• Kathy Kelly Nesbitt

Costa Rica - Pura Vida!




Costa Rica is a personal favorite of mine! Pura Vida means “pure life” or “simple life", however its more then just a phrase - it is a way of life in Costa Rica. I landed in this country several years ago and never tire of visiting. It can be experienced in a very casual method - on your own with very little set plans or with everything planned for you to experience the best of the country and the hidden gems. Others escape to the All-Inclusive resorts scattered along the coast lines and still others go for the spectacular fishing opportunities.


Grap your map and check out these road trips! Even if "on your own" isn't your travel style, this will give you some insight into this amazing country. You haven't lived unless you've had at least one road trip in a tropical country. Costa Rica is home to the most picturesque scenery and vibrant culture. Go beyond typical tourism by renting a car and hitting the road to explore the many sights of Costa Rica. We give you some Costa Rican road trip suggestions.


San José to La Fortuna


If you're arriving in San José and taking a trip to La Fortuna, you'll find that the drive is smooth and easy despite its curvy road. This trip ensures views of the beautiful national parks and stunning exotic wildlife. The Arenal Volcano is a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the world's top active volcanoes and erupts once a day. Getting a glimpse of red-hot lava and columns of ash is an invaluable experience. After a long day of taking in the country's beauty, rest at the Arenal Observatory Lodge or grab a bite at the Lava Lounge Bar and Grill.


Monteverde to Playa Grande


Although the journey from Monteverde to Playa Grande is bumpy and steep, with roads being riddled with potholes, gorgeous beaches and visits from the majestic sea turtles are a sweet treat to many. Playa Grande is home to the Leatherback Sea Turtles. They lay eggs and build nests between October and March, and between April and September, the eggs hatch, and thousands of baby turtles hobble their way into the ocean. To witness this beautiful scene and get up close and personal with these sea creatures, arrange a tour at Las Balulas National Park. Stay at the charming Hotel Las Tortugas, where you can take in views of the sunset from your room.


Tamarindo to Santa Teresa


While the drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa is not the smoothest, you are rewarded with breathtaking landscapes. Take a break from sightseeing and stop at one of the sopas (small restaurants) and indulge in authentic Costa Rican cuisine, from empanadas to patacones (deep-fried, flattened plantains). Additionally, Santa Teresa is the perfect destination for both relaxation and leisure. Its idyllic white-sand beaches are great for laying down a mat doing yoga or grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave. Continue your relaxation at the laid-back Hotel Tropico Latino, where you can enjoy a full-service spa.


If you are ready to experience this Tropical Paradise, contact us today to get your travel experience started. Life is too precious to wait - explore and enjoy! All things Land or Sea...contact me!