A 16 day road trip through Costa Rica
with surfing, beaches and great food.
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.
Chapter 01 ------------ 02.24.2015
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.
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.
Chapter 02 ------------ 02.25.2015
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.
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
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.
Chapter 04 ------------ 02.27.2015
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.
Chapter 05 ------------ 03.01.2015
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.
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.
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
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.
Chapter 08 ------------ 02.05.2015
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.
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.