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Costa Rica

I have always wanted to go surfing in Costa Rica – so when I saw some photos of Barcelo Langosta Beach – an all inclusive resort – I thought it was the perfect place to go for our honeymoon.  Adventure for me and a relaxing vacation for my husband.

Costa Rica was beautiful and I found it interesting how different this country was from Belize or Guatemala.  I felt a certain peace in the land as we drove through all the small towns and lush countryside.  Perhaps it’s because they abolished their army in 1948, and have since used these funds to strengthen their educational system.  I found out that Costa Rica has approximately a 97% literacy rate and every town we drove through had a school.  Amazing.

Our hotel was fairly off the beaten track, and I felt as though I was living in the middle of a rainforest.  The food was delicious – the best I have had at any all-inclusive – and I particularly enjoyed exploring the beach, which was filled with volcanic rock.  We also hiked along tree top bridges through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, went ziplining and horseback riding, relaxed in a volcanic spa and I finally learned to surf – totally awesome.  You can read my review “Honeymoon in Costa Rica” here .  I can totally understand why so many Canadians buy property in Costa Rica – I can’t wait to go back.

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

Surf’s Up – Barcelo Langosta Beach

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

Among The Tides – Barcelo Langosta Beach

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

Nothing Is Trivial – Barcelo Langosta Beach

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

Under The Sea – Barcelo Langosta Beach

Selvatura Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Into The Abyss – Selvatura Park, Monteverde

Hummingbird Garden, Selvatura Park, Monteverde

Sip – Hummingbird Garden, Selvatura Park, Monteverde

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Costa Rican Coffee – Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Lime Seabass – Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Fresh Mango Juice & Onion Soup – Monteverde, Costa Rica

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

Upon Us – Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

The Clearing – Barcelo Langosta Beach

Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo

I Will Not Walk Alone – Barcelo Langosta Beach

Guatemala and Belize

The first trip I really took on my own was to Belize and Guatemala with GAP Adventures – and it was, indeed, an amazing adventure.  From ziplining through the jungle to camping along the Belize River; swimming with sharks and stingrays to wandering the quiet streets of Flores – every day was a new adventure.   The highlight for me was exploring Tikal and swimming through the ATM cave, it was fascinating and creepy to be amongst Mayan ruins and seeing the remains of their sacrifices.  Despite all this excitement however, we were also privileged to be invited into a local person’s home for some fresh chicken and also ate homemade conch stew along the beach in Caye Caulker.

Flores, Guatemala

Flores, Guatemala

Universal - Flores, Guatemala

Universal – Flores, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

Home - San Jose, Guatemala

Home – San Jose, Guatemala

 

Follow - San Jose, Guatemala

Follow – San Jose, Guatemala

Flutter - Trek Stop, San Ignatio, Belize

Flutter – Trek Stop, San Ignatio, Belize

Belize River

Belize River

Sacrifice - ATM Cave, San Ignatio, Belize

Sacrifice – ATM Cave, San Ignatio, Belize

Snorkeling in Caye Caulker

Snorkeling in Caye Caulker

At Sea - Caye Caulker, Belize

At Sea – Caye Caulker, Belize

Hawaiian Pizza...with Hot Sauce - Caye Caulker, Belize

Hawaiian Pizza…with Hot Sauce – Caye Caulker, Belize