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Costa Rica

Curious what backpackers do in Costa Rica? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Sadly Steve had to leave Costa Rica because he had to go back to work on Tuesday.

    Third day in Costa Rica, Evan stated the day with a golf lesson with a Pro named Oscar. He told me that Evan had learned fast, because by the end of the lesson, he could drive the golf ball far!

    Then Evan and I played more golf at the putting green, during a heavy rain. Good thing I bought nice rain jackets before we left for this trip. Apparently it's raining season for Costa Rica now.

    We got lucky in the afternoon, the rain stopped. So we played pool, table tennis and water polo. While Evan was swimming in the pool, I learned some nice Latin dances during a dance lesson by the pool side.

    After dinner, Evan and I went to the well equipped gym and workout. Impressively, Evan can do pull-ups and lift 80lbs weights! Strong boy!
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  • 4th Day in Costa Rica. We went to the well equipped gym and exercised before breakfast, and then we went to a nearby beach town for a surf lesson.

    Believe it or not, the first time Evan got on the surf board, not only he was able to stand up on the board (for people who ever surfed, you know how impossible that is), he actually surfed the wave all the way to the shore! All of us, including the instructor, couldn't believe our eyes. We looked at each other in amazement!

    For the next 2 hours, Evan had a great time learning more and had an amazing time.
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  • 6th day and the final day at Costa Rica: we went to a National River park for a river boat ride. We saw several crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and birds.

    The afternoon was spent at the beach for our resort. I got an one hour massage for only $20! Evan played beach soccer with a Costa Rican family.

    Sadly we are leaving tomorrow. Hopefully we will be back soon! We love this beautiful and happy country!Read more

  • Second day at Costa Rica was full of activities. We started with Zip lines which soared above the rain forest, saw some Howler Monkeys along the way. Then went down the mountain in a giant water slide. After some delicious Costa Rica food for lunch, we rode horse to a very nice hot springs area, while we covered ourselves in Volcanic mud before soaking in the hot springs pools for couple hours, while sipping some cool tropical drinks.

    What a nice way to spend a lovely day in vacation!!
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  • 4th Day in Costa Rica. We went to the well equipped gym and exercised before breakfast, and then we went to a nearby beach town for a surf lesson.

    Believe it or not, the first time Evan got on the surf board, not only he was able to stand up on the board (for people who ever surfed, you know how impossible that is), he actually surfed the wave all the way to the shore! All of us, including the instructor, couldn't believe our eyes. We looked at each other in amazement!

    For the next 2 hours, Evan had a great time learning more and had an amazing time.
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  • The day started with a swim in the rain. A family played in the sand, but I was the only one in the water.

    The Sat farmers market was right outside our motel so we stocked up on avocados, mangos, goat cheese and bread. I'm such a bad haggler.

    A sea turtle preserve patrols the beach all night, so anyone can join the volunteers as they search for turtles laying eggs. They take the eggs to the hatchery for protection until they're ready. For two hours, we walked the beach in the dark while the warm rain came down. We didn't see any turtles but the volunteer taught us Costa Rican slang and showed us other beach creatures.

    There is essentially only one main road through town and on Saturday night, people grab drinks and hang out. One bar had a DJ and I got Rory to dance!

    Montezuma feels like a secret. It hasn't been developed like other parts of the country. This trip keeps getting better.
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  • A beautiful day in sunny and warm Costa Rica. We walked on suspension bridges in the canopy of the rain forest-amazing! We are docked in a fishing village and the warm breezes blowing through the fabrics of the stalls of the street vendors made for a pretty site.
    As the sun sets we are watching a tug that is waiting to lead us out of port.

  • RACHEL HAS ARRIVED!! Along with a huge backpack bigger than ours that we're still helping her get used to! Admittedly it felt like a mini Christmas when she passed on all the goodies from parents - thank you! Safe to say her bag will be lighter on her journey home.

    The 3 of us have spent the last few days in Manuel Antonio, a small town just on the edge of the smallest National Park in Costa Rica of the same name. We walked the 40 minute trail through the park spotting sloths, monkeys, raccoons, birds and then arrived at possibly the most beautiful beach we've seen during our entire trip! Beautiful, yes, however this beach was far from relaxing with groups of monkeys and raccoons prowling the beach seizing any opportunity to steal food/belongings! Through the trees we found another pristine yet empty beach. Wasn't long before we spotted a crocodile swimming around in the sea - maybe this had put everyone off?!

    Tomorrow we are heading to Monteverde for 2 nights of cloud forest, zip lining and a suspended bridge walk. Let's hope Rach can put aside her fear of heights for a day...
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  • We're here in Monteverde! The 6 hour journey we anticipated turned into a loooong day of cooking in overheated public buses, waiting around and miles of bumpy gravel road up into the mountains. This morning we all survived the zip lines AND the Tarzan swing (more scary than it sounds!) and Rach was very brave indeed. Excuse the photo quality, just had GoPro strapped to Tom's helmet which was constantly being rained on - but hope you get the idea and can see how fun it was!

    This evening we're off on a guided night time walk to see all the surrounding wildlife. And tomorrow we're getting a 6am bus to head straight back to beach terrain - withdrawal symptoms are starting to set in!
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  • So we arrived in Costa Rica! Unfortunately our sneaky money saving border crossing plans did NOT work out as expected. Silly gringos that we are ended up straight on the tourist shuttle bus without even realising it... It was a little hairy at times; at one point we were stumbling/falling down a slippery muddy river bank whilst carrying all of our bags, then loaded onto an old rickety boat to cross a muddy river. That was easier than paying a small fee to use the bridge above (apparently!) but we arrived safely and that's the main thing, right?

    The last 3 days have been spent in Puerto Viejo, a small, lazy beach town with plenty of cheap Caribbean food and reggae beats booming on the beach. We have enjoyed lots of 'casado' plates - slow-cooked jerk chicken with rice and beans, salad and fried plantain. Our favourite beach was 'Manzanillo', a 13km bus ride south along the coast to an even more lazy vibe and empty stretches of sand. This morning we visited a local animal rescue centre where injured and orphaned animals are looked after before being released back into the wild. Our favourites were the keel-billed toucan, who'd been illegally kept as a pet and had its tail feathered clipped, and of course the sloths!

    Off to San José tomorrow to brave the big city and retrieve Miss Rachel at the airport!
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