The sounds of the rainforest. Costa Rica

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Our hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest was incredible. Costa Rica

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Our hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest was incredible. Just as in Manuel Antonio, we got there when the park opened and had the trails to ourselves while everyone else waited for their guides by the entrance.

This was one of the coolest nature walks I’ve ever experienced, even though it was too “cloudy” to see anything from the lookout points.

The misty forest rained consistently, but the dense canopy kept us comfortably covered. We spotted a few agoutis and our favorite Costa
Rican friend, the white faced coati.
Although most of the forest critters were hiding from the rain, we heard the most interesting bird calls.

Our experience is better watched and listened to than read about – so I will post a few videos!

Playa Flamingo had a gorgeous beach. Costa Rica

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Playa Flamingo had a gorgeous beach – perfect for walking and swimming. The beach resort had an amazing pool, complete with swim-up bar, and great ocean views from the restaurant (although, we preferred Coco Loco and Angelina’s for meals).

Just a short drive down the beach (literally, we drove on the beach), we found Playa Conchal, where you can rent snorkel gear, swim around the rocky coastline, and have a freshly opened coconut water when you’re finished.

Overall, this was a great stay in Costa Rica!

Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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Our amazing little condominio at Chaman, Casa de Mariposa, had a fantastic little pool, a full kitchen, a washer/dryer, and plenty of adorable resident cats and purple-orange crabs!

It was centrally located on the road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. We were just a few minutes drive from the park, as well as great restaurants and spas (raindrop spa was fantastic).

Our only complaint is that the master bedroom bed was pretty old and uncomfortable – so we slept in the other room, which was great. Overall, if you’re on a budget, you can’t beat this no-frills but still comfortable, beautiful, and tucked-away little gem.

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We had such an amazing stay in Manuel Antonio. We highly recommend it to anyone visiting Costa Rica!