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.
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!