Monteverde – Must Do’s in The Cloud Forest

Arriving in Monteverde, we truly felt like we were up in the clouds. As a cloud forest, Monteverde sits at a higher elevation, which is moister and has much cooler temperatures than near the coast. The climate of the cloud forest allows for denser forest and interesting flora, making it a beautiful place to visit.…

Jaco & Tacos – A Must Stop in Costa Rica

The town of Jaco was a stop we made for lunch on our way from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. It’s a coastal town big on surfing that gave us a beautiful preview of what the beaches of Manuel Antonio would be like. After walking along the beach, and checking out some shops, we headed to…

Nothing’s Waterproof in the Rainforest

We knowingly booked a trip to Costa Rica in the rainy season to cut expenses, so it was a given we needed rain gear. My Northface rain shell held up really well in some wind and rain on the coasts of Ireland, so I assumed it was all I needed. We also both purchased Merrell waterproof…

Visiting the Damas Island Mangrove, Costa Rica

We were becoming a bit discouraged as rain overwhelmed the last couple of days in Costa Rica. We spent three nights at the final stop of our trip in Manuel Antonio. Luckily, on our last full day, the rain held long enough for us to enjoy one last unforgettable experience. We took a boat tour…

La Fortuna, Costa Rica: A Quick Stop Near the Volcano

Before hiking at Arenal National Park, we stopped in La Fortuna. The city was named “The Fortunate” after volcanic eruptions destroyed the surrounding villages in 1968. We were only there for a few hours, but had enough time to walk the city from end to end, hit a few shops, and enjoy lunch at an outdoor…

Arenal Volcano National Park

After arriving and spending the night in San Jose, our first stop in Costa Rica was the Arenal Volcano in Alajuela. As we approached and saw it from a distance, our excitement grew. I had looked at pictures of the volcano before our trip, but I never imagined how magnificent it would look in person.…