Sunday, August 24, 2014

Costa Rica

Where do I start? Patty and I boy recently got back from one amazing vacation-- Costa Rica! We had been planning this trip for almost a year and there was a lot of anticipation leading up to it, mainly because this was going to be much different than any trip we'd ever been on. Pat and I have traveled quite a bit since we've been married- Aruba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Grand Turk, Bahamas, but these were all the types of trips to "lay on the beach and relax." This trip was going to be exploring, spontaneous, adventurous...all of the things this girl is not. But marriage is about compromise right?! Don't get me wrong, I was SO excited to have the opportunity to explore this absolutely beautiful country but I was having major anxiety about all of the exciting scary things I would be doing. BUT it was a success, we came back alive, and I overcame some major fears, and checked a few things off the bucket list. Will I ever zip line again? Heck no, but I can say I did it:)

Tamarindo - A small beach town south of Papagayo where we first stayed.
Amazing beach, amazing food, and amazing weather!

Tamarindo Beach

Dinner first night at resort- Hilton Papagayo

Food was AMAZING!

Coffee love! It is true coffee is MUCH better/fresher in Costa Rica, as to why I came home with 10 bags:)

Hilton Papagayo- beautiful!

Massage on the beach = a must for everyone. SO PEACEFUL!

Private beach at the resort we stumbled upon

The next  stop was in La Fortuna. We made the drive down from Papagayo and rented this cute little villa on a huge horse ranch. By far each of our favorites! (Our friend Henrietta:))

Amazing bedroom

Ahhhh this is the life!

Lava Lounge - our fav restaurant of the trip in La Fortuna

ATV excursion

We took the ATV's to these awesome hot springs. Walking down to the hot springs.

The hot springs were right in the middle of the jungle, so awesome!

Heading to dinner

Time for zip lining

A few of the zip lines we went across, the view of the waterfall was breathtaking!

Here I come!

Such a champ!

Almost 3 years with this guy, each year just gets better and better. Love him!



Arenal Volcano Hike

Hiking through the jungle with no guide...a little scary.

La Fortuna Waterfall, my favorite part of the entire trip.

Just gorgeous

Pool time at the villa

It rained most mornings/nights, the most peaceful rain.

View at our villa, ahhhhhh

I will forever remember this trip and the special memories Pat and I created! Despite the crazy roads, even crazier drivers, and all of the panic attacks I about had- it was the trip of a lifetime and I wouldn't have wanted to share it with anyone else!


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