20 Photos That Will Make You Pack Your Bags for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a gorgeous country nestled in the middle of Central America. It’s the perfect balance between lush rainforests and beach towns. It’s been said that Costa Rica has the most beautiful beaches in the world! Whether you’ve come for adventure or to relax by the ocean, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Costa Rica!   Zipling through the rainforest in Monteverde 2. Watching the sunset from the rooftop in Jaco 3. Monkey spotting in Manuel Antonio. How cute is this mom and baby?! 4. In Tilaran, on the road between La Fortuna and Monteverde 5. Catching […]

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How We Spent One Night in Jaco

Heads up: This is post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own. We emerged from the rainforest greeted by paved roads and a warm breeze. Coconut stands began to pop up on the side of the road until you could see them as often as a Starbucks in Seattle. We had officially made it to the beach towns of Costa Rica. Jaco was a 3 hour drive from Monteverde but it […]

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Getting Around in Costa Rica: Rent a Car or Take a Shuttle?

Costa Rica is a gorgeous country with lots to see! You’ll want to tackle both the rainforest and their gorgeous beaches but getting from one to the other can be tricky. You can take a shuttle, rent a car, or do a little bit of both! Check out my guide to all of the options and make the best choice for you.   1. Rent a Car   I read a ton of articles that recommended, insisted and borderline demanded that we rent a 4×4. Renting a 4×4 is of course going to be a bit more expensive than your […]

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Your Ultimate Guide to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Just over an hour south of Jaco lies the breathtaking town of Manuel Antonio. This town is home to gorgeous beaches and tons of wildlife!  It also happens to be where we had the best food on our entire trip! Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own.   Where to Stay   There are a variety of hotels, hostels and airbnb’s that are really close to the […]

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10 Items You Must Pack For Costa Rica

Whether you’re heading to the beach or venturing to the rainforest, there are certain things you should consider packing for your trip to Costa Rica! As an avid backpack only traveler I promise they won’t take up much room! But, they will improve your adventures and make it more comfortable! Heads up: This is post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own. 1. OFF Bug Spray Costa Rica is in a […]

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Monteverde Vs. La Fortuna Arenal Volcano

So you want to check out Costa Rica’s rainforest?! Before we left for our trip I did my research and kept seeing the same two spots over and over. Monteverde and Arenal Volcano (La Fortuna). Both are similar in what they offer but are two very different experiences!   Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own.   The Weather   We visited in January and heard the […]

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Selvatura Park in The Monteverde Cloud Forest

Selvatura Park is an expansive collection of exhibits and activities in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Is it a tourist trap? Absolutely. But, it’s like a one stop shop for everything you want to do in the Costa Rican rainforest! It’s convenient and you don’t have to waste time driving all over town because everything you want to do is in one place.   We experienced almost everything this park had to offer. There are certain parts of the park I absolutely recommend and others you might want to skip and experience elsewhere. Here’s my top “must dos” for Selvatura Park! […]

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Costa Rica: 8 Day Itinerary

Costa Rica is roughly the size of West Virginia but has so much diversity packed in! From gorgeous undeveloped beaches to the national parks dense with exotic plants and wildlife, it’s sure to be a trip you won’t forget! This 8 day itinerary will expose you to the depths of the rainforest and the Pacific coast.   Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own. Day 0: Arrive in […]

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Top 10 Savings Tips for International Travel

Whether it’s exchanging money in the wrong place or asking a foreign stranger for help and getting taken for a ride. There’s so many ways to lose track of your budget! International travel can be riddled with hidden fees and unexpected expenses. Being informed is the best way to keep your budget in check so learn from my mistakes by checking out my top 10 savings tips! Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and […]

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