after our wedding we spent one night in san jose, and then the real fun began!
a couple months before our wedding we were trying to figure our what we wanted to do for our honeymoon. we wanted to see the most of costa rica we could, but we also didn’t want to spend tons of time driving. we decided to do a sort of road trip through the country… which meant we ended up driving 4-5 hours every few days, but it was worth it to see so much of such a jaw-drop beautiful place.
our first destination was finca bellavista, a treehouse community high up in the western rainforest only accessible by four wheel drive. the place was amazing! totally worth it. basically, the place has 10-15 tree houses that have been built in a 3-5 mile area hooked by trails. we stayed in a remote cabin totally secluded from everything, private access to the river below, and surrounded by the deafening sounds of bugs, monkeys, and other animals i could never hope to identify! we spent our time hiking, picking vegetables and cooking our own food (beans and rice! what else!), exploring the various tree houses, swimming in the river, and mostly being in such bewilderment that the place we were in was real! if you’re looking for a remote, relaxing, fun-but-kinda-rugged vacation, this is the place.
after our glamping experience, we drove across the country and spent the night at a bed and breakfast in cartago. cartage was beautiful and confusing… mostly because the pueblo we stayed in was overrun with costa ricans in neon workout gear running around? it was the funniest thing. i never pictured these people to be such avid runners, but that’s why you travel i guess!
the next day we continued on our journey to the caribbean side of the country. we passed lots of banana and pineapple plantations, causing us to become pretty obsessed with figuring out banana manufacturing and exportation (so romantic, right?). we made it to puerto viejo, where we stayed at an airbnb for the next few days… cocles, to be exact. we spent our time reading on the beach, playing in the ocean (and getting pummeled by waves if you’re me), snorkeling, eating all the seafood we could find, trying to find the sloths that lived in the trees outside our rental, and falling asleep by 7:30 pm (if you’re tyler). we were awoken most nights by monkeys shrieking and throwing things at our roof. one day we decided to go to panama and took a speed boat to boca del toro islands. all days were spent eating plantain chips and ice cream bars from the supermarkets. we would wake up with the sun hard decisions at hand, like should we go to the beach or breakfast? it was paradise. and then just like that it was over and we were turning in our beloved JIMNY car that took us over 13,000 km. sigh.
(and one more of my favorite sous chef working in our treehouse kitchen)
anyway, there you have it! two weeks in paradise! that’s all she wrote! (no really. i am not writing any more about this, it makes me too jealous of past alyssa.)
more photos here