Costa Rica was one of my favorite childhood vacations. I loved hearing Arenal erupt, driving around without seat belts (not sure what my parents were thinking), and boogie boarding at the beach. This spring break, after years of waiting for the right age, we took Ava and Charlie to experience my memories.
For Ava, ziplining was the highlight of the trip. She asked about it repeatedly until I realized I would have to produce the goods. In addition to ziplining, Charlie also enjoyed surfing (which was “nice and cool”). Leah managed to catch a wave in the first five minutes but it took me the entire 90 minute lesson. Food-wise, simple was the best: Leah and I ordered “comida tipica” once or twice a day (black beans, rice, chicken or steak, plantain, and a salad).
If you care to fork our itinerary, here’s what we did:
- Spent two nights at Arenal Observatory Lodge, one night at Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast in Monteverde (could’ve been two), and three nights at a fabulous Airbnb in Tamarindo (“tamagringo” is a correct nickname for the city).
- Had a lovely afternoon at Eco Termales Hot Springs near Arenal.
- Ziplined the Sky Adventures Sky Trek in Monteverde, and then did the Kinkajou Night Walk in the evening.
- Rafted Rio Corobici with RCR Rafting on the drive to Tamarindo and saw crocodiles, howler monkeys, bats, and a variety of birds.
- Caught some waves on our last full day with Avellanas Soul Surf School.
Overall, an A+ vacation, and we’re already looking forward to a week of surfing on our next visit.