I know I posted photos on my Instagram (@lavidalisa_) during my spring break trip to Costa Rica, but I thought I would share what I did each day and some photos that didn’t make the grid!
Day One: On the first full day in Costa Rica, we went on an excursion. We went zip-lining through a rainforest in San Luis. This was my first time zip-lining or doing anything like this, so at first I was pretty anxious! However, I soon realized that I really enjoyed the adrenaline rush. After returning from the excursion, we went back to the hostel I was staying in, ran some errands because we forgot a towel (rookie mistake, I know) and then enjoyed dinner in San Jose.
Day Two: Day two was much longer than we expected it to be! Our day started off around 7am when we got picked up for a full-day excursion. The first stop was in La Fortuna where we stopped for a short amount of time to see the largest Ox cart and see a beautiful church. We then drove about two hours or so to see one of the six active volcanoes in Costa Rica, volcano Arenal. This was an amazing view! It was so crazy to see smoke coming out of the top of the volcano and knowing that it is still active! The last time Arenal erupted was in 2010, so I tried not to think about that too much.
The next stop was Tabacon hot springs. These hot springs were so relaxing, and honestly, quite romantic! There were over 20 different hot springs you could go into and they were all fairly secluded so you could enjoy the spring with your small group (perfect for a few IG pictures). After the hot springs we had dinner at the hotel and headed back to San Jose.
Day Three: This day we made an impulse decision to go to the coast one day early. The friend I as traveling with was leaving sooner than I was so we decided it was best to move on from San Jose. We took a two hour bus ride to Puntarenas and enjoyed the resort life! This was a nice change from the hostel to say the least. The first day we just walked along the beach and laid by the pool before going to dinner.
Day Four: I will be honest, we did nothing more than lay by the pool, take IG pictures and enjoy a few cocktails this day. 🙂
Day Five: We spent the first part of the day at the resort in Puntarenas and then headed back to San Jose. Once we got back to San Jose, we went for a coffee and a late lunch before my friend had to head back to the states!
Day Six: This was one of my favorite days on the trip. Whenever I travel, I really try to do at least a day on my own. I decided to go to the National Museum of Costa Rica which was about a 25 minute walk from the hostel (I only had a printed map and found my way!). After spending some time there, I moved over to the market where I bought way too much but loved helping the local economy! Then I had my last traditional Costa Rican meal, went to the park and had some mango with hot sauce (so good, omg!) and went back to the hostel to finish up packing and to lay in a hammock before it was time to leave.
Overall, I had an amazing trip. There were some aspects that I wish I would have planned better, but I am the type of person that likes to go with whatever I am feeling that day. The other thing that I thoroughly enjoyed (and always do) was practicing my Spanish. I love going to a Spanish speaking country as a tourist and being able to communicate in their native language, sometimes there is some confusion but the locals always love it when people at least TRY to speak to them in their native tongue.