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.