Costa Rica | Playa Junquillal

While we spent part one of our Costa Rican adventure in the mountains of Monteverde, we spent part two on the beaches of Playa Junquillal. I found a random little hotel, Hotel Iguanazul, which was about four hours from the San Jose airport, three hours from Monteverde and an hour from Playas del Coco

Costa Rica | Hotel El Establo

Despite our difficulty arriving to Monteverde, when we finally did make it up that mountain (again) to Hotel El Establo, it was well worth the trip. Hotel El Establo began like the rest of Monteverde, with the settlement of Quakers from the U.S. during the Korean War. One family decided to convert its farm’s stable intoContinue reading “Costa Rica | Hotel El Establo”

Costa Rica | Buceo en Golfo de Papagayo

From hiking in a cloud forest and ziplining through the trees one day to scuba diving the next, our trip to Costa Rica really was two vacations in one. And on our last full day, Kail and I did our first “real” (in the ocean) buceo. It was very exciting!

Costa Rica | Canopy

Even though ziplining, or “canopy,” is popular in El Salvador, Kail and I had never been. Well, canopy is even more popular in Costa Rica, so we decided to finally give it a try. And I’m glad we did! I wore my GoPro on my head and was able to capture some pretty cool video and photos —Continue reading “Costa Rica | Canopy”

Costa Rica | Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

I was not a “hiking person” before I met Kail — at least, I didn’t know I was. Turns out, I love a good hike. Trudging through the rain, up a rocky volcano, across a lava field — you name it. Hiking in Costa Rica‘s beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was no exception. There is something very peaceful —Continue reading “Costa Rica | Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve”

Semana Santa in Costa Rica

Since Thursday and Friday were holidays in El Salvador for Semana Santa, Kail and I took advantage of the long weekend for a trip to Costa Rica. We did a little hiking, a little ziplining, a little scuba diving and a lot of having an amazing time.