Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Costa Rica Itinerary

This trip, more than any others we have done so far, I have had friends asking me for details of the itinerary. It is such a do-able trip time and money wise, especially from Houston, that I thought I would share the overview here and just link my detailed blog posts to it as I get them done over the next week or so.
This trip was super easy to plan because we mostly just stayed in one place and the owner helped set up everything I wanted to do while we were there (their website has tons of info) so it kept things simple for me!

We flew into San Jose, Costa Rica on Southwest, a direct flight and super affordable.

We stayed one night in San Jose at the Hampton Inn, they have a free shuttle to and from the airport and it's super close by. A good local restaurant chain is also right outside of it (Rosti Pollos, think El Pollo Loco) that makes for an easy meal when you arrive. The hotel has an awesome breakfast buffet included (but a horrible gym that consists of one treadmill, one elliptical and one bike, no weights).

We were back to the airport the next day to fly into Puerto Jimenez on Nature Air. (Sansa is another airline that flies into the teeny little town) That flight itself was a fun experience. A 35 minute ride in a propeller plane (a 17-seater on the way there and only a 12-seater on the way back). The flights were pretty cheap as well if booked in advance and definitely better than hours driving there.
Day 1: Introduction to Osa Peninsula
Our little home, which we stayed in for 5 nights and LOVED, was one of the Casa Bambu Homes...
You are steps from a beach which is basically a private beach (a little rocky in the water but the kids still loved it and boogie boarded, kayaked, etc. all provided by the house), surrounded by trees where monkeys come play and scarlet macaws are everywhere. It was absolutely amazing.
It is just south of Corcovado National Park, which contains almost every animal species in all of Costa Rica on one tiny peninsula. In the area around our house we also saw all 4 types of Costa Rican monkeys, coati, toucans, sloths, and more.
The home is rustic but has real bathrooms and hot showers, 4 bedrooms, a full kitchen and a porch with hammock. We didn't have any issues with any creepy crawlies in the house, but I also tried to avoid getting out of bed in the middle of the night if possible. haha. It was a little hot at night when trying to go to sleep but there were little fans in the beds and it cooled down a bit and we got good breezes. We also found out while there that March and April are their hottest months...they are also dry months which is good (NO mosquitoes! So crazy!).

There is info on all the tours on the website and I just emailed the owner about which ones we wanted to do and he set them all up for us and arranged a driver since we didn't rent a car. We did the zipline, gulf tour with wildlife sanctuary stop, Corcovado National Park hike and then the rest of the time just hung out around the house's beach.
Day 2: The Grand Slam and Ziplining Costa Rica
Day 3:Touring the Golfo Dulce with Dolphins
Day 4: Hiking Corcovado National Park to find a Tapir
Day 5: Enjoying our Paradise
Day 6: Saying Goodbye and Hello
We stayed two nights in San Jose on our way home to give ourselves a full day in the city at a different hotel Mike got on Hotwire. It was cheap and really cute (El Rodeo, although I preferred the Hampton Inn for convenience).
Day 7: Exploring San Jose and the Museo de Oro

The Osa peninsula was a little piece of few tourists which is always what I am trying to find :-).
I'm excited to relive it all as I start going through all the pictures from our 8 night trip!

I only have a couple pictures from the day we flew from Houston to Costa Rica. Our flight didn't leave until 5pm, so we spent the morning getting packed and doing laundry after our weekend in Dallas. My grandparents stopped by so that the kids could give my grandma the birthday cards they hadn't had time to make before her birthday party. Preston made the sweetest, most detailed card and present and I wanted to be sure he gave it to her in person :-). Before we knew it we were off to begin our adventure!
this video is actually from the next morning waiting in the shuttle at Hampton Inn to head back to the airport and head to Puerto Jiminez...

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