Pura vida

Our trip to Costa Rica was downright awesome. Though we got back a couple weeks ago, I’m still holding on tight to warmer thoughts, seeing as frigid temperatures have fully set in here with no signs of relief any time soon.

We flew into Liberia (where balmy temperatures immediately hit us like a very welcome 18-wheeler) and successfully made our way south to Santa Teresa – about five hours over the mountains on dirt roads – and checked into Frank’s Place. We spent the next couple days exploring the surf towns of Santa Teresa and Mal País and enjoying the beaches.

My longtime bestie Sarah arrived a couple days later and boy, was I happy to see her – Jamie likes to spend days hours on end surfing, and everyone knows I’m no good at playing alone. Plus we share a propensity for tropical beverages adventures.

And adventure we did. One of our best days was spent traversing mountains and rivers via ATV to the nearby beach town of Montezuma.

Montezuma has a total hippie beach-town vibe, complete with vegan cafes and multiple waterfalls. After a little sun time and a dip in the swimming hole, we burned rubber back to Mal País in time for sunset.

A trip to Isla Tortuga also proved to be an awesome excursion, starting out with a boat ride during which we were visited by multiple humpback whales. The island was idyllic, like something out of a sitcom at the end of a three-hour tour, with coconut palms lining white-sand beaches and turquoise water.

Halfway through the trip we moved up the hill and into the jungle, into treetop bungalows with a sweet view of the Pacific. The rest of the vacation was spent indulging in Costa Rican fare (gallo pinto for breakfast and Imperial for lunch) and getting too much sun.

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