February 2, 2012

Costa Rica Pt. 1 - San Jose/La Fortuna


St. Augustine said that, "The world is a book and those that do not travel read only one page."  I wrote my own chapter when R and I jumped on a plane to Costa Rica.  The country was absolutely beautiful, the people were kind, and the food was delicious.  
The plan was to rent a car out of San Jose and follow the paved, sometimes dirt, road.  We drove around the entire Western peninsula, trying to see as much as we could in the allotted time that we had.  From San Jose, we traveled to what may have been my favorite destination, La Fortuna.  The town was quiet and quaint; absolutely breath taking.  We stumbled upon Tabacon, a five star world resort, and somehow managed to get a room there for half the price.  The hot springs, heated from Volcan Arenal, were unbelievable.  You could hear the wild life all around as you looked up into the sky, seeing nothing but a canopy of exotic trees, camouflaging the blue sky.  There was fine black sand beneath your toes, and waterfalls on your back.  
We also took a nature walk through bridges hanging - sometimes 100 feet in the air- in the rainforest; as we kept our eyes peeled for wildlife.  We were the first ones there because we were told when all the tourists come, they scare the wildlife away.  We managed to see a sloth and some howler monkeys.  The sights and the views, and the shades of green were absolutely breath taking.  The trees must have been 1,000 feet tall.  Thinking of this place still moves me.  I wanted to stay longer and zip line or rappel down a waterfall, however, there were other places to be seen...     

58 comments:

Sarah said...

Ahhhhhh! Tabacon is where I got engaged!!! Isnt it amazing!?!?! SOOOO Beautiful! recently found your blog, and I love it!!! These pics are amazing, looks like a fantastic time!!!

xo, Sarah

www.rags-n-riches.blogspot.com

Liz Brown said...

Oh that all looks lovely. Both of you look relaxed. :)

Those little animals in the last pictures, are cute! I want to say meerkats. I don't think thats right though.

Sara said...

WOW these are such pretty pictures, the scenery is beautiful!

Sara,
xoxo
sparkle-bomb.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

SO beautiful!
The rainforest especially :)

Looks like you had a blast!
xo

Ash McG said...

wow- these pictures are beautiful! makes me want to go there immediately (: can't wait to see more- glad you had a good time!

Carrie said...

Looks amazing!!

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Holly said...

Beautiful pics, Katie! Can't wait to see pat 2!!

Jessica Gitler said...

love the photos, my Hubby and I just back from Costa Rica at the beginning of the year, we went for a month ... I love it there as well though my fav spot was Manuel Antonio!!
jess
www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

Chloe Jacqueline said...

Amazing photos! Looks and sounds like an amazing time! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Costa Rica, and you are only reinforcing my wanting to go there!

adesertgirl said...

Oh. my. goodness. That looks divine. Heaven. Absolute nirvana.

Oh and I love the sign: "We are not responsible for what can happen if you act like an idiot. Now get out there and have a good time."

WearAbouts said...

looks like an amazing place, katie! <3
Rory
www.WearAboutsBlog.com
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Maria said...

This is so beautiful! I'm so glad y'all had a good time. The nature walk would have to be my favorite thing, except for the whole begin 100 feet in the air! scary!

Erin said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! The hanging bridges look scary. and fun!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

what a fun adventure!!! loving these pictures!! and speaking of sloths, you need to look up kristen bell's video on ellen where she madly obsessed with sloths!

Lauren said...

Looks amazing! New follower. :)

Team Babb said...

WOW! That bridge looks insane! I'd be scared for sure. Appears that ya'll had a good time, your pictures are gorgeous!! Cute font too :) It's nice to see your smiling face again, glad you're back!!

~Mel

Andrea Grace said...

Looks like it was an amazing trip!!
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Purposely at Home said...

oh my goodness! it all looks SO beautiful, relaxing, and peaceful!!

xo
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Jenni@Story of My Life said...

FABULOUS. You guys are freakin sexy.

Taylor said...

These pictures are absolutely amazing!!!!! I just told my fiance to look here for our honeymoon!!! You are gorgeous and love the up close pic with your hair tied back, super gorg! Sounds like you guys had/are having an amazing time.

P.S I need a sloth as pet!

LesleyEpstein said...

LOVE these pics...we're planning a Costa Rica trip and will definitely use some of these suggestions!!!
BTW, I just recently found your blog and I love it!!!!!!

Monica's Notebook said...

WOW these pictures are seriously so beautiful, and so are YOU! I want your camera really bad lol Looks like yall had fun!! :]

Rachel said...

This looks the most wonderful vacation, being able to relax and wander the beautiful countryside. Costa Rica has been on my travel list for some time! I would want to do it the way you did by renting a car. So many people get stuck staying in their resort, the best part is exploring!! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel

www.revolvingmarket.blogspot.com

Bruleegirl said...

Great pics!!! I love Costa Rica!

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh....I LOVE these pictures. I'm planning on coming to go this summer for a wedding and this just made me way more excited!! We're staying in Manual Antonio--did you guys go there??

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Allie Ruth Morris said...

Katie,

I just started following your blog before you left for vacation and after lurking your older posts and falling in love with your little blog I kept on checking back for more from you, so I'm glad you're back! But I loved your guest posts and found some awesome blogs through them :) Your trip looks seriously AMAZING and makes me want to travel. Those are stunning pictures and you and your husband are adorable. I loved looking through them.

Allie Ruth Morris
acatchychorus.blogspot.com

projectdowhatyoulove said...

Beautiful pictures! Love it, you must be having a blast! Also I love the picture with the bus! :)

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

Natella Mammadova said...

Stunning! What a beautiful world we live in!

Kisses,
Natella

Passion for art and fashion

Maria said...

Oh my oh my! These pictures are truly stunning. And the destination speaks for itself. Costa Rica has recently jumped to the top of my must-see list. Did you know they have a sloth orphanage over there? BABY sloths without mamas or papas. Awww...

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

WOW Katie! your photos are breathtaking! looks like you guys really enjoyed your holidays :) can't wait to see more photos :)

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

Ashley said...

So scenic! Placing costa rica on the "places to go" list for sure now. Looks like you guys had an amazing time!

Jenna said...

Wow this looks incredible - what amazingly lovely photos!

I haven't been to costa rica yet, but everyone I speak to that has been seems to love it.

Those hot springs look like heaven :)

xxx
Jenna

FAshiOnistA ErA said...

really gorgeous!! love the pictures!! i always love to keep in touch and visit all my fav blogs.. do drop by!! :)0

xoxo hanz
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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

this trip looks so beautiful katie!!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Shabana said...

Looks like you had a great time! The pics are gorgeous! I'll really be thinking of making Costa Rica my next vacation destination. Thanks for sharing Katie!

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Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife said...

looks like an amazing time for you and your hubby!

Sarah said...

Wow. What a beautiful place! (And what a beautiful couple you two make, too.) Just found your blog, loving it!

The Yuppie Files said...

Lovely! I went to Costa Rica a few years ago & the Tabacon hot springs was definitely a favorite.

Job and Rachael said...

Ahh so beautiful! These pictures are stunning, thanks for sharing them! It makes me want to go explore somewhere with my husband really soon :) *Planning....*

BmoreLoveLeigh said...

Love your vacation pics! Your man is a mega stud, and you are gorgeous!

My husband and I have always had Costa Rica on our wish list. Hopefully next year!

Kayla @ www.sealedwithakay.com said...

Every photo is just beautiful! Looks like you had a great trip! :D

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Jenny said...

Ah, this makes me want to go back. I have pictures of myself in some of these same places! Love the coatis in the last picture.

Beckie said...

Uhm- you and your hubby are like Photoshop perfect!! Wow- and what a place go and visit!!!

Jewels said...

Oh Costa Rica is one of my most favorite places! I went there a few years ago and saw the volcano and zip lined and saw the beach and rain forest and the little coaties following us in our vehicle.

Whitney said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time, loved seeing your pictures. I love being able to go back through my blog and seeing pictures from a vacation! You and your husband are a model couple!

eden said...

makes me miss my home. Glad you enjoyed my country!

Leah said...

Looks amazing! Beautiful photos.

xo L.

Rachael said...

The rainforest would be amazing to see! Wow. I love how green everything is! So pretty.
Love the photos too. The hot springs looks so relaxing! Sigh.
And that volcano looks pretty cool. Well, not if it explodes, but you know what I mean.
Glad you had a great trip :)

Jessica said...

This is so crazy. I just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago. I love it by the way.

Back to the crazy part. My husband are going to Costa Rica for ten days in April for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have rented a house in Guanacaste, Playa Negra.....Did you venture there at all?

Just wondering....it seems to be so beautiful there. I can't wait.

Jessica

.Candy. said...

the photos are magnificent! you guys look like you really had a blast taking in all the sights! i especially love the one with the hanging bridge and the hot springs! lovely places! wish i could pay CR a visit soon!



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The WholeFamDamily said...

oh my gosh, all your pictures could be postcards, it's so beautiful there!! aaaaand of course, you guys are like the cutest couple of life, aren't u tall? your hubby must be really tall too, stunning couple, so glad you had so much fun and had a chance to go on vacation, how wonderful is that!! woohoo!!

xoxo
hillary

Lacijnicole said...

I have stood in so many of those same spots! I absolutely love Costa Rica!

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Lauren Bryant said...

beautiful photographs! i'm sure it was much more breathtaking in person. and those coatimundi in the last picture! how adorable - do they come up to everyone?

http://itslalalauren.blogspot.com/

vane ferrer said...

Awwww I stayed in the Tabacon Resort also it's so beautiful and the best hot springs in Arenal!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the photos from your trip. I was hoping that you would be able to go to Tabacon. It was my favorite spot too! I also did the hanging brings but didn't see any wildlife. Did you get to go on the zip-lines?

Michelle said...

My husband and I went to Costa Rica in November for our honeymoon and it was amazing! He had been there previously so we knew some of the good places to go and Tabacon was one of them! Such a beautiful country! So cool to see someone else who has traveled there :)

New follower!

XOXO Michelle

Frances said...

These wonderful sights are meant to be enjoyed to the fullest! People who have recently bought cars from used cars San Jose dealers mustn't miss these sights!