Holy wow. Trying to fit all my memories from my trip to Costa Rica into one blog was tough. Pairing it down to just my favorites was no easy task because of all the beautiful places and memories, but here we are. A small glimpse into this solo trip in January! Oh how I wish I was there right now!
If you travel to Costa Rica…
1 – I’d highly recommend befriending some local people. Locals are all SUPER kind and genuine, but I probably found the best ones. Vale + Adrian were on their own vacation to the beautiful area of the Nicoya Peninsula when we met camping on the same grounds at Ko Glamping.
2 – Definitely stay at Ko Glamping. If you are down with nature and having a rustic experience, this is your place. Belen makes you breakfast every morning and you can walk down to the Montezuma River from the property. It’s a short drive to Montezuma Beach as well, which is a more populated area and very popular beach stop! Ko Glamping provides a canvas tent, outdoor bathroom amenities, and lots of beautiful wildlife.
3 – Traveling during dry season doesn’t guarantee a dry trip. I personally traveled on the western side of the country, but I crossed paths with other vacationers who had stayed in or around San Jose and they had some more wet experiences. It was my understanding that traveling to the coasts was a bit dryer. But do your own research because this could have just been an off year!
4 – The Caribbean side is said to be more sketchy. Now, I did not put that to the test, but I spoke with several locals that suggested the Caribbean side was a bit less safe, especially when traveling alone. Other than that though, I was only told positive thing about the safety of Costa Rica.
Ok, I’ll let the photos say the rest…
DAY 1 – From San Jose to Montezuma by bus and ferry.
•Total travel from MN to my airbnb: 31 hours. Never again•
•Befriended Santiago who was on my shuttle from San Jose to Montezuma, and he played his guitar on the ferry•
DAY 2 – Ko Glamping on the Montezuma River
Breakfast by Belen • Adventuring down to the Montezuma Waterfalls • Montezuma Beach with new friends Adrian + Valeria
DAY 3 – Exploring (napping on) the beaches in Santa Teresa
DAY 4 – Off to Cabuya: Howler Monkey Hotel
Ocean-side a-frame cabina all to myself
DAY 5 – Exploring a low-tide island with a cemetery on it
I’ve never seen a boat graveyard before
DAY 6 – Pool-side book reading and onto the next location via ferry
The sunset photos took place over 10 minutes. It was wild.
DAY 7+8 – Garden heaven in Atenas
Ok. one last thing. Valeria introduced me to Guanabana, or what I JUST realized is a paw paw from the Jungle Book song, “when you pick a paw paw, or a prickly pear”. Yeah, thats the one. They are MASSIVE – size of a head, and are super weird to eat. Slimy and a little sweet, a little salty. But a treat either way. I said it tasted like it would be good with bacon and Adrian and Valeria gave me the weirdest look.
I traded photos for a future stay at Ko Glamping so I’ll be back.
Let me know if you want to be my travel buddy and share my tent when I go : )
Until next time sweet friend.
Thanks Keely, Valeria, Adrian, Jimmy, and Lena for taking photos of me so I could prove I was actually on this trip : )
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