Monday, August 22, 2011

Pura Vida

I'm back from Costa Rica! Oh man, what an amazing trip that was.

My family stayed in Jaco, an awesome little beach town on the Pacific coast. We were in a condo right on the beach, and we all spent a lot of time lounging at the pool, drinking coffee on our balcony, frolicking at the beach, and wandering around town. It was a most excellent vacation, and the perfect way to end my summer break.*

Anyway, I thought I would just share some photos from my trip. I'm not really a photographer, and I don't think these pics get anywhere close to capturing the beauty of this amazing place. Costa Rica is paradise on Earth. We met so many Americans there who came down for a surf trip or a visit and just never went back. Let me tell you, I can totally see why, and I would not really be too against doing that myself. I loved ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING about this country.

This was the view from our condo. I woke up to this every morning, and spent at least an hour drinking my coffee and staring at this view.

It wasn't all that hot, but it was VERY humid, as you can see from my foggy camera. We went during the rainy season and had a few gnarly thunderstorms. 

Taking a boat out to Isla Tortuga. The pineapple in Costa Rica is KILLER. I could have lived on pineapple.

Isla Tortuga. We snorkeled here and jet skiied and lounged on the beach. It was beautiful.

A three-toed sloth! Looking right at me! We saw him at Manuel Antonio National Park, along with howler monkeys, deadly spiders, a boa, lots of crabs, and all sorts of other creatures. This guy was my favorite. (I got this picture through a little scope, that's why there is the black circle around him.)

Walking through Manuel Antonio after taking a dip in the ocean. This is right after a raccoon came up behind my mom and grabbed my bag and ran off with it. Luckily it was just my trash bag and not my bag with my camera, money, etc. I swear, I wasn't trying to litter! The raccoon stole my trash!

The beach in front of our condo where I spent most of my time. Look how deserted it was on this day! We were literally the only people out there! (Those are logs behind me, not other people.) The sand here is black because of volcanic ash.

I couldn't leave the jungle without going ziplining!

The view of Jaco from the top of the mountain where we started ziplining

There I go! It was so much fun, and the views of the jungle and the beach were incredible. 

And it just wouldn't be me if I didn't make friends with a beach dog. This little girl belonged to the guy who ran the surf school, but she would come sit down with me every time I was on the beach. She was so sweet! There were so many sweet dogs all over the place, and they loved to play in the water!

So, now I'm back to reality. I'm in my classroom and preparing for students. But in my mind I'm still in Costa Rica, still on that beach, still sitting on that balcony. It's tough to leave that behind and get back to the real world.

*Yup, summer is over. School starts on Thursday!


  1. Sounds like so much fun! Missed you around the internet though!

  2. I love vacation photos... so glad you shared! It looks like you had a blast, and Costa Rica is gorgeous... adding it to my Places-To-See list now. :)

    Good luck with the first days of school. I'll be thinking of you!

  3. That looks like an awesome vacation--what a great way to end the summer! I spent a week in Tamarindo last year, but I would love to go back.

  4. JEALOUS! Glad you had such a great time, though. :)

  5. It looks and sounds amazing! I need to make a trip there some day. :)

  6. You should submit that "abandoned beach" photo to some photo websites - it's really quite good.

  7. Pictures look amazing! Glad you had a great vacation!

  8. It looks like I can post comments again!

    Loved seeing the pictures from your trip. I've never been to Costa Rica, but I'd love to go! Ziplining looks like fun.

  9. Wow, looks like just an incredible vacation. Thank you for sharing these pics--it truly looks amazing.