Some people save their money to buy clothes. I save…well, lets face it, to buy clothes….but also so I can buy travel deals at a moments notice when something appealing pops ups. Last month my good friend stumbled upon a great Costa Rica travel deal on Living Social, and I didn’t need much convincing when she sent it my way.
Our week long Costa Rican girls getaway that I just returned from was awesome! And it was just what I needed.
After landing in the San Jose city of Costa Rica, we picked up a car and drove 4-5 hours to the coastal region for a few days of fun in the sun in the Guanacaste region.
We stayed in a small town called Playa Carillo. It’s the low travel season in Costa Rica right now, which was just perfect for us because it felt like we had a lot of the city and the beach to ourselves, along with the locals.
It was the perfect place for relaxing.
We resided at one of the best hotels in the region, Hotel Leyanda, which was simply beautiful. And with only 8 rooms on the property we felt right at home during our time there.
After a few days near the beach, we hopped in the car and drove the 5-6 hours to the rain forest in a city called Arenal near La Fortuna. I admit I underestimated how literal the term ‘rain forest’ really is. It rained every day while we were there, sometimes in buckets.
The mornings and early afternoon we usually clear though, so we used that time to put our adventure seeker hats on and partake in activities like rafting through crocodile inhabited rivers, zip-lining, and, my favorite part of all, descending about 1,000 steps to swim at the bottom of a waterfall.
The waterfall experience, which I talked about on my Instagram page, was the most memorable part of the trip for me by far. Simply incredible.
On the second leg of our trip we stayed at Lomas Del Volcan hotel. Volcan is in the title for a reason, because the grounds were situated just at the base of an active volcano. It hasn’t spewed lava in several years though and, thankfully for us, it didn’t decide to start while we were there.
Oh and the food on this trip was probably the best out of any region of the world I’ve been to so far. From some of the freshest fruit I’ve ever tasted, to homemade plantain and bread, the ever-adundant rice and beans which I love. We ate…and drank quite well.
Thanks for the great times Costa Rica!