Pura Vida; the two words to take away from this beautiful destination. In Spanish it directly translates to “pure life” however this short sang has vast meanings to each individual.
Tourism is relatively new here, so naturally the real estate and housing market is pretty affordable. Depending on your style of travel you can find 8 bedroom mansions for as little as $1000 a night or a low-key guesthouse where you can share an 8 bed room for $10 a night. Being on our last week of the South American adventure, our budget directed us toward a low-key bunk house just meters away from the National Park. This unique park has many biospheres; forests, swamp, lagoons and white sand beaches. Here you can easily spot a wild sloth, howler monkey, alligators, eyelash viper, and depending on the time of year, even migrating whales.
The beaches are just as great as the forest! Having just returned from Hawaii, I was very impressed by the size of the powerful waves. Rented a surf board and hit the waves until my eyes burned of salt. Was surprised by how easy it was to get up on the board the first time too. There are plenty of beach activities to entertain yourself including boat rides to Isla Nublar, jet skiing, boogy boarding and straight up pina coloda beach drinking.
In the small town outside Fortuna we spent a glorious night at the Tabacon Thermal Pools.This spa is truly the best natural thermal pool I’ve encountered, with lush green plants, waterfalls and so many private pools that you feel you have the entire park to yourself. The next day we paid $10 each to walk the 2 hour trail toward the Volcano. It was so secluded a howler monkey threw a stick at us because we invaded his territory.
On day four we took a quick shuttle bus to the airport where we said goodbye this secret gem and promised to return. Of all the places, Costa Rica felt the least “touristy” and it was easy to see the locals were not trying to turn an easy dollar.
I am now fully aware that this very long trip around the sun is coming to an end. Booked our flights to Havana, Cuba, which also means we are booking our flights to Denver, Colorado too. Such a bittersweet feeling, knowing when you will be off the road. Although I would be lying if I didn’t say how much I miss the comforts of home. Wherever I choose to call home next.