COSTA RICA March 2014 – Next photo gallery is whitewater Rafting in the Balsa River, Costa Rica. Our first time rafting, and it was only a Class II/III, adventurous none the less! Johnny and I spent 17 days in Costa Rica. For 14 days we rented a little cabina just a few blocks from the shores of Lake Arenal in the pueblo of San Luis, just outside of Tilaran. This side of Lake Arenal is a little less populated (by tourists) a very quiet. The cabina was only $600 for the 2 weeks and it was a great base camp to go off and see the sights. During that two weeks we spent one night at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort a hot spring hotel in La Fortuna near the base of Volcano Arenal. The hot springs are amazing. While in Fortuna we also went ATVing in the area of Volcano Arenal. I’m a bit wreckless and when hot dogging it I accidental got thrown off the ATV and it flipped over on top of me. Very luckily, I only suffered a sore shoulder for about um..6 months 🙂 My next ATV ride will be a bit more sedate!
We took two days away from San Luis and headed to the Pacific Coast, a little village called Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula where we stayed at the cutest little hotel I’ve ever been to. Love it! Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. The hotel is only accessible by foot or by the hotel’s vehicle that goes along the beach to reach the hotel. The setting was awesome, the food very very nice. We could have stayed longer! Montezuma itself is a bit of an old hippy haven, not really my style of place but the surroundings are well worth the visit!
Renting a car for our entire Costa Rica trip was the smartest thing we did. It enabled us to go wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted. Johnny and I love ‘backroading’ and spent a good deal of time on narrow dusty, bump roads in the mountains (big hills) enjoying some incredibly scenery and seeing Costa Rican life from the inside. Our drive to Monteverde was our first major dirt road drive and well worth it! I’m from the Near North of Ontario Canada and quite accustomed to driving the dirt roads, so I got to drive, Johnny navigate!