Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park | Costa Rica

Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park | Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica, Hiking
Our first introduction to Costa Rica was a 90 mile drive from San Jose to La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Google estimated it would take about 3.5 hours, but there was a bridge out so the locals said it would take closer to 5. Little did they know we'd be hit with a crazy rain storm (go figure, a heavy downpour in the rain forest, right?) while traveling on the ever winding, guardrail-less back roads of rural Costa Rica. Eight hours later, we arrived, ate dinner and crashed for the night. The next day, we woke up early because we were really excited about hiking Arenal Volcano National Park and we wanted to get there before the afternoon storms hit. National parks in Costa Rica are not as well marked as they are…
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Five Beaches in Puntarenas | Costa Rica

Five Beaches in Puntarenas | Costa Rica

Beaches, Central America, Costa Rica
[caption id="attachment_393" align="alignnone" width="1000"] A view of Playa Punta Renas from the Paquera ferry.[/caption] Costa Rica is known for it's beautiful beaches. So, if you're anything like me, you'll feel completely overwhelmed when trying to figure out which ones to check out. From family friendly to a surfer's dream there are so many options. On our trip to Costa Rica, we visited five beaches and fell in love with one. Here are 5 Costa Rican Beaches in Puntarenas: Playa Jaco - Playa Jaco was probably our least favorite beach. While it had pretty views and was very close to where we were staying, it was often crowded and there was a lot of trash in the sand. It had a definite party scene though, and if that's your thing, you could fit right in with…
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Hiking Trails in Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica

Hiking Trails in Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica, Hiking, Traveling
One of my favorite days from our Costa Rica adventure was our trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. Everyone I talked to recommended going there and I read that it was one of the best places to see a sloth. I also wanted to do some rain forest hiking, without getting too far off the beaten path. After 8 days exploring Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio did not let me down. Between the monkeys, sloths and adorable raccoons, to the breathtaking views and fresh air, I couldn't have asked for more. Okay, maybe for a baby sloth to have dropped down from a tree and jumped into my arms, so that I could knock holding a baby sloth off of my bucket list without being responsible for messing up its fragile skin oil.…
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