My Trip to Costa Rica

Costa Rica was an absolute dream. I loved it so much. I knew I would like it but I didn’t realize how much I would love it. I loved everything about it, the food, the people, the weather, the scenery, the intimacy, the animals…everything! Lets break this trip down. (see bottom of page for Itinerary)


I do not speak Spanish well at all. I know a few words here and there. I used the free app¬†Duolingo to learn basic Spanish before I went. This was actually very helpful. I experienced¬†a good mix¬†of people knowing English and not knowing English. Most of the people we interacted with did have basic English words down and I had basic Spanish words down. This was enough to get me through without too much trouble. There were hiccups here and there but nothing major or damaging. What was consistent though was that everyone was extremely nice and even though we did not speak the same language, I found that anyone I met or interacted with was friendly, sweet and willing to help out with directions, etc… as best they could.


My boyfriend and I decided not to rent a car and instead use a car service that drives you from point A to your far away destination of point B. They come and pick you up and will drive you to your next destination, even if it is 6 hours away and it is usually around $50. It was so worth it to not deal with the stress of directions and the bumpy roads which would have made me nervous to drive on. There were a few times that I feared for my life because the driver was talking on his phone or not looking at the road but ya know…you get what you pay for I suppose. The two car services we used were: Desafio¬†& Montezuma Expeditions


As for the food, I have been trying to go vegetarian and I thought this would be an issue in another country but it wasn’t at all. I did have chicken here and there but there was endless supply of veggies and rice and a bunch of yummy other things. The plantains were out of this world and I swear Costa Rica has the best tomatoes I have ever tasted in my life. Look at all of this deliciousness! Everything tasted so fresh. I miss the food a lot.

1422600_10201883317948637_4852569404495853835_n 10256086_10201883310988463_5616003608499210351_n 10303945_10201883298708156_3960737340874058589_n

First few days of the trip: Cabuya

For the first part of our trip we went to Cabuya, which was a 6 hour drive from San Jose airport. We went there for a wedding. I absolutely loved it. Cabuya had so much to offer…so much so, that I did not even get to do everything I wanted to! We stayed at my friend’s mother’s spa, Gentle Earth Retreats. This place was incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend it! My friend’s wedding took place on this property. It was a dream location for a wedding.

10258622_10201883291307971_1376853513589033787_n 10269550_10201883291507976_3437324967880225413_n10157209_10201883292427999_6663841549182260277_n 10153988_10201883293468025_1709817417304948902_n10308437_10201883293828034_1537128603930645273_n

This is the adorable place we ate at each morning. It was a 5 minute walk from Gentle Earth Retreats.


The woman that helped us each morning was so sweet and the food was amazing.

The first big adventure we took in Cabuya was snorkeling on Toruga Island. Now this was a fantastic deal we got through Gentle Earth Retreats. We spent about 2 hours on a boat to the island. Went snorkeling for a few hours, spent a few hours lounging on the island with food provided for us and then the boat ride back. This was only $45!!! Incredible deal. This was one of my favorite days in Costa Rica.

(Hard to see but we saw a whale shark!)


10245290_10201883314068540_2891620023964634830_n 10255700_10201883314428549_5461940976344674744_n 10295741_10201883311508476_7164377243201865294_n

pig Untitled

I¬†also highly¬†recommend hiking at Cabo Blanco. We hiked 2 hours through a beautiful, monkey filled jungle to a beach. Because it is a 2 hour hike to the beach, there were barely any people on it. Warning,¬†the 2 hour hike back after sitting in the sun for hours was pretty horrific. There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it but¬†just pack plenty of water and snacks and suffer through because trust me, it was SO worth it!



Next stop…Monteverde!

We took Montezuma expeditions from Cabuya to Moneverde. This was about a 5-6 hour drive. They picked us up right from Gentle Earth Retreats and dropped us off at our adorable hotel, Las Orquideas. We only stayed here one night. It cost us around $50 for the night. The two women that worked there did not speak good English and I do not speak good Spanish but that did not stop them from helping us out and trying to talk with us. They were super sweet and they cooked us a dynamite breakfast. There was a fantastic view in the back but it was so windy and up high that I was a little scared!

1488301_10201883454752057_6166881803385186041_n  10155392_10201883445831834_889965523323287440_n

After checking into our hotel we went zip lining through Sky Trek. We had previously made a reservation. I was very afraid and was tearing up but our two guides were so nice and comforting. One of them told me to just try it once with him and if I didn’t think I could do it they would let me down at the next stop. I got on the zip line with him and he encouraged me to scream and just let it all out. I was screaming so much that I ended up laughing a lot. I ended up sticking with it and made some cool friends! (We still keep in touch on FaceBook!)



After Zip Lining we walked around on a path in the forest. It was beautiful. I saw so many gorgeous flowers and we heard a lot of birds chirping.

734574_10201883428031389_2361849218249628001_n 1530574_10201883427871385_6707557186862543145_n 1902943_10201883429391423_6755239627825705920_n 1908277_10201883442111741_6911192194482230196_n 10001449_10201883430111441_2808244486636768641_n 10155024_10201883429471425_7230527652083656102_n 10295772_10201883431871485_496062231004576661_n
After Zip Lining we walked to town from our Hotel. We took a flashlight which was smart because it was very dark. It was only around a 10 minute walk. We went into cool shops and bought some souvenirs. We ate dinner at this amazing tree top restaurant. The food and atmosphere were amazing.

10253848_10201883453192018_649328282865052221_n 1491578_10201883452552002_5792140773262732040_n1010717_10201883449671930_5569965248143551841_n10295776_10201883450951962_9148645942114685201_n  10178153_10201883451431974_6288069573792855944_n  10268618_10201883451311971_143993377902798506_n10169287_10201883451711981_2519318334008490217_n

After our adventures in Monteverde, we were off to La Fortuna. We used Desafio¬†‘s taxi-boat-taxi service to get to La Fortuna. Not only was it easy and convenient for us but it was a fun experience in itself. We had a lot of fun on the boat and we caught such gorgeous views the entire way.




Baldi Springs¬†was an absolute dream. We had arrived on a Sunday so we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves. While Baldi Springs was super expensive ($200 per night! Yikes!) we only stayed one night. We checked in right at¬† check in time and checked out the next day as late as possible to get our money’s worth. Breakfast was complimentary and it was delicious. Other meals were very reasonably priced. I was scared they would be super expensive but they weren’t. Phew!

This was the end of our trip. By this time we were exhausted. We had plans to venture out and experience the natural hot springs around this area…they are everywhere! We also wanted to do a walking tour up Arenal Volcano but we were pooped! We ended up just lounging by the different pools all day at Baldi and going on the slides repeatedly, which was so much fun! I wish we had more time to spend in this area. We did not get to explore which I would have liked to do. Baldi Springs truly was a paradise. I wish I could live there. I highly recommend it!



1382349_10201883485512826_6396603537531520359_n 1491719_10201883503713281_6767470231459594782_n 1897718_10201883469752432_8288104010396396223_n  10171137_10201883476352597_5603654691834262708_n 10264779_10201883481272720_9136664646710055858_n  10273674_10201883491592978_739592411649788549_n 10294479_10201883479112666_7754582023226519662_n

This was my first travel post. I hope you enjoyed it! There will be more to come ‚̧

Costa Rica Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Flight¬†to San Jose
  • 6 hour drive to Gentle Earth Retreats. Cabuya, Costa Rica

Day 2:

  • Tortuga Island tour-9am-3pm
  • Bar in Montezuma

Day 3:

  • Cabo Blanco hike

Day 4:

  • Cabuya to Monteverde: 5.5 hours by Montezuma Expeditions
  • Check in: Las Orquideas
  • Zip lining and hiking at Monteverde Cloud forest:
    • 1pm -5:30pm skytrek+skytram+skywalk $96 including transport

Day 5:

  • On our way to La Fortuna: Baldi Springs
  • Taxi-boat-taxi $32 (3 hrs) desafio
  • Check in: baldi hot springs

Day 6:

  • La Fortuna to San Jose by shuttle $50
  • check in-
    • St. 2 and Ave. 4 50mts west from Popular BanK, Downtown Alajuela, Next to Juan Santamaria Park. Costa Rica Calle 2 & Ave 4. 50 mts Oeste del Banco Popular. Alajuela Centro, al lado del Parque Juan Santamar√≠a. Alajuela Centro, Costa Rica.

Emergency Info:

The telephone number of the Quepos Hospital is tel. 2777-0922. In the event of an emergency, you can also call the Cruz Roja (Red Cross; tel. 2777-0116). For the local police, call tel. 2777-1511. USA Embassy: 2220-3939; carretera a pavas

San Jose:

  • police 2222-9330
  • clinica biblica – 2522-1000 ¬†– top private clinic in downtown area
  • hospital la catolica – 2246-3000 ¬†– pricey private clinic northeast of downtown
  • hospital san juan de dios – 2257-6282 – free public hospital

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s