What to Pack for Costa Rica

When we went to Costa Rica I had never been anywhere tropical before.  I was at a bit of a loss for what we should pack.  I knew that we planned to spend a lot of time basking in the sun but I also knew that we really wanted to get out and explore. This […]

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Hummingbird Garden Costa Rica

Playa Grande

While we were in Costa Rica we visited a number of beaches.  I was really surprised by the lack of shells.  Somehow, I never imagined Costa Rica as a rocky beach sort of place, but more of a powdery sand and seashell kind of place.  I mentioned this to someone at the resort we were […]

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Playa Grande

Palo Verde Parque Nacional Part II: Water

The boat ride from Palo Verde was amazing.  The best $50 we ever spent.  The muddy water hid all kinds of treasures and ferocious creatures.  The vegetation along the Tempisque River was home to monkeys, iguanas, and  numerous kinds of birds. Our guides came from humble beginnings–they were not your average tour company, showing up […]

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Great Green-Faced Egret

Palo Verde Parque Nacional Part I: Land

Writing this post and looking through pictures from this place makes me want to pack my bags and hop on the next plane to Costa Rica.  Palo Verde National Park was amazing.  It was by far the most wildlife that we experienced in one place while we were on our trip.  Our first day in Guanacaste […]

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Iguana in Palo Verde National Park

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica & the All-Inclusive Experience

The last leg of our trip in Costa Rica we stayed in Guanacaste.  We thought it would be good to wind down by the beach for a few days before we headed home.  We decided to stay at an all-inclusive resort for the first time.  Typically at an all-inclusive resort your room, food, beverages (alcoholic […]

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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica