Dumdurudu… It’s time for the Top 5 Costa Rica! (The first part (positions 6-10) can be found here.)
This little village on the tip of the Nicoya peninsula made me fall head over heels! It was pretty touristic, but it was something about the laid-back atmosphere, the colorful houses and the variety of the activities that made me feel like nothing else existed. I have already included some really cool things that we did there (like the yoga class, the waterfall and surfing), but I loved this place so much that I felt it needed to get the first position. (Although the “roads” here damaged the wheels on my suitcase, and now make me really annoyed whenever I travel, I am not bitter at all!)
2. Turtle Beach Lodge (inside the Tortuguero National Park)
This was the first place we went after arriving in San José, and also the only organized tour we did. After almost a million hours on a boat, we arrived at this secluded lodge in the middle of the rain forest. So many colorful and exotic animals everywhere. Suddenly Marita and I became super interested in plants, bugs and birds. Must have been something in the tap water.
After a hike around El Arenal Volcano (which we didn’t even get to see because of the weather), we stopped by this amazingly beautiful outdoor spa with pools from the hot springs. The photos doesn’t even make justice, it was so calm, clean and beautiful. When we decided that we had had enough, we took a couple of drinks at the pool bar, that turned into some white wine, that turned into some red wine and some mini burgers. And the rest is a bit blurry.
4. Surfing at Playa Grande with Young Vision Surf School
Neither Marita or I had ever tried to surf before, but waaaa… how I loved it! I was so sad when I had to get out of the water although I could barely walk because I was so exhausted! I usually prefer to just put my feet in the water, but here I felt like a fish… a mermaid… a dolphin! (Although I probably didn’t look like that at all! Ha-ha!) The instructors (Álvaro and Manuel) were also really cool, so I highly recommend them if you’re going to that area.
5. Playa Manuel Antonio (inside the Manuel Antonio National Park)
The beaches we had seen earlier on the trip hadn’t really lived up to our expectations, so when we entered the National Park we went completely nuts! Since we went in Christmas there were quite a lot of people there, but they all hid out in the forest in the shadows, so it didn’t feel crowded at all. We were almost the only crazy ones lying out in the sun, desperate for some color. And color we got. (Read: red.)