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A guide to Arenal Costa Rica

Red plant in the Arenal area of Costa Rica

He yells, waving wildly.   The waterfall drowns out most of his words.  My Spanish is not good enough to put meaning to the words I do hear.  


Rincón de la Vieja National Park – a guide

woman in swimming hole in front of Oropendola Waterfall

With so many options to visit National Parks in Costa Rica, you might be tempted to skip the out-of-the-way Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Don’t make that mistake. Follow our guide to visiting Rincón de la Vieja National Park.


A day at Coco Beach in Costa Rica

“Come. Come.” he insists in Spanish. Eat. Eat. On my first day at Coco Beach in Costa Rica, I stare at the muscly chunk of white flesh offered on a blood-slicked knife. My first refusal was ignored and I don’t… Continue Reading…


Costa Rica: 2-week itinerary

Monkey sitting on log in jungle

Costa Rica has so much to offer. Beaches, mountains, volcanoes, and eco-adventures abound.   Twenty-five percent of the country is under some type of protected conservation status.   You could explore for months and still not experience all the wonder.… Continue Reading…


Troy Spring State Park

Looking down at Troy Spring

A 70-foot deep spring? Turtles, fish and the possibility of an alligator? The remains of a steamboat from the 1800s?   Sign us up for Troy Spring State Park!


Madison Blue Spring State Park

blue spring

Meh. Shrug. Madison Blue Spring isn’t what we pictured. That was our initial impression on our first ever visit to a Florida spring.   It is a hole with some water in it and it seems sort of crowded. There are tubers,… Continue Reading…