Spring Break 2015 in Costa Rica

Hi….I’m taking a break from the Peru posts.  I feel a little bored of them.

This past April, I took our 14 year old daughter to Costa Rica.  And, as I have mentioned in the Peru posts, since 14 year old girls are completely incapable of going ANYWHERE by themselves, we brought a friend.  This friend was different than last year’s friend because another known fact about teenage girls is that usually friends from when you are 13 aren’t the same friends as when you’re 14.  But I digress….

Once again we used travel points that we’d earned from our business purchases to stay at a very nice resort.  We stayed in Guanacaste, Costa Rica after having landed at the Liberia airport.  It was less than an hour from the airport to our hotel which was on the Papagayo Bay of the Pacific.  The resort was a Hyatt property which I would recommend.  Here is the link:

http://papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Our room was very nice

our room

our room

Our Shower

Our Shower

and the staff was helpful and kind.  I did notice some ogling of the girls by some of the young male staff members…but in defense of the staff members, these girls paraded around in very small bikinis.  And the young men stopped staring as soon as I gave them the old-lady-stink-eye.

The surrounding area was beautiful. And we spent our first day snorkeling at the beach and exploring.

snorkeling

snorkeling

hammock on the beach

hammock on the beach

view of Papagayo Bay from a pavilion

view of Papagayo Bay from a pavilion

The second day was an adventure day.  We booked a tour we’d found through TripAdvisor with a fantastic  tour guide.  Our tour would include a stop at a waterfall, a zip-lining canopy tour, hiking through a rain forest, horse back riding and a dip in volcanic mud baths….all for a super reasonable cost, and with lunch included!

First Stop:  The waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

We swam out to the falls and climbed under them.  The only picture I have of this features a stranger’s rear end.  So you’ll just have to imagine us swimming and climbing.

Next Stop: Zip Lining

Getting ready to zip line

Getting ready to zip line

No pics from the actual zip line tour…but it was awesome!  And then we found some puppies at the zip line hut afterwards.

Puppies at the Zip Lining Place

Puppies at the Zip Lining Place

Next Stop…Lunch.

The tour info described the lunch as ‘typical’.  For some reason this became a funny thing for us.

'Typical' lunch (grilled chicken, black beans, macaroni salad and cheese...delicious)

‘Typical’ lunch (grilled chicken, black beans, macaroni salad, rice and cheese…delicious)

Horseback riding

I dislike horse back riding, and made this clear to our guide.  As I result, I was given the most docile horse to ride.  I swear I could have hopped off his back and walked faster!

Horseback riding

Horseback riding

Rain Forest Hike

Rain Forest

Rain Forest

Mud Bath

The area in Costa Rica where we stayed has many active volcanoes.  The mud bath was part of a sulfur vent associated with one of these volcanoes.

sulfur vent

sulfur vent

wallowing in the mud bath

wallowing in the mud bath

 

After the mud bath, we rinsed off under human shaped water fountains.  The water spurted out of the male part of one of the fountains, which was pretty humorous to all of us!

The whole day was a fantastic adventure!  I’d highly recommend our tour guide and his tour company for an awesome day at reasonable prices.

http://www.costaazultravels.com

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6 thoughts on “Spring Break 2015 in Costa Rica

    1. Rebecca Royy Post author

      I am pretty sure that you would enjoy it I’d you went…the scenery is beautiful, the people are very friendly. And there is a lot to do. We did find that it was hot as hades in the afternoon. And if you do go, and want to run, leave at the crack of dawn!

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  1. Run Wright

    That looks like a great memory to share with your daughter and the friend she had to bring with her to make it okay to vacation with Mom 🙂
    I am looking forward to trying zip lining sometime soon too.

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