Our trip to Costa Rica

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Arenal Volcano, third most active volcano in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, third most active volcano in Costa Rica

It was the greatest trip ever. As well as being a travel advisor, I am a realtor and had a client that was from Costa Rica who was selling his home locally and moving back there. My husband expressed an interest in Costa Rica and I asked my client some questions. Next thing, we're on a flight to one of the most beautiful places there is. We went spur of the moment, got an expedited passport, with no reservations whatsoever. Just a AAA book and a rental Jeep! We landed in San Jose and rented a Jeep and started out on our quest.


First stop was Jaco. We stayed at the Marriot there. It was a little pricey but we had no reservations, so that is to be expected. Spent one night there and then headed south down the coast to Quepos then Ciudad Cortez. Went to the Rain Forest there and saw some of the most beautiful wildlife I’ve ever seen in person. We next headed north up the coast. I happened to be driving and took a wrong turn. Started up this hill and it kept getting rockier and rockier. The rocks started getting bigger and bigger. Next thing I know, we are just about 4-wheeling it and I was getting a little nervous. Just before the fear set in, we made it to the top and it leveled out. We had no idea where we were. We just kept driving figuring we’d stop for directions somewhere. Then, there it was. A giant tree limb in the middle of the road. We stopped. Not knowing where we were, we just sat there for a minute. I looked up, and in the trees were about thirty monkeys! John (hubby) was a little apprehensive about getting out of the jeep. He did get out and move the tree limb and the monkeys left him alone, thank goodness!

Mischievous bunch of monkeys!

Mischievous bunch of monkeys!

Continuing on our “adventure” we arrived in this tiny town in the middle of nowhere. It had a bull ring, a restaurant and a corner store. Outside, was an enormous sow just basking in the sun! She looked pretty comfy as if inviting us into the town. We stopped in the corner store for a soda and directions. Turns out, we were quite close to the city! Driving through the city, there were several cemeteries. Reminded me of New Orleans a little. Continued north to Puntarenas, then Naranjo and Liberia. We stayed at several places but the best was La Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Resort. A sort of mini Madonna Inn in California. Drove to Nuevo Arenal and spent the night at a quaint resort at Arenal (the volcano). Next up was the Atlantic Coast to Limon then down to the Panama border. John and I were there a total of 12 days and to date, the best vacation we’ve had!