I can’t remember when I first decided to travel to Costa Rica. It must have been sometime during the pandemic, when I heard about others escaping there. After many travels to Southeast Asia I was ready to explore a country in another part of the world. Saying goodbye to the many restrictions in Vienna was an added incentive. After staying in San José for three days I was a bit fazed that maybe I had made a wrong choice. As it turned out though, I had made exactly the right decision in coming to Costa Rica.
My trip included a three nights stay in Tortuguero, a national park for its turtles. Even without seeing a single one, coming here was the beginning of a beautiful journey. The adventure already began on the way to the National Park. Arriving by boat during rain made for an interesting experience.
After Tortuguero I decided to stay on the Caribbean side and headed down to Cahuita. The initial plan was to explore Puerto Viejo for a couple of days. But people I met on the boat to Tortuguero told me about Cahuita and its more relaxed style. Since I am all for taking it easy, I booked three nights in Cahuita and loved every minute of it.
All these beaches on the Caribeean side made me yearn for some mountains. So my next stop was La Fortuna and the volcano Arenal. I stayed again for three nights in light of all the amazing tours that can be booked from La Fortuna.
More mountains or rather the cloud forest of Monteverde were my next stop. Too bad that the weather here was truly beautiful, so I never so the forest shrouded in mist. But one afternoon it rained and within minutes all of Monteverde was plunged in a deep fog. I had to turn around exploring the village because I didn’t want to become roadkill.
After the refreshing mountain air of Monteverde I was ready for some beach again. This time on the Pacific side. I had set my sights on a little beach destination called Montezuma. And no, the former King of the Aztecs didn’t bring down his wrath on me (at least not here). I thoroughly enjoyed the endless, empty beaches on the Nicoya Penninsula.
My final stop in Costa Rica was the town of Tamarindo. Full of American tourists, it has all the amenities you expect of a beach vacation spot. Lots of tourists, sun loungers for rent, many bars and restaurants. Personally, I found it a bit of an overkill after almost three weeks of rather quiet traveling. Still, I did what every tourist is after, I watched the sunset on the beach.
Costa Rica has so many different sides. Every place I saw enchanted me from a new perspective. Honestly, three weeks were not enough. On the other hand, this is not a cheap country. After traveling extensively in Asia for years, maybe I am a bit spoiled. Despite staying in hostels and eating mostly in sodas, I spent a lot of money. Still, it was worth every cent and I would love to return to Costa Rica some time in the near future. Yours, Pollybert