Costa Rica Part 1 – the Overview

As I sit here on the couch, staring at the snow, it seems like a good time to start recapping my recent trip to Costa Rica with my parents. It was a great trip packed with fun things, so will be covered in a series of blog posts. This first post will be a basic overview of where we went, where we stayed, what we ate, etc.

As soon as our flights were booked (maybe even before), I was online googling scuba diving in Costa Rica. I quickly narrowed things down to Playa del Coco (El Coco), on the Papagayo Gulf on the Pacific side, where there are a lot of nearby dive spots and a high concentration of dive shops. So, we set up our trip to start in El Coco for about 6 days, then head to Monteverde in the Cloud Forest, followed by a trip to the Arenal Volcano, and then back to Liberia (near Playa del Coco) to fly home. Now, this plan changed later, but we did start in El Coco and visit Monteverde.

I loved Playa del Coco. LOVED. It was hot, but with the ocean right there, that was fine by me.

We stayed in an Air B&B condo that was a 5 minute walk from the beach.

It was also a 3 minute walk from a daily iced coffee at my favourite little coffee shop.

The nearby beach was great for morning runs, daily swims, and evening strolls.

In Monteverde we enjoyed a small bed and breakfast place overlooking the Cloud Forest.

We ended up back in El Coco at the end of our trip, and stayed in a small hotel with a nice pool and shady hammocks.

I’m by no means a foodie, but did make some effort to document some of our meals.

We enjoyed a few nice dinners at beachfront restaurants, piña coladas and sunsets included.

We also ate at some sodas – small, local restaurants. The fruit juices available almost everywhere were delicious!

And of course we picked up some street meat to eat on the beach.

And enjoyed a few sweet treats along the way.

So there you go. General itinerary, accommodations, and eats. Next up will be the good stuff like sailing, zip lining and, most importantly, scuba diving!

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