My Trip to Costa Rica Part 1: The Adventure

by melissa on August 9, 2012 · 11 comments

Yes, yes, I’m FINALLY getting around to posting some pictures of our trip to Costa Rica.

Three weeks I spent there.

Three weeks traveling the country, just hanging out in the neighborhood with family and even a couple of late nights partying like I did “back in the day.” You know, when I could sleep in. (Except I didn’t sleep in with the kids so one night with 1.5 hours of sleep was no fun but so worth it.

To say our trip was amazing doesn’t do it justice. But to say it was a cake walk is a big fat lie too.

The kids were tough. By tough I mean some days I wasn’t even sure they were my kids. But luckily my family loves them no matter what. And so do I. It helps that they’re cute too.

So I decided to divide my Costa Rica pictures up into two posts. Today’s all about adventure, baby!

Beware- it’s a barrage of pictures.. but they are beautiful!

Our First Few Days

The kids loved being at the airport. That’s what Little Roo was most excited about but he actually got a little scared on take off and just cuddled me. We scored and he slept the entire first flight.

After a day with family, we drove hours away with my cousin and her 3 year old for four days at the beach. We visited four beaches- Conchal, Flamingo, Tamarindo and Langosta. Conchal was the most beautiful but the waves were the most kid-friendly at Tamarindo.


The roadtrip of the century was to Monteverde, the Cloud Forest. We drove for hours to get there, do a thing or two, then drive back. With cranky kids. But at least we got to see amazing hummingbirds (like 20 at once!) and take a hike through the forest that included walking on wobbly bridges high above the ground.

The highlight was climbing 20 feet up a hollowed-out tree. Big Roo and I spidermanned it up with our cousins while Daddy Roo and a sleeping Little Roo took the easy way. (The butterfly picture is actually from a different place but Big Roo’s smile is the result of a blue butterfly landing on his cheek!)

Volcano Time!

I never go to Costa Rica without visiting a volcano. There are around 200 volcanic “formations” but I’ve only visited a handful. But I hadn’t been to Poas since I was a kid so it was pretty much new to me.

(Nevermind that random family beach picture at the bottom- I didn’t wear my bathing suit to the swim in the volcano lake.)

The Canopy Tour

By far the most adventurous thing we did in Costa Rica was going on a zipline! Fourteen of them actually. The weekend after Daddy Roo headed back to the U.S. a bunch of us headed to the beach. Again. Oh the tough life! This time we went to the popular Jaco Beach. My cousin’s friend works at a Canopy Tour place so we got a slick deal.

Big Roo wanted to go on the zipline so bad and luckily he was the perfect age to go with a guide. I tell ya– it’s exhilarating to pretty much fly through the trees with a view of the ocean in the distance. And to watch your kids face as he zips through the air with a giant smile on his face and his hair blowing back? I’ll remember that forever.

Stay tuned for part 2 in the next few days!

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1 Stephanie August 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

That looks like a fantastic trip!! So happy you had fun :)
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2 Paula @ Simply Sandwich August 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

What an awesome opportunity! So neat that can share this beautiful country with your kiddos! :)
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3 Natalie August 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

What an amazing trip!! I grew up in Panama so it looks similar! Thanks for sharing!
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4 Alissa August 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Love all these fabulous photos!!
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5 Marcy August 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

Love your photos! I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica. The rain forests were so beautiful, and I am still recovering from the adventures I had.
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6 melissa August 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

Costa Rica is beautiful isn’t it? I love the variety of adventures you can have there.

7 Traci Lehman August 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Beautiful!!! If you had to pick one of the adventures you did above, what would be your top pick? I am taking an vacation with my friends for our 40 bdays next year so would love to hear your thoughts on your favorites. Thanks for sharing!
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8 melissa August 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

I think the canopy tour was my favorite! Although back in 1999 I did a whitewater trip through the rainforest which was equally amazing!

9 Sara August 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Wow, beautiful photos Mel! It must have been so fun to share this with your boys. What an amazing adventure for all of you! =)
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10 Born27 August 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I am taking an vacation with my friends for our 40 bdays next year so would love to hear your thoughts on your favorites.
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