8.27.2014

15 Things To Do in Costa Rica

What to do in Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica
I am finally getting around to [sort of] recapping our Costa Rica honeymoon! It was such an amazing trip. I can't wait for traveling again with my husband in the future! He's the best adventure partner anyone could ask for. 
Costa Rica Stitch Fix Sunset

1. GO HIKING! If you haven't figured it out by now, we love to hike. The resort we were staying at had amazing hiking trails that overlooked the bay.
Costa Rica hiking ocean view
2. ZIP LINE. This was my first time zip lining and it was such a blast. I would HIGHLY suggest doing this on your visit!

Costa Rica Zip Line
Costa Rica Zip Line Costa Rica Zip Line
3. VISIT THE WALKING BRIDGES. We took a tour to the Monteverde region and went into the cloud forest. It was amazing. We walked eight bridges, many of which overlooked the tree canopies. It was also nice to get out of the heat for a day! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable which made our trip even more fun. 
Costa Rica Monteverde Walking Bridge Tour
Costa Rica Monteverde Walking Bridge Tour 
4. SWIM! I prefer the ocean, but the pools are also nice for sitting back and enjoying a few drinks. The good thing is- there are options!

Costa Rica Hilton Papagayo Pool
5. GO KAYAKING. The kayaking in Guanacaste is perfect, the water is so mellow! I wish we had a go-pro or something waterproof so we could have captured photos of us kayaking!

Costa Rica Beach
6. VISIT A COFFEE PLANTATION AND DRINK TOO MUCH COFFEE. That's pretty self explanatory. Their coffee is AMAZING and so cheap. I think you can bring something ridiculous like 30lbs in roasted coffee through customs? DO IT. Read more about the coffee HERE.

Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Tour
 7.  GO SNORKELING. Again, I desperately wish we had photos from this! The snorkeling was absolutely amazing!



8. WALK ON THE BEACH AT SUNSET (OR ANY TIME OF DAY REALLY). A mojito really makes it more enjoyable, I'm tellin' ya.
Costa Rica honeymoon
9. STALK THE LOCAL ANIMALS. So many animals! We saw iguanas, racoons, cats, a dog, lizards, birds, and so many others! I even touched this dude. Sadly, we didn't get to see a monkey, but we heard them! Definitely stalk a monkey.
Costa Rica Iguana Lizard 10. TAKE PHOTOS OF THE NATURE. Let's be real... My husband took all of these. So this should be "watch your husband take photos of the nature."

Costa Rica FlowersCosta Rica Fern
Butterfly Costa Rica
Costa Rica BeachButterfly
Humming Bird
11. ROCK CLIMB. I used to be a big indoor climber in college. Well, this experience showed me that those days are long gone because I was actually pretty terrified of this climb. But it was so beautiful!
Rock Climbing Colorado River Costa Rica
Colorado River Costa Rica

12. THREE THINGS IN THIS ORDER: SAUNA, MUD BATH, HOT SPRING. The sauna opens up your pores, the mud bath is full of antioxidants and minerals that leave your skin feeling like a baby's butt, and the hot spring is SO relaxing afterwards. I would suggest enjoying a Costa Rican beer while enjoying this last step.
Costa Rica Mud BathCosta Rica Mud Bath
Costa Rica Mud Bath
13. EXPLORE NEARBY BEACH TOWNS. We visited Playa del Coco (Coco Beach) which was just a short drive from our hotel. It was really fun to see the local culture and do a little wandering around town.
Playa Del Coco Costa Rica
14. TRY THE LOCAL CUISINE (AND BEVERAGES). Yes we ate a lot of rice and beans, but we also discovered SWEET PLANTAINS (I can't even), and lots of other tasty food! Also, per Kelli's suggestion I tried a Dirty Monkey drink (similar here. use rum instead of vodka) and I really wish I hadn't because now I want them all. the. time.
15.  BREAK DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. Just kidding, don't do that. Trust us, it's not fun! Well.. unless you want to meet the local police that is.




Which activity sounds most appealing to you? Have you ever been to Costa Rica?

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25 comments :

  1. OK! I totally know where I want to go next. The pictures are gorgeous. I can only imagine what it's like in real life. #amazing

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  2. RIGHT?! It's AMAZING put it on your list for sure!

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  3. Now all I have to do is get there! lol Love this recap.

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  4. How pretty! Looks like you guys definitely had an amazing time and took full advantage of your time there :) You fit in everything!

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  5. Oh my gosh words cannot even express!!!!!

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  6. Oh my gosh. Get me on a plane right now!!! Definitely saving this list for the future. We almost went to Costa Rica on our honeymoon and now I'm really wishing we had! Haha

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  7. see - y'all ENJOYED and really soaked up your time there, and i love that. explore, explore, EXPLORE!

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  8. Oh goodness! You should definitely go, it was amazinggggg!

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  9. Yes we did! I never need an excuse to explore :)

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  10. This looks so fun! We have never been out of the country but it is for sure on our bucket list!

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  11. I've always wanted to zip line! It looks so fun!

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  12. Great post and photos Costa Rica was a blast, looks like you fully enjoyed it as well!

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  13. Girl you have got to go!! It's amazing

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  14. It was so. Much. Fun!! A little terrifying to go upside down though!!!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by Shey! We really enjoyed looking at some of your photos this morning too!!

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  16. Ahhh! So sorry I've been behind on my blog reading! I LOOOOOVE this post! Oh I miss Costa Rica!! Y'all did SO much! I'm impressed. Love that y'all did the mud bath thing :-p and hiking and the swing bridge! Our hike was good but so wet so kind of tough. And I'm so so happy that you tried a Dirty Monkey :) Did I tell you that we bought Centenario Rum, Costa Rican Creme Liqueur and Costa Rican Coffee Liqueur so that we can make them at home?? Yep. We loved them! Glad your honeymoon was such a blast!

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  17. P.S. How do you always get such great photos even when the two of you are in them?!

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  18. Don't worry about it you have had so much going on lately! We definitely did a lot and had a great time!

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  19. We went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon too! It was magical! What resort were you at?? We were in Guanacoste province as well at the paradisus resort. And I think we went to the same hot springs/mud bath you guys did!

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  20. How cool! We stayed at the hilton papagayo!

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  21. I'm with you on the coffee too! I've never had better coffee and we had it with every meal :) We brought back 6 bags but gave most of it away to people.. boo

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  22. We brought back a ton too! We kept two bags and JUST finished them :(

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  23. Your honeymoon looked amazing! And now I basically want to be in Costa Rica right now.

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  24. It was so amazing- we can't wait to go back!

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