughs at me for saying this dessert was life changing. It was pizza dough filled with warm nutella with a couple scoops of ice cream on the side. Life changing.IMG_0916

San Jose

Where We Stayed: The Coffee Garden Ranch AirbnbIMG_1036

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

This was a fun place that would make a good day trip from San Jose. It was part zoo, part hike to see a few waterfalls. They had birds, monkeys, butterflies, jungle cats, and you could even hold a toucan. It was awesome. After you look at the animals you walk down a bunch of stairs and look at waterfalls and then a shuttle will bring you back to the main area. 

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