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Costa Rica is Everything! Volume 2

Posted on 12 January 2017

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and there is so much to see and do. There are so many different areas to explore and so many hidden gems all around you. The best part about this for me is that my brother has moved to Costa Rica and literally knows the place inside and out. On this trip, my BFF and I headed South in March. It was a trip that couldn't have come at a better time as we both really needed to get away, winter in Toronto was taking forever to go away so it was a very welcome experience at that exact time. 

(First on the plane! Wearing our "Take Me Away" Leggings! www.secretlivesotw.com)

One of the first adventures we headed out on was to this secluded Spa called Rio Perdido and I have to say for me, it was the absolute highlight of this trip. I loved every second of it. Dave hired a driver for us for the day and we were taken about an hour out of town to the spa. The drive there was scenic and educational at the same time as the driver gave us a detailed summary of everything that was going on around us. I really like that because I like to learn about the culture, customs and history when I'm in new places. After about an hour in the van we were really ready to get out, only to realize that there was another 30 minutes of off roading to get down to the spa! By the time we arrive I was a bit green but it was worth it. When you first arrive to the spa you walk into this beautiful building surrounded by incredible views, which is crazy because that last bit of the drive you are convinced that there is nothing around you! 

(Entrance way at Rio Perdido, Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

I don't really know what I was expecting, but I was definitely not expecting the absolutely beauty that was about to unfold in front of me. 

(Photo taken at Rio Perdido, Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

After you check in at reception, you walk out and begin your adventure. You are high up above this gorgeous river that you can go zip lining right above. Simply amazing! (Please note, you should call and book all your services in advance, Dave can help you with that I added his contact to the end of this blog.)

We decided that we were going to the hot springs for the morning, then for massages and lunch. My kinda ish!

(Photos taken in the natural springs, Rio Perdido, Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

First stop once you make your way down the paths, deep into the jungle there is a spot where you can paint yourself with mud. We were hysterical when doing this and thoroughly enjoying becoming mud people. My only advice to anyone who decides to do this is to wear a bathing suit that you don't care about because the smell of the sulphur will stay with you forever if you decide to keep it! After you have generously covered your entire body in mud you make your way to a chain of natural hot springs. They are beyond beautiful and you are truly at one with nature when you are relaxing in these pools. The closer you get to the last natural pool the warmer the temperature of the water gets. Just an incredible experience!

(Photos taken in the natural springs, Rio Perdido, Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

After a few hours of floating, soaking and just taking it all in we had to head back up for our "couples massage!" The massage took place in an open concept area that overlooks the jungle and pool. There are white curtains blowing the light breeze and all the sounds of the birds and water falls can be heard loud and clear. It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable massages I've had in life. I strongly suggest you do this if you head to Rio Perdido. 

(Massages happening behind the white curtains, enjoying our time in the pool, Rio Perdido, Costa Rica)

After our massage, we headed back to the pool for a quick dip while we waited for our table at lunch time. Lunch was buffet style Costa Rican dishes and was awesome. Our day at the spa was one for the books and I can't wait to go back there again!

On the way back to Playas Del Coco we stopped at another hidden gem called Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Guanacaste. It was absolutely breathtaking. 

(Photos taken at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

I have always been fascinated with the beauty of trees and natural scenery so for me this was a real treat! Strong roots have so much deep meaning I just love it. 

(Photos taken at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

The next day, Dave took us to see another new beach that I haven't been to yet. It wasn't a long drive maybe twenty minutes from where we were. The beach is called Playa Grande also known as the surfing beach in Costa Rica. The beach goes on for miles and isn't busy at all. Felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves it was awesome!

(Katya reaching out to her people, Playa Grande, Costa Rica)

(Rocky cooling off in his self dug hole, Playa Grade, Costa Rica)

(Photos taken at Playa Grande, Costa Rica)

(Best way to stay hydrated! Straight from the coconut!)

As I mentioned in the last blog Costa Rica has amazing places to eat and this trip was no exception. we made our usual rounds to our favourite spots but also went to a new place called Father Rooster. We had some sushi, tacos and green drinks. Super yum!

(Photos taken at Father Rooster, Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica)

I've been to Costa Rica three times now and all at different times of the year, but I have to say the best month that I have experienced to date to witness the most beautiful sunsets was March. Maybe I'm just imagining that it was better at this time, but for me I had never seen anything like it!

(Photos taken at Pacifico Beach Club, Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica)

(Last sunset on our last day, Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica)

If you are thinking about booking a trip down to Costa Rica please feel free to contact Dave and tell him you read about him in the Secret Lives… blog. He knows that place inside out and can help you plan your dream vacation- or even buy a new home! Please click the link below to view all of the available properties and tell him Heidi sent you :)

www.costaricavacation.properties

Email: richcoastvacations@gmail.com

 

Stay tuned for Volume 3 of the "Costa Rica is Everything!" Blog Series coming soon... 

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