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 COSTA RICA





A 16 day road trip through Costa Rica
with surfing, beaches and great food.

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Intro  ------------  02.23.2015

 

Exploring Costa Rica

My girlfriend Patricia Pinto is a yoga teacher and the founder of Love Surf Yoga retreats. Every year she hosts a one week surf and yoga retreat at Boca Sombrero in Costa Rica and this year I decided to join her.

We wanted to see more of Costa Rica, so we booked an extra week and decided to make it into a road trip. This is our journey.


Flying in to San José - Costa Rica

Chapter 01  ------------  02.24.2015

 

Arenal Volcano

Our car broke down on our first night in Costa Rica.  Luckily for us, we were helped by local cops who even tagged along for some of the ride into our hotel. And lucky for me that my girlfriend speaks Spanish!  Exhausted, we drove through what seemed to be the bumpiest of roads. Most of the smaller roads are terrible and you will definitely need a 4x4 in order to get around.  

When we woke up , we woke up to stunning views of what seemed to be endless green with a lake in the background.  We ate our breakfast while overlooking the lake, and proceeded to get in our car to go for a hike.


Monteverde. Beautiful landscape and small rodes.

After hiking through the Arenal National Park, we decided to drive around the Laguna de Arenal, and ended up in the beautiful hills of Monteverde.  The dramatic hills were filled with wind turbines and the light was bright and yellow. A must go to place in Costa Rica.


Wind turbines in Monteverde

Chapter 02  ------------  02.25.2015

 

Playa Hermosa

Through the crocodile infested river of Rio Tarcoles we ended up at Playa Hermosa, a black sand beach with an advanced surf break. We chilled and hung around the small bars and swam around the warm waters.

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There is no official standing military in Costa Rica. It was constitutionally abolished in 1949 and now has paramilitary forces that perform policing and border controls.

We proceeded to start riding south towards our next stop, and stopped through a very lush forest of palm trees. The small roads like a laburything to nowhere, full of palm trees of all sizes.  We later found out that the palm trees are farmed for palm oil.  

Costa Rica, one of the most ecologically mindful places in the world, gave some land for the farming of palm oil, a practice that is now seemingly a mistake, since the land will not be able to be farmed for anything else once the palm trees are removed.

Chapter 03  ------------  02.26.2015

 

Utiva

We arrived at Parque Ballena, a national coastal park which translates to Whale Beach, due to the shape of the park being exactly the shape of the tale of a whale.  

We took a boat around the coast and saw tons of dolphins.  We also had an opportunity to visit a hidden beach that can only be reached by boat.

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Costa Rica is filled with life. The country hosts more than 5% of the worlds biodiversity.


A hidden beach at Utiva - Only accessible by boat.

Chapter 04  ------------  02.27.2015

 

Boca Sombrero

The retreat was located at Boca Sombrero, a beachfront yoga/surf center with pools, raised tents, and beautiful wood houses around the property.  We stayed in the house below, only a 5 minute walk on the beach to the retreat center.


Our house in Boca Sombrero
 


Django scouting the ocean.


Boca Sombrero has an amazing beach for surfing.


The pink / blue sunsets is truly amazing and very surreal.

Chapter 05  ------------  03.01.2015

 

Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse places in the Western hemisphere, and you can see the wildlife all around you, from exotic birds, to the sounds of monkeys.  


You need to get up quite early to get this kinda view.

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Costa Rica has more than 121 volcanic formations, with seven of them being active.


Patricia about to go surfing.


You easily fall in love with the surfing in Costa Rica.

Chapter 06  ------------  03.02.2015

 

Wild life in Osa

 We also did a couple of hikes as a group and a smaller group went to an epic visit to a wildlife sanctuary, where we hung out with monkeys, saw sloths, toucans, and many many other animals.


Small island just outside of Puerto Jiménez.


We took a small boat to a hidden animal sanctuary in Osa

We also had time to enjoy the crystal blue ocean. The wild life below the ocean is just as magnificent as the one above.

Chapter 07  ------------  03.04.2015

 

Rio Chirripo

After the hot days surfing and hanging out in Osa, we decided to head into the mountains for a refreshing break.  We drove through Indian reservations and ended up in Chirripo lodge, a space located alongside the Rio Chirripo, with incomparable views of the mountains around us and a background noise of the river flowing. 


They call it the Mountain of Death for a reason!


Beautiful mountains in Rio Chirripo

Chapter 08  ------------  02.05.2015

 

Irazú Volcano

We left the following morning to go to the Irazu volcano. A lot of photos show a blue, almost green puddle of water in the center of the volcano, but it was all gone now due to the warm weather. We were told that the volcano had been dry for about 6 years.


The ride to the Irazú Volcano is magnificent. Beautiful farm landscapes all around. 


You can go further up and get a better view of the Volcano.


Me standing at the edge of the volcano


A lonely coyote wandering around.

Chapter 09  ------------  02.08.2015

 

You've reached the end

If you are interested in knowing more about Costa Rica or some of the locations, feel free to e-mail me.