Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Costa Rica Did Us Right

Now that's a vacation!
I really do not know where to start. As a reminder, our vacation is better than the pictures. We planned everything just right and got lucky with the weather. September is at the heart of rainy season for Costa Rica. Before we left, we checked
the 10 day forecast and it was 60% chance of thunderstorms, everday! We only got caught in it once at the wrong time. Our trip was planned for 9 days, which may seem like a lot, but traveling is a beast to get to where we were going.
Direct flight from Houston to San Jose. 4+ hour drive plus a 1 hour ferry...not to mention, the last hour is along a narrow, bumpy, dirt road. We lost 2 days for traveling right at the get-go.
We stayed at Sandy Lane Estate...
which is located in Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Pennisula just North of Mal Pais.
Santa Teresa is a small surfing town that is just awesome.
The town was consistently out of cash, gas & food! What more could you ask for?
We were in true vacation mode, enjoying the beach & pool with books and music.
We planned an activity every other day, so we could really appreciate doing absolutely nothing the next day.

We rented quads...
to drive an hour to Montezuma...
to hike to the waterfalls.
Definitely worth the hike!
The Costa Rican countryside is best appreciated on a 4 wheeler!
Fishing tour...
off the coast of Santa Teresa & Mal Pais.
Blake and Nate each caught a Durado (Mahi Mahi), enough to feed us for days!

Ray caught a Baracuda. With all the fresh fish, he created gourmet meals for days!

Canopy Tour...


Zip-Lining over the tropical forest of Mal Pais.

By far, the most I've ever seen Ray smile!
And yes, he is upside-down in this picture!

We spent time on the beach, every morning and every night...
surfing and boogie-board'n...
Really, we just got a lot of pictures that help us appear to be surfing.
No one ever got up.
In fact, the only thing we have to show for our surfing is my crazy ear infection & after Ray's nasty spill,
his MRI is TBD.
No, I'm not kidding.
Michelle and I spent an afternoon at a yoga class and getting a massage at the Flor Blanca (a small boutique 'hotel' just down the beach).
Is there any doubt?
Nope! This is the perfect vacation.


Linsey said...

You guys really did go on the perfect vacation! I'm counting down the months. can we copy you next year?!?!? I'm glad you had so much fun! I can't wait to hear all about it! Linsey

Tara said...

That looks so AWESOME!!! So glad you guys had so much fun. Now we know where to plan our next vacation. :) (p.s. I noticed you didn't mention how much you missed Sam in the entire post, haha)

Emily and Jake Shoff said...

Jamie! thanks for the veggie imput. I am all ears to it all! Your vacation looked like a blast! I am so jealous. Especially when it comes to a day spa~ yummy. We went to Maui when I was 7 months pregnant with Brady and left Zach for 10 days with my mom. I have to say that the first 5-6 days I was great. Didn't miss him. Well, I missed him, but I was enjoying myself. But by day 8-9, I was ready to be home with him again. It's funny how you can travel the world and love it, but when all is said and done, you just want to be home with your babies. :) Glad you had a blast in the sun! Loves~