Welcome to Costa Rica!
Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is an interactive sensory experience…PURA VIDA!
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”
Costa Rica has approximately 850 bird species, 600 of which are non-migratory. The other birds migrate during the North American winter, making a stop in Costa Rica before continuing on to South America.
The tectonic plates under Costa Rica shift from time to time, creating anywhere from 2 to 40 earthquakes in a month’s time. These tremors are usually rather slight and barely noticeable.
Due to its geographical location, Costa Rica bridges the northern and southern most points of the two American contents. This makes Costa Rica the meeting point of a variety of cultures and a density of plant and animal species said to be unlike any other country in the world.
Situated in the Central American isthmus, immediately north of Panama, with ports in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and 153 highway miles between them.
In the Western Hemisphere, Costa Rica is the only country without an army or military of any kind. Since 1948, there has been no armed force or military regime in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is among the countries with the highest amount of protected land in the world; 25% of the national territory is dedicated to the national park system or biological, marine and land reserves, as well as other natural wildlife areas.
Photographer, Life Enthusiast
“It’s easy to live the expected and conventional. It’s when you live the unexpected that you start having fun with your life.” Richard Bach, Messiah’s Handbook ~Reminders for the Advanced Soul
How did I reach middle-aged? By laughing, exploring, love and service to the earth around me. Gratitude is an action word. Join me – smile and breathe and the rest will come!
My 1st trip to Costa Rica was long overdue. Early in 2016 I was invited as the photographer for an attache of folks from Las Vegas to visit Cuba. Due to the recent economic downturn, I had not really traveled outside the US for many years with my last trip being to Italy.
The Cuba trip never came together but I became overwhelmingly thirsty for another international trip. Costa Rica has always had a solid reputation as American-friendly, with a reasonable exchange on currency and the locals are willing to communicate in English as necessary. I pulled up flights on Southwest and was pleasantly surprised to find flights from Las Vegas to San Jose for the mid $400’s plus Costa Rican taxes. BOOK IT!
There is something magically compulsive once you purchase your destination airfare tickets. I became consumed with trying to determine my best itinerary for a 7 day visit. I have done enough traveling to compile my expectations, needs and bonus factors to stay within a budget but sit still long enough “to be present”. I remember when I “moved” to Italy, college kids where going to 50 countries in 4 days and probably missing all the content but still having fun. I am into content.
Rewarding trips for me are the opportunities to connect with locals and quickly blend into the least conspicuous position. I quickly take notice where the local tradesmen are eating their lunch, or where does mom do her local food shopping, etc. The next and probably most important component is adventure. Retail adventure can be acceptable as an alternative (paid river rafting trips, ziplines, kayaking, etc) but I prefer to just find my way. In Costa Rica, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for several guides that made my explorations fruitful.
In all of my internet searching, it seemed like the Osa region and visiting the Corcovado National Park was the best chance for an 100% off-the-grid experience and it did not disappoint! It was difficult to choose a secondary location but I decided on the Tamarindo beaches for a contrary experience.
Surf around my website and I hope you find enjoyable content to help you plan your next trip to Costa Rica!