Monday, September 20, 2010

Heading Back to Costa Rica?

Several years ago I went to Costa Rica with a friend of mine. Neither my husband nor hers were interested in the trip so we decided to head off on our own. We had a wonderful time. The trip was great. The country was great. We loved the scenery and the wildlife. She was fascinated by the sloths in Manual Antonio National Park. I thought the beach there was one of the best I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to plenty.

The boat trip to Tortuguero was fascinating. We saw loads of wildlife along the river. The town itself was so tiny but we still managed to find places to shop. I loved the hot springs near Arenal although I admit that wasn’t my friend’s favorite stop. But the next day she had her chance to climb though bat caves (not exactly my thing) so she was happy with our stay in La Fortuna. And speaking of shopping, we though La Fortuna was the best place with loads of shops and great prices.

So why am I reminiscing about that trip? Because I really think my husband made a mistake not coming with us. He is very much into nature photography, both wildlife and scenery, and the opportunities in Costa Rica proved endless. From the beautiful birds in the Monteverde cloud forest to the slow moving sloths at Manual Antonio, from the Atlantic coast over beautiful mountains to the Pacific, Costa Rica is a nature photographer’s dream.

So I’m thinking about looking at what Costa Rica vacations might be available for just the two of us. While group tours can be great and certainly worked for my friend and I, at this point in our lives my husband and I love traveling at our own pace. Plus, I have to admit that while the trip was fantastic and we’ve used that tour company again, I think I’m ready to travel using luxury hotels and being pampered just a bit. We are getting older and sleeping in bunk beds in rooms without air conditioning just doesn’t quite work for us anymore.

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