Last week I got to know a new place in Costa Rica that I didn’t knew existed and I am already counting the days to be back there! Puerto San Luis is one little area in front of the Arenal Lagoon in Tilarán. Over there, you get to see the “Renewable Energy Area” of Costa Rica. It is all full of eolic wind mills and the landscape is just gorgeous! But that is not all, if you like kitesurfing, or wakeboarding, this is your place! I went wakeboarding the whole weekend and I just couldn’t get enough… the views, the sunsets, the colours, I don’t know… there was something about that place that just made me gasp of excitement! Continue reading “Puerto San Luis – Arenal Lagoon (Tilarán, Guanacaste)”
This little island is famous for having an environmental responsible growing community. I went there with a sea turtle project because we where exploring new foraging grounds for hawskbill turtles and because of a satellite transmitter on a adult sea turtle and some reports from the locals, this sounded like one. On my perspective, this is the kind of place you visit if you are into community support tourism, responsible fishing strategies and in general, if you appreciate local people and how they work, their artisan crafts, their way of living, etc. Lets call it, social tourism.
Basically, my favourite place in the whole planet! If you are into diving, this place is known to be one of the best spots in the world. Sharks, sharks, sharks and more sharks everywhere!!!! If you choose the right time, you can get to see over 1000 hammerhead sharks per dive…its amazing! This little island in the middle of the Eastern Pacific, is our country’s more precious jewel, as well as a UNESCO world heritage place, and a really important natural ecosystem where sharks from all over the pacific come to gather at clean stations. And, besides this really cool underwater experience, you have an amazing green and wild island, surrounded with waterfalls that make you feel like the island is crying! Its one of a kind, which explains why it was used in Jurassic Park as the island!!
The first thing you need to know is that when I speak of San Jose, or the city, I am actually referring to all the Great Metropolitan Area, which includes all of San Jose and a part of Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago. The most common place to stay of course, is San José, but if you are visiting family, you could end up on another part of the city. Knowing this, if you are on a business trip, sport tournament trip, or just visiting family, this will be a great guide for making your stay pleasant and avoid wasting your precious time in our country! If you just want to visit the city, you can go ahead and do it, but honestly, there are better places to visit (so don’t stay here long)! If you are travelling to San Jose to take some Spanish lessons, my recommendation, don’t. I mean, I am sure you can find other language academies on a beach or rainforest where the view is better. Continue reading “San Jose and vicinity (The Great Metropolitan Area)”
Take a couple of day to visit this impressive place near Upala, Guanacaste. After walking for about 2 h, you will arrive to a waterfall with an extraordinary light blue colour, product of the minerals on the rocks! If you keep walking, you will arrive at the baths and hot springs, where you see how the water changes its colour. Wonderful place, beautiful walk, totally recommended.
The Chirripo Mountain is the tallest Peak in Costa Rica. After walking about 14 km uphill (you better be trained or ready for it), you start to see a completely different and unique ecosystem, passing from the tropical rainforest green vegetation, to one with lighter colours like yellow and brownish… and yet, you can feel the place is so much alive! You start to feel like you are in a completely different country, its a different temperature, different scenery and different topography, it is so refreshing! The last 2 km (17km later), you start climbing the last peak and then you are there, 3820 m (12,533 ft) over the sea level, the tallest place in the country. It feels so satisfying! And if you walk in the early morning, and you get there before the sunrise, find a nice spot looking towards the Chirripo National Park Sign and wait to see one of the most amazing sunrises of your life! Continue reading “Chirripo Mountain”
Costa Rica is a beautiful small country, known as the happiest country in the world… which is totally explainable if you come and see it for yourself! The beaches are colourful and wonderful, we have huge rainforests holding approximately 5% of the world’s biodiversity (in such a small area), 5 active volcanoes, great food, no army and all kinds of services and activities. So if you love the beach, nature, or just feeling peaceful and relaxed, this is definitely your place. Continue reading “Costa Rica”
The reason I am talking about all of them together, is because if you go to one, you might as well go to all! Being one next to the other, this beaches are all really different. Rajada Beach is my personal favourite, having a refreshing breeze, a wonderful light blue ocean, surrounding vegetation that will make some shadow if you want it, white-yellowish sand, a lot of privacy and the best part: sea turtles! Next to it, you have El Jobo beach, which was just as beautiful as Rajada, but now it has an all-inclusive hotel on it, although it is still great for snorkeling, and watching sunsets and sea turtles. Copal beach is famous for kitesurfing. It is located on Salinas Bay, where the wind blows real hard, making it perfect to practice this sport, and gorgeous to look at. Junquillal is a small National Wildlife Refuge and a small beach that is great for camping and swimming. Cuajiniquil on the other side, is mostly a port, but if you want to go diving or snorkeling, this is a great place to do so, being able to see the biggest live coral formations we still have in our pacific ocean (excluding Cocos Island). Continue reading “La Cruz: El Jobo, Rajada Beach, Copal, Junquillal and Cuajiniquil (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)”
For me, Jaco is the go spend one or two days to surf, eat great and skate, kind of beach. I like the town during the day, it is actually the best place to buy and repair surf boards and the food is really good… in fact, my favourite restaurants are there! But the beach itself isn’t so nice, it is not that clean, and if you are searching for waves, playa Hermosa right next to it is better. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jaco… my best friend’s aunt lives there so we go a lot: we surf, we move around either with a bicycle or a skateboard, we do yoga and we eat delicious! But if you are visiting from out of the country and want to see beautiful places, trust me, you can do better.
I just love this place because you can do practically anything! A common day for me is to wake up to the ocean’s sound and go surfing. Once I finish, I buy a fresh and cold coconut water from the lady on the entrance of the beach and go have a big and delicious breakfast. Then, depending on my mood, I can rest for a while and enjoy the sound of the waves, hang out with my friends or go to the ocean (just to enjoy feeling the waves crashing my body).
If the tide times are late, I like to do some yoga in the morning, previous to… Continue reading “Nosara (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)”