Heading to Costa Rica and debating whether or not to rent a car?  If you’re planning to cover a lot of ground and see different parts of the county, a car is definitely the way to go. It gives you the freedom to make your own schedules and not rely on public transportation. It also opens up more hotel and activity options and makes the treks between locations far more pleasant than they […]

Categories: Costa Rica, Travel

After a 7:00am Tico style breakfast at the hotel we headed out to Sámara for our 8:00am horseback riding tour – a private excursion with a Spanish-only guide and two horses, Pinto for Danny and Andres for me. There are a few tour outfits in town; I booked ours through a site called Anywhere Costa Rica, but offerings seemed similar across the board. The tour lasted two and a half […]

Our first full day on the beach began with my first Tico style breakfast: eggs, rice and beans, cheese and tortillas. The meal was enjoyed in the lobby of our Playa Hermosa hotel, La Finisterra, and was complemented by views of the sparkling Pacific. We arrived in Playa Hermosa on the northern side of the Nicoya Peninsula (there are two Playa Hermosas in Costa Rica – don’t get confused) late […]

Depending on where you’re coming from, getting to the Monteverde area of Costa Rica is no easy task. We were driving in from La Fortuna, and while the two spots don’t look far apart on a map, they are divided by Lake Arenal and a long stretch of difficult, unpaved roads. We made the mistake of leaving La Fortuna after 5pm, too close to nightfall. We got to Tilarán on […]

Our first full day in Costa Rica began early, around 7:15am, with beams of sun streaming into the room. We opened the back door to find that it was already warm at that early hour, and a step out onto the lush back patio afforded us a full-frame view of Arenal Volcano. This day was off to a good start. After mobilizing and dressing we enjoyed breakfast in the lovely […]

It was February in Boston again, and having anticipated the disgust and exhaustion we would be feeling with the frigid New England winter, my boyfriend and I had booked ourselves a getaway to a warmer climate. Costa Rica. Recommended by all who had been, Costa Rica seemed like an ideal winter escape: outdoor activities, beaches, wildlife, accessibility (quick flight and USD is often accepted in tourist spots) and convenience (unlike […]