Hi everyone! We are very excited to share our photos and experiences from our recent trip to Costa Rica. This is part one of five blog entries so be sure to check out all of them as they come along. Just a reminder, if you click on an underlined word, it will link to a map, website, picture, etc. :)
We chose Costa Rica because it had a little bit of everything: adventure/photography locations for Brian and beaches/relaxation for Erin. If you know us, this makes perfect sense! With the help of a few friends who had visited and or lived in Costa Rica, we came up with a plan to experience Costa Rica as best as possible in nine days. We decided to fly into San Jose, stay the first night, and then drive to Fortuna and stay at Arenal Lodge (see map) for four nights by the volcano. After our adventure activities by the volcano, we were headed to the Pacific side (see map) for beaches and relaxation the last four days of the trip. The itinerary was perfect and we were able to see and experience a huge part of this beautiful country.
We started the trip flying into the major city of San Jose in the late afternoon, picking up our rental car, getting dinner, and checking in to our hotel. My co-worker Ryan and his wife Lidia were visiting Costa Rica (Lidia is from there) at the same time as us and were gracious enough to help us get situated the first night. We were so glad they did! The city was so busy and traffic was insane. Roads did not have street signs and getting around was very difficult. Erin and I definitely had culture shock our first few hours in Costa Rica. The highlight of the night was our dinner at Maxi's. This place had a Caribbean atmosphere with raggae music and gave us our first taste of Costa Rican food, it was amazing. The Chifrijo was Erin's favorite dish of the entire trip. We stayed the night at the JW Marriott Hotel in San Jose and enjoyed the beautiful hotel grounds that night. We hit the road bright and early to head out to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and eventually, La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area.
La Paz Waterfall Garden was about an hour drive from San Jose and was on the way to the next hotel so it was the perfect morning stop. The drive there was really pretty as we drove past many coffee plantations, yes we stopped for coffee, and local villages. Everything was so green and lush! The waterfall garden was beautiful with wildlife, rainforest, and waterfalls. We were there a few hours hiking, taking photos, and having lunch. I was so excited to take photos of the red eyed tree frog! The first photos I took on this trip turned out to be some of my favorites.
Thanks for checking out Costa Rica Part I :) Please like, share, or comment if you enjoyed this blog entry!
Our next entries will feature our stay at Arenal Lodge Hotel as well as our adventures at the volcano, hot springs, hanging bridges, waterfalls, and canopy tours. Stay tuned!
Erin and Brian