Costa Rica 2014

DSC_0061 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur second visit to Cost Rica and it did not disappoint.  We needed this break so desperately. The Polar Vortex has hit us hard and this warm weather vacation was not a moment too soon.

By some stroke of luck, the weather cooperated for our departure however,  United Airlines did not.  We had a 3 hr delay at O’Hare which brought us to our destination in Liberia, CR much later than planned.  After getting some food and necessities for the next morning (COFFEE), we found our condo in Langosta Beach and unpacked for the week. Note:  CR has no addresses or street names, so finding the Condo is a challenge at night!

Our next day was spent beach exploring. We spent some time at Playa Conchal (sea shell beach), ate lunch then went to at Flamingo Beach. Tide was high, but we did get to see a few stingrays come up and say hello! We eventually found a “real” grocery store, did some shopping, had fresh chicken and salad for dinner and then set out to explore more of Langosta and Tamarindo.  Tamarindo is very touristy, so i’m glad that we did not stay directly in town. Our Langosta beach condo Horizontes del Mar was about 1 mile out in a quiet community area that was mostly residential with only a few local shops.  I went out for a run most mornings or a run/walk on the beach.  I just loved it, and I was so happy to finally run outside in warm sunshine!!

The rest of the week was spent on some activities, but mostly relaxing. One thing about being on the gold coast of CR, anything that does not involve the beach is about 2 hrs away, minimum,  so we did not want to spend our days driving in the car to get to too many events. Our condo was right on the ocean. It had spectacular sunset views,  a 25 yard pool for days we didn’t want to be in the sand, and it was less then 1 mile from town where there were lots of great places to eat!  We didn’t have to go far for anything else!

We did spend one day white water rafting on the Tenorio River, which was a bit disappointing. The rapids were low in March, so we did not have a  fast paced river ride or lots of great drops. The trip itself was beautiful, and we really enjoyed the river and the scenery but I paid for a class IV, and got a II.  The agency we booked through –Xplore Costa Rica– should have helped us understand the seasonal nature of the rapids in CR. We may have decided to do something else instead like a combo class II rafting or tubing with zip lining. We also had one afternoon on a catamaran/snorkel tour. The crew and boat were nice, but similarly to the rafting trip, this was not a good time of year for snorkeling because the tide was high and waters rough making it difficult to see in the ocean and also difficult to swim/snorkel.  However, it was perfect for those people who love to surf, and Tamarindo is definitely a surfers paradise! Maybe someday I’ll try it, but I think I would tackle paddle boarding first!

We absolutely love Costa Rica and plan to go back again soon. The trip was definitely too short, 7 days (with 2 days traveling) was just not enough time to fully unwind. Next time we may try to visit the Manuel Antonio national park area and also spend some time on the Caribbean side of CR. We would definitely go for 10 days again, like we did in 2010, I think that was perfect.

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About angief02

I am a Wife, an Accountant, and technology geek. I love to Travel, workout, do short distance triathlons and hang out with friends.
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2 Responses to Costa Rica 2014

  1. What do you think it costs you per day? I hear its a really affordable place to do a lot of different things. I would like to go in the near future. Thanks for the post.

  2. angief02 says:

    Well we splurged on the condo we were in because we shared it with another couple and wanted sea views. Honestly, depending on what your needs are, it can be a very cheap vacation, just stay out of the touristy places (Tamarindo is VERY touristy). Eating at “sodas” is the best, good food and inexpensive. You will need a car unless you want to pay for a transportation to and from everywhere. This option might actually be better cost wise over a car; there is mandatory insurance that the country makes you buy that cost as much as the rental itself. If needed maybe just get the car on days you need one. Gas is also very expensive. The flight cost almost $900 from O’Hare which really aggravated me since two years ago it was $400. CR is becoming more popular, and the airlines have definitely caught on. However, It didn’t cost us much to eat, do some exploring and have a few fun trips. It will really depend on what you want to do, you can make it very affordable once getting past the outrageous air fare!

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