costa rica

Picture a luscious, green rainforest haven full of pretty much every type of wildlife, insect and reptile you can find. A place where the locals live a pure life ('Pura Vida!'). The below information is based on a two week holiday in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo, Carrillo, Guanacaste Province, Sardinal District, Costa Rica

✔    Perfect for All Inclusive type holiday.

✔    Beautiful grounds and hotel in the middle of a rainforest               (with one other neighbouring hotel Hotel Riu Guanacaste).

✔    Request jungle facing rooms and get woken up by the

         sound of Howler Monkeys in the morning!

✔    Free WiFi

✔    All inclusive food and A La Carte restaurants.

✔    Large secluded beach (with lots of wildlife including

         pelicans, vultures, crabs, turtles, howler monkeys etc) and

         rainforest walks.

yes, that is a real rainbow!

PRE-TRAVEL INFO

United States DOLLAR

(FIGURES AS PER APRIL 2019)

£1 (GBP)      =       $1.32 (USD)

TRAVEL JABS

For your trip, make sure you have 

 

WHAT YOU "CAN DO'S"

VISIT & SNORKEL on A secret ISLAND

This one was bound to come up eventually, so it may as well be our first stop! San Francisco's grand icon was as impressive as I had hoped. It can be seen from most points along the North coastline, it's pretty hard to miss! If you want to explore the bridge up close, you can rent your own bikes for the day or you can opt to  join guided bike tours.

Alternatively, we decided to ditch the bikes altogether and walked over the bridge. It took approximately 30 minutes to walk from one side to the other. I would personally recommend

Learnt fact: The left-hand side of the bridge is designated just for cyclists, whereas the right-hand side is for pedestrians only. Make sure you're on the correct side beforehand, otherwise it is a big faff to re-cross (the traffic on the bridge is super busy!).

Learnt fact: We were surprised by the amount of emergency 'Samaritan' helpline phones dotted along the bridge,  specifically for people feeling vulnerable or suicidal.

We heard a rustle in the bushes and out popped this little guy! We had never seen this animal before. Turns out it's a 'white-nosed' Coati! It is actually closely related to ringtails and raccoon family. Look at that gorgeous tail!

SPOTTED WILDLIFE

SPOTTED WILDLIFE

Very peckish white-faced Capuchin monkeys!

SPOTTED WILDLIFE

SPOTTED WILDLIFE

GO ON A RAINFOREST TREK

This one was bound to come up eventually, so it may as well be our first stop! San Francisco's grand icon was as impressive as I had hoped. It can be seen from most points along the North coastline, it's pretty hard to miss! If you want to explore the bridge up close, you can rent your own bikes for the day or you can opt to  join guided bike tours.

Alternatively, we decided to ditch the bikes altogether and walked over the bridge. It took approximately 30 minutes to walk from one side to the other. I would personally recommend

Learnt fact: The left-hand side of the bridge is designated just for cyclists, whereas the right-hand side is for pedestrians only. Make sure you're on the correct side beforehand, otherwise it is a big faff to re-cross (the traffic on the bridge is super busy!).

Learnt fact: We were surprised by the amount of emergency 'Samaritan' helpline phones dotted along the bridge,  specifically for people feeling vulnerable or suicidal.