Travel

Life at the Beach (Pt. 2) – Costa Rica

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When my husband first heard he might be going to Costa Rica for work initially I was excited. How often do you get the chance to travel somewhere like that for work? Over the months that passed we went back and forth on being excited for the trip (second honeymoon!), to not being so excited (Zika virus!) but in the end, I’m glad I tagged along! His work time ended on Friday but since his birthday was yesterday (he’s finally 30!) we decided to stay a couple days extra and just be tourists. We should be headed home right now as you read this!

Things I love about Costa Rica so far:

1. The food

The food has been great so far! We have some great restaurants in the vicinity of our hotel and I think my favorite meal by far is Chifrio, which consists of beans, rice, pieces of pork (basically little chunks of ham), pico de gallo, avocado and tortilla chips. I seriously could eat this every single day! The fruit has also been amazing- pineapple, mangos (they’re gigantic here!), and strawberries. We also bought some cheese at a small roadside store that was phenomenal!

Chifrio in Costa Rica
Chifrio

 

2.  The climate

The temperature while we’ve been here has been fairly consistent in the 70-80 range. I love that I can come work by the pool at 6:00 in the morning and it’s already warm! There’s been a nice breeze too, with only a couple of days of what I would compare to Oklahoma wind! We are at the beginnings of the rainy season but it really hasn’t been as much of an issue as I thought it would be. It usually rains at some point in the day, generally around 2-3 in the afternoon and some days it rains for about 30 minutes or an hour and then the sun is back out again. This works great for me since I’m usually outside early and ready to head in for a shower or nap around the time it starts to rain! We have had a couple of totally rain free days too.

Poolside Costa Rica

3. The bugs

Or should I say, the lack of bugs. First of all, i haven’t seen a single mosquito since I’ve been here! And trust me, if there were mosquitoes around they would find me! I’ve actually seen very few bugs in general, except for the occasional bee by the pool. (How do they find me?) I imagine our chances for bugs will go up when we head closer to the coast this weekend, but we have plenty of Off!

4. The people

People are so nice and friendly! The people of Costa Rica are incredibly proud of their country (as they should be) and really want to take care of it and invite others to visit. Tourism is one of their top industries (I’ve actually heard it was the top industry) so they take really good care of you here!

5. The scenery

Palm trees, tropical flowers growing on the sides of the roads, mountains in the distance – this is not a bad place to be. :) I honestly had never thought about visiting Costa Rica before this trip but now Brent and I are already talking about wanting to come back one day!

Costa Rica

Coffee fields Costa Rica
Coffee fields
Costa Rica Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

 

To celebrate Brent’s birthday we are headed to Quepos (actually we’ll have already been there by the time you read this!) so I’ll give you an update on that soon! Apparently there are monkeys and sloths all over! (I’m not sure how I feel about this…) More soon!

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